So, the good news is that I cleaned out this weekend and found a couple of organza scraps that I can use for this upcoming project. I still think that I am going to have to order more, but I should definitely be able to get started and make decent progress.
The bad news is that as I was cleaning out my closet, I began to wonder if I am in fact happy with the size that I have planned for this project. I know I keep bouncing around with regards to size and orientation, and I thought that I had made a final decision on both of those. However, looking at some old work, I am sort of curious now about how this imagery would look on a larger scale.
So now I'm thinking that I want to experiment with making the design larger: 18" x 24" to be precise. I don't know, but I am going to experiment with it some this week.
Perhaps I am just overthinking it and I should just go with my gut. I just want it to look good since it's been so long since I've produced any quality work.
I need it to meet my expectations.
I sort of hit a road block while working this week. It seems that I do not have enough organza at home to really start working. I'm going to have to order some after I get paid next week. So, until then, I am going to do what I can and start thinking about other pieces.
I did manage to draw the design out to size. It will be slightly larger than I was intending by about 3 inches or so, simply because otherwise I would be cramming elements into too small a space. But, that's okay.
In other news, I have never felt so spread thin in my entire life and I'm not sure why. I've just been so busy. There has only been one night this week that I have had to myself to just do nothing, and it seems that it is going to be the same for next week and the week after that. It's good to have stuff to do I suppose, but I also just really want a day where I don't have to work and don't have anything pertinent that needs to be done and can just sleep all day without being disturbed.
At this point, I'm not sure how I am going to make it to spring break.
I made another sample over the past couple of days and I think that I am much happier with this one.
I do like that it is vertical and I feel like it has a wider variety of elements in the composition. However, I do think I need to add a couple of more painted eggs somewhere. There is this transition that appears to happen from eggs that are more transparent to eggs that are more solid and I really like that transition. However, it seems sort of abrupt, so I think adding a more solid egg or two towards the top will help that transition be more smooth.
I've also decided on a size: 12" x 24". It's kind of an odd size, but it is similar to work that I have done in the past, so I think it will work well.
So this week, I can begin to cut out pieces! I'm kind of excited about it!
I was true to my word and spent some time this week making a paper sample for a new piece.
I'm actually relatively pleased with it, however, paper does not have the same transparency as some of the materials that I plan on using (mainly organza), but it has still given me an idea of what it might look like when I am finished.
I am still trying to make decisions on final size, but I like that it is long, rather than wide. However, I am not sure that I want the piece to be horizontal, and this particular composition does not lend itself well to being hung vertically.
So, I want to do one more sample and re-arrange some elements to see if I can create a vertical composition along the same lines. That is going to be my goal for the next week.
Ill be quite honest, I haven't done much work this week.
Things have been crazy at school and I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. And to top it all off, I managed to catch a cold over the weekend, so I feel like someone has stuffed cotton balls in my face.
I have been doing a lot of thinking, even though I don't have anything tangible to show for it. Mostly I've been thinking about how large I want to make the pieces I have planned out. Part of me wants to go back to making larger works, but as of right now I have no place to store them. I'm just not sure how well what I have planned will read as a larger piece, although I am afraid that the same plan would make a smaller piece feel cluttered. On the other hand, a small, highly detailed work would take more time, but if executed correctly, could be stunning.
I'm also undecided with composition. I have so many ideas running through my head that I can't settle on just one. And unfortunately, my indecision on composition is tied to my indecision about size, so my mind keeps turning in circles.
I have to make a decision soon though. I found an opportunity for a show and entries are due in mid-March. It'd be great to have something ready by then.
I think that I am going to take some time this week and make small paper samples to determine if my plans are doable or not. Of course, then it may be back to the drawing board, but such is life.