A few posts back I lied. I said I was done with my mask, but the more I looked at the thing, the less I liked it. So I pulled it from the board it was on, added a tiny bit of blue, got rid of a bunch of the circles and am now much more pleased. I can finally deliver this thing! Phew. I thought I might never be done with it.
In arting up the mask I was given by FCMOA, I considered a person’s life experiences. Each individual act or event is represented by a pierced paper circle. The circles coalesce at the face and begin to drift out, telling the story of one’s life.
If you recall, about a month back I mentioned how proud of myself I was for beginning to make Christmas-themed art stuff for a sale I have coming up December 7th and 8th. The results of my attempts were less than phenomenal, but I assured myself I would feel the holiday spirit in me as the date got closer. Who was I kidding?
I have always stuck to my guns in believing one does not gear up for the Santa Claus holiday until the Turkey holiday has passed. My Christmas inspiration has been nowhere to be found. I’ve decided to work on things that would make great art gifts instead. These tiles (which will become trivets) are the result. I painted the elephant for a friend and it may or may not be finished – I haven’t decided if color should be added or not. Thoughts anyone?
For those of you who think painting tiles or ceramics of any sort sounds like fun, these are the paints I use.
Toes attached to stick-like legs
Soak in late day water
He perches atop
To observe night’s entrance
The boyfriend has always contended that he “does not do gifts” for birthdays, Christmas – any special occasion, actually. Instead, he buys gifts if he sees something that is just perfect for a person. So when a package arrived for me this weekend – a few days before my turning 36 – I was assured that it was “not for my birthday.” Coincidentally, I have been told this same thing around this very same time for the past few years. The package contained a microscope! Today I began a painting based on the motor neurous slide I looked at. I love my not-a-birthday-present, present!
I’ve decided to take part in the Masks fundraiser hosted by The Fort Collins Museum of Art. This is my first year participating in the event and initially I was a bit perplexed as to what I planned to do with the thing. Thinking more and more that I should experiment with manipulating my pierced paper pieces though, I decided the mask seemed like a great place to try something a bit different. The piece is not yet finished and is a smidge slow going, but it’s giving me some insight as to how I might move forward with the pierced works.