In what is a bold-for-me choice, I am following an impulse to paint one or two walls in my studio this deep charcoal. If I hate it once it’s done, I can repaint it. No doubt without my husband’s help the second time around, however.
I’ve debated a host of color options but I keep coming back to the idea of a smoky dark wall – or maybe two -- against ivory colored walls.
I’ve tested golds and ochres and even some greens – but no go. The golds were too overpowering, the greens seemed nice but the charcoal kept calling me back. And you KNOW what we all say about listening to that little voice inside. I hung this small piece up to gauge how my work would look against bright versus dark backdrops. The dark definitely makes it pop.
Aside from all these intense color contemplations, I finished my latest Pages piece. Professional photography would give this a whole lot better definition, but this Coolpix snapshot at least gives you the basic idea of what “Clean Slate, New Chapter” looks like. It’s 20” x 20” and mounted on window screening which has been stretched and stapled to a canvas wrapped stretcher frame. I hope people will understand the idea and take the time to appreciate it because it is so subtle. This will hang at the Rochester Contemporary member exhibition until the beginning of January.
I’m working on a grouping of these where the pages will begin to fill with marks and the meaning begins to reveal through the writing.
I haven’t the foggiest idea of whether this is going to work but I’m having fun envisioning these evolving!