My latest piece, temporarily dubbed “Venus Reboot” refers, albeit rather obliquely, to that Boticelli masterpiece, “The Birth of Venus.” In this case, instead of an open shell, we have a cooling fan. It is a reboot after all!
Is it done, or not? I think so. It may stay on the easel for a few days as I’m feeling like the composition is not balanced. Does my eye want to move around or just stare at the big red drape? Is that even important?
Here’s where I am…sometimes. The sun is out, you know. I have to take advantage of that!
It very well could be a serious lack of vitamin D, when will the sun come out? Try as I might, and I’ve made several sketches….I’m stuck. So, I’ve been looking at things I did thirty years ago, take for instance this lovely paper sculpture? Sculpture because this isn’t a painted piece. I dyed cotton linters in individual colors, rolled and cajoled the colors in this portrait and then sponged out the water. So sculpture. I will say that things have changed since I exhibited hand made papers…it was not considered a fine art at all, just a “craft.” Ha!
I fully expected to finish this today, however, when I walked into the studio I saw that it was already complete! Ha! I stood there for more than a moment, inspecting, critically tearing apart the strokes, the color, the shadows….nope, there’s nowhere to apply paint. It says exactly what I set out to express, some quizzical inquiry into the future and man’s rush toward utilization of artificial intelligence… I titled it Temptation: 404 Page Not Found.