Sunday, July 5, 2009

Coloring Outside the Lines...

When creating, sometimes we need to stretch and push ourselves outside all those "trite boxes" and "comfort zones".

I started work with another artist on a book project (hence the strange shape of this work). In order to achieve what looks like one combined image, but is in actuality 2 separate portraits, I went to Kinkos and did a color copy of the man's portrait on transparency and then overlaid the transparency on the female portrait.

The male had a background color in the yellow spectrum and the female had one in the teal/blue range. Then when I overlaid the male on the female, this amazing mix of colors and the magical middle point of the portrait where their faces almost line up happened.

Had I done two basic portraits for the book project and not been inspired to try the transparency experiment, this would not exist. Now whether its a viable piece of art that is a topic for another day. But it IS a great opportunity to build new techniques and ideas into my creative process.

What new techniques or experiments are you going to try?

(Please refer to my last post, that its only paper and some pigment... the worst thing that can happen is that you waste a piece of paper and learn great lessons in the process).


The first stone was just tried in the spirit of experimentation. The opening of the stone was far more interesting than the drawing that I had done on it. -Andy Goldsworthy

1 comment:

  1. This is really fascinating, both for the visual aspect and the story behind it. Thanks for sharing! The technique you used here gets me thinking about how I could combine the elements of my craft to achieve unexpected results. I am an artist, not just a "manufacturer", so the anticipation of allowing something unexpected to happen really intrigues me!