Friday, September 18, 2009

Last Dance of Summer


So, I was in my studio free-associating again. Usually when I head to my studio I have an idea in mind; a definite subject I want to create. Most of the time I have a preliminary drawing, a color scheme and some specific papers that I plan to use. On days when I free-associate, though, I attack my artwork with no particular goals. I start rummaging through my papers until something strikes my fancy. Then I keep adding to that first paper with others until I find a pleasing combination.

I start gluing these base papers to my support and then I look for scraps and "accessories" that I can add to the base. It can go on for layers and layers and when I feel finished I sit back and analyze what I have. It's like my own personal Rorschach inkblot test. This is what happened with my collage in my previous post "Caught Up in Love" and that's definitely what's going on here.

I studied it and realized that I had captured the end of summer. Early fall colors are represented but there's a bold circle of summer colors still remaining. The song of the crickets and cicadas can be "heard" as well as the melody of wind chimes. The gentle fall breezes are definitely stirred up and the cloud of butterflies I encountered when I walked too close to a large clump of sedum the other morning can be seen here, too.

I can feel it in the air and see it in my art; summer is winding to a close in one last dance.

7 comments:

traci said...

WOW!!! what talent you have. that piece is beautiful. you're right, i get the end of summer feel too.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I am not much of a "Blog" follower-sometimes just keeping up with my email is a chore unto itself. BUT, I have to admit that I've found myself being drawn back repeatedly to "a crabulous life". Your style is endearing and the insight into how you go about designing your creations is amazing. Hope to check in again soon.
Susan

Anonymous said...

This piece truly captures the end of summer and the beginning of fall! I love you...keep up the good work.
MB

Susan Williamson said...

I don't know why, but this reminds me of a quilt. I'd like to snuggle up under it and have sweet dreams. Great piece!

Dayna Talbot said...

I really enjoyed the whimsical feeling of your work...Nice Work!

Anonymous said...

Your work is beautiful Kris!....oh, and pick me! Debby Nixon

Cindy said...

This post answers a question I asked in a previous comment concerning whether or not you have a finished picture in mind when you begin. It appears that you don't always (maybe sometimes?).