Art Journal 12-1-15 to 12-7-15

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I have spent a lot of time lately working on my postcard for Postcards from the Edge.  For some reason it was a serious struggle. I think both having a very short timeframe and also knowing that I needed to make something for public consumption made me a bit uptight about it. I didn’t have much time to let it rest and come back to it and let it evolve slowly, so I went through a definite period of overworking it. I figured it was going to be one of those pieces that goes through a place of awfulness but that I end up really loving, and that is indeed what happened!

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A start- I actually really like this and later wished I could just undo all the stuff I did and come back to this stage.

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Things are really starting to go awry at this point.

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Removed the dark circle which is somewhat better but it’s just weird. I don’t like how bright the yellow is, or any of the colors really except the lower portion.

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Maybe if I add some more texture and lines it’ll get better! (Nope).

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The pivotal point at which I say “F*ck it” and cut the whole damn thing apart. Maybe I can at least salvage the bottom part that I like.

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Ok, this part is fine. I decide to go in a 3D direction and add paper tabs to the back of this piece so it is elevated. I’ve never actually done this before although it’s something I’ve been wanting to play with.

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Adding a whole new element from another collage that was languishing in my scrap pile.

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Things are getting really crazy here. I start thinking about having pieces stick out from the main 4×6 rectangle but reject that as it will probably be too fragile to send in the mail and also I figure it’s best to stick to the postcard size. The yellow circle is also elevated.

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The finished piece. I spent a ridiculous amount of time adding sun rays to that yellow circle but ended up scrapping the whole thing and adding a wolf instead. I’m really happy with this final piece!

 

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