This week I took inspiration from a poem. I chose anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings. I blared some classical music, read the poem over and over, and drew images as they came to me.
As Attempt 1 was too detailed, I tried breaking it down into shapes. Attempt 3 seemed to work best for me so that is the one I decided to go with.
I played with colour on a printed black and white copy. I found the colours in that attempt too garish so I tried toning them down in the next run. Colour can be so frustrating! Still none of the colours seemed to resonate with me in how I wanted the piece to look. Currently, it suggests a mix of Dr. Seuss and a Christmas card to me.
I think this piece would have been easier in acrylics because then I could have blended the edges of the bells to be more abstract and I could have played more with blending greys and beiges. I think those colours would suggest stone buildings abstractly (as that’s how I imagined the town in this poem).
All that being said, and even with the result not being what I imagined in my head, as per usual, I enjoyed the process.
We’ll see if I get to Art Journal 4, as we have a crazy busy week ahead. We’ll see what I get up to!