Friday, March 02, 2012

Creating the Family Tree: Sketch #2

I heard rumors that someone actually read my blog, so I'm going to post just in case this rumor is true, and that this person or people have something to read during the wee hours of insomnia.

I mean, it's been almost two months since my last post. Insomnia for most people is a daily or almost daily event, so who am I to deny a person something to read that may A) offer companionship and/or B) make them crave sweet unconsciousness?

And since this is an art blog (stop laughing), I am going to give you something to look at other than words. Oh, and I'm also thinking of making shorter blog posts, because that would mean bite-sized quality and quantity. It's like a handmade chocolate truffle.

I think the trouble with blogging for me (yes, I'm getting off topic, but this is my blog, isn't it?) is that I'm not thinking, "Oh! I've got to blog about X, I want to share this with other people!" Facebook, that destroyer of class reunions, has been my immediate outlet for this sort of behavior. Why craft an entire post when you can post to your status, "Dude, I got the best sofa!" (more on that later)?

However, a blog post is, by my account, more thoughtful and a different kind of engagement than a status update. Anyway, I don't update my status that often, either. I don't feel the need to report on what or how I'm doing in a public forum unless I think it actually contributes to the world. I'm quirky like that.

Right, so here's the second sketch for the Lee's family tree Original Finger Painting (the first sketch is posted here). You can see how I've responded to their feedback (and to the quick sketch Mr. Lee drew for me of what was in his head; he's actually quite an artist), with a curvaceous trunk, lower hanging branches, and overall bigger tree-ness.

You may also notice that the tree extends off the borders in my typical fashion of ignoring edges. A friend commented on my painting, Rapture (which is available as a Little Beauties Art Card in my Etsy shop) on how she hadn't seen the halo go off the canvas because her mind had successfully completed the divine circle.

Yes, my friends, that's Gestalt at work! Our brains naturally fill in missing information, and artists have played with this kind of audience participation since before chunky 3D glasses were needed to make you feel part of the experience.

The commission continued to evolve as the Lees added and subtracted different elements for the intended painting. They joke about the many requests and changes they made (there are three more sketches for me to post, not to mention changes made during the actual painting process I didn't document to share on this blog later), but that's part of the fun of a commission--the collaboration between artist and patron, as they dream something into existence.

Invite Beauty,

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