I’m back in my studio after a wee getaway to Seattle and then Salt Spring Island. The DK Project is pretty much wrapped up so I can do what I like in my studio. But being able to do anything often means I do nothing! And so the blank canvas sits starring back at me. I’ve spoken previously about the usefulness of boundaries and restrictions in pushing creativity so I decided to set up a challenge. This time, it would be about breaking the rules.
Breaking the rules. Okay but not every rule. So which ones? There are many rules in art: rules about composition; about placement of hard edges; about arrangement and use of values; about the workings of linear and aerial perspective; about proportion; and on and on.
Let’s see if you can tell which rules I’m breaking in the piece below. I wanted the outcome to have a more black/white/neutral look than I might normally go for, inspired as I was by the work of Anselm Kiefer at the Seattle Art Museum. (I’ve attached a couple of images at the end of the blog.)
So check out the progression. I set up my night slippers on the floor of our bedroom which is painted gloss black.
What was interesting was there was no colour from the slippers reflected in the floor. I was tempted to add some yellow below the slippers but resisted, going instead with what I observed.
By the way, this painting was done in two one-hour sittings with a short break in between so I haven’t had time to reflect or ponder it. Still, I wanted to leave it alone and not pick at it. I know you know what I mean!
Oh, as promised, here are the two pieces by Anselm Kiefer that blew me away!!
So breaking the rules – did it work? Can you tell which rules I broke? Have you tried breaking the rules? Why not try this idea if you’re stuck and then let me know what happens. I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time!