pre shrunk

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Details of Bold floral No.4 & 4A - 20 x 5 - acrylic & ink on plywood - Susan Black

This piece was created for a gallery submission for 4" x 5" art pieces called Pre-Shrunk hosted by the Argyle Fine Art, Barrington Street Halifax. Les deadline last night at midnight (I'm happy to report I was snug in my bed with my current book by 9:30). Of course I've known about it for a month or so, had the Prince ready my plywood canvas and have been madly doing mentals (meaning plenty of screeching gears sounds & smoke wafting from ears & nostrils :-) ever since. My intention all along was to be inspired by the looseness & colour of this piece - but my looseness became lost and my drawing tight - oh well. I continued on to the finish never-the-less. I really love it when I actually do these things I put on my "would really like to do" list. It's a juried show, so les Bold Floral No. 4 (les mut├ęd) may not be chosen but that's really not the point - the point is to mess around creatively, have fun, try some new things and cross off something on that brand new shiny 2013 "would love to do list" as opposed to only ever scratching off those must do's, to do's & gotta dos every day.


Bold floral No.4 - 20 x 5 - acrylic & ink on plywood - Susan Black





Bold floral No.4A - 20 x 5 - acrylic & ink on plywood - Susan Black

The original painting / drawing was created with my normal tres bright palette. The painting was done on a piece of 3/4 inch plywood cut (by the Prince) into a 20” x 5” piece, my intention was to paint a floral painting that I knew in the end would be cut into 5 pieces each 4” x 5” . Being a huge proponent of  the “scan as you go”  habit I scanned the bright finished piece before dulling the whole thing with a quick rub all over with a damp rag and a good blob of Golden liquid acrylic - Quinacrisone Nickel Azo Gold (truth be told I did none of this with any particular firm intention or knowledge ... I just knew after I scanned my original it was feeling a little too sweet, a little too bubble-gummy so I wondered what would happen if I dulled things down a bit ?) - & WOW it made a huge difference, I’m not at all sure which I prefer. I like them both, for different reasons I guess. But the damage (or dullness) is permanent, so should we make it into the Argyle Art Gallery - Pre Shrunk show Doug will cut this muted version into 5 - 4 x 5 pieces 

That's the cool thing about so much of the creative process - you just don't know or can't often predict the outcome & you have to learn to be OK with that - in fact you have to learn to look forward to the surprises.

I'm curious  ... favourites anyone ?? Muted or bright ??

15 comments:

Moose said...

Love Love Love .... of course you may have guessed I like the muted. You should do more "pano" type sizes. Tail wags ~moose

Dalyce said...

Love them both but prefer the bright. I do like the fact of how you dulled it though and that you were that Brave! I don't know if I would have been.

Susan said...

Thanks Moose for the vote & Dalyce my Braveness is fortified by my "scan as I go" philosophy. Even though the duller, muted version on plywood is here to stay I still have a High Res scan of the brighter version for who knows what ? it's sweet scanned consolation.

My scanner - under 100. bucks Epson V5000 photo

allyson said...

Mmmmmm, that's difficult!! Love them both, but if I were buying one, would probably choose the muted. Great experiment!

Vickie H. said...

I am a BRIGHT girl, myself...must be the magpie in me!!!

Claire Q said...

I like the bright one!

Anonymous said...

I like them both too. Might be cool to alternate them - bright, muted, bright, muted, bright or vice-versa.
xo n

Kathie said...

I love the muted version. Like the depth of the colors.

Susan said...

You know I like the bright one best, but it's a very close decision. Thank you all for your thoughts & opinions very much appreciated xo Susan & les gang

Stiletto said...

I like the first one for its rich muted colours which has more depth. The second one is a bit too candy colour for me. But then this is a matter of preference. Perhaps I'm a dark horse with dark tastes ;)

judy in ky said...

Well, the way it's coming across on my screen , I like the bright one better.

Sybil N said...

I like the "bruted" (bright/muted) or the "might" (muted/bright)

I CAN'T DECIDE !

BOTH !

MakingSpace said...

Well, I'm not help because I love both and can picture each of them in different areas of my house.

Dana Barbieri said...

Both very pretty but I think I prefer the muted. Good luck!

Gina Sismilich said...

So hard to say - they are both great. I love bright - but I am personally more of a muted person. But I really feel they project different "moods" so I would say it's how you feel (which is a "mute" point now!!! lol) Sorry - couldn't resist. Lovely work