My post today definitely involves some “unraveling.” But probably not the type of “unraveling” you’d be expecting. (Although I do have that type going on, too.) (Several inches of what I call “oblivous knitting” . . . y’know . . . casting on with the wrong size needles, and then continuing on.) (We won’t speak of that today, though.)
Today’s “unraveling” is all about . . . Using scissors to find the good (in bad art).
I paint a lot, but it’s quite rare that I create a “masterpiece.” In fact, most of the time . . . it’s crap. (It’s a practice, after all.) Every once in a while, I’ll end up creating something I’m happy with. Maybe even something I’d put in a frame. Or give as a gift. Or hang on my wall.
But most of the time? It’s a “good learning experience.” (And we’ll leave it right there.)
It’s really hard to get all the elements of a painting . . . just right. Often, I’m really happy with some parts of my painting, while not-so-much with others. I may be pleased with the background, for example, but disappointed with a focus-pulling tree. If I’m pleased with the trees, I’m probably stewing about the way I painted the shadows. I often question my judgement about, oh, say . . . choosing to add a small (poorly painted) person walking on the road . . . of an otherwise fine painting. I might even be pleased with everything, and then drop a paintbrush (loaded with paint) right on the finished painting. (It happens more often than you might think.)
So let’s just say . . . I’ve got a big stack of Not Masterpieces in my little “studio.”
I was lamenting this fact to a friend of mine on Saturday. She happens to be a mixed-media artist herself, and she smiled at me and said . . . “So cut out the bad parts!” She suggested I salvage what I liked, and use the rest for . . . something else (scrap, for example). Lightning bolt!
So I took a close look at my stack of “losers” when I got home, and I got out my scissors.
Take that, paintings with unspeakable trees!
You look much better when they’re gone!
Take that, experimental notions that ran out of steam before completion!
You look so much better in smaller scale!
Take that, inconsequential background elements that no one noticed because of misguided foreground choices!
Enjoy your time in the spotlight!
It is amazing how good it feels to wield a pair of scissors over a pile of misfit paintings!
(Absolutely the best “unraveling” I’ve ever done.)
How about you? What are you working on this week?
These are stunning! I’m not sure if they’re note cards or you’ve matted the “chopped” masterpieces but all of the ones you’ve shown are really lovely. I didn’t know a pair of scissors was such a useful painting tool!
What delight, Kym! I have ordered those cards… but they worked well to cut and tape onto the regular cards!
As for me… this week I am a “roofer” 🙂
Are those note cards? If so it’s a brilliant solution! I figured, given the title, this was going to be about sewing. But I also KNOW that you didn’t use your fabric scissors to cut up those paintings!
There are a bunch of people on IG who do this and call it fodder. They use the cut up bits to create new art. Love this repurposing
You’d never know they needed some excising. They are ALL beautiful.
Love this all so much! It’s like in collage, if you don’t like something, you just cover it up with more stuff!
These are wonderful! I’m sure you’re much harder on yourself than anyone else would be, but all the same it’s got to be satisfying to make a snip here and a snip there and end up with something you’re much happier with.
Those look wonderful! It’s all a process!❤️
What a brilliant idea. Are those notecards? They are beautiful. This reminds me of a picture/board book called Beautiful Oops. The message of the book is a mistake in an opportunity to make something beautiful. I loved sharing it with families I worked with in early intervention. I have a group of four or five bookmarks that came from paintings by an artist that I acquired at a writing retreat.
What a wonderful idea! I love your notecards (assuming they are notecards) – they are beautiful. I never would have thought of taking scissors to what I had painted or drawn (not that I do either…but you know…). I need to share this idea with my girlfriend who paints and doesn’t always like ALL of her piece. Brilliant!!!
Love this! There’s some beautiful work here. Could you tell us more about the cards/mats you used?
Clever idea! I love note cards, and yours are beautiful. You could make a box of those cards and gift them to a worthy recipient. (As for bookmarks they never seem to last me for more than a chapter. Where DO they go??)
These are beautiful! You’re very talented.
I love the way you’ve highlighted the best of your paintings. No one would every know they weren’t what you intended in the first place!
Perfect solution! Love this so very much!