In my previous post, I explained the story behind Ekeliges Zeug!, a new paper art collage I finished last week. I’d like to follow that up with some detail shots, to give you an idea of the detail that went into the piece.
Here’s the paper art collage in its entirety. Click to enlarge if you like:
Here are detailed images:
There’s a lot of fluorescent paper going on — but, unfortunately, fluorescent anything doesn’t really come through on screen. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Better yet, if it gets into the show for which I created it, you’ll be able to see for yourself, in person!
I had some important accidental realizations as I was making Ekeliges Zeug!:
As I was cutting the colors up, the scraps fell to the floor, just piling up. Some very weird and unexpected color combinations resulted. These gave me ideas for color combos for future paintings. Like mustard brown, light fluoro orange, and crimson. Or beige, fluoro red, violet, and navy. It goes on and on.
Halfway into the project, I noticed that I kept gravitating toward the same colors. Naturally, I wanted to shake things up. So I reached out to my pile of available colored papers and flipped it upside down. Suddenly I was working with light lavender, burgundy, robin’s egg blue, seafoam, slate gray, etc.
I figured out how to turn off my brain in mid-project, and not overthink things. That was probably the most valuable lesson I learned. I just let one pattern or design element flow to the next.
In other news, I’m in the process of redesigning my site. I completely realize that the painting galleries are unfinished — there’s no detail information (like size and medium) on any of the images! I just never got around to adding it in. Regardless, I’m going to scrap the slide show format. It doesn’t work. Hopefully the new site will be up by the end of July.