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Tamana
04-12-2004, 02:18 PM
Molly, my goddess guru (bows and all that reverent stuff), was telling me how looking toward the east can simplify many things (not only in art, but in your personal life as well). This is very difficult for me to achieve because I am very passionate and tend to go overboard with my art regarding space and medium (so okay, I can be extreme). I'm not saying that's a bad thing; however, I'd also like to achieve a balance as well.

So, while the oil is drying on the various series I have going and I'm exiled from my studio this week, I thought I'd challenge myself (because I can) in a few new areas of direction; one being oil pastels (because I love the expressionists) and the other minimalization regarding medium and subject matter (because I love Asian art). I'd like to hear what you think of this exercise. Have you challenged yourself in your weak areas? What's your personal experiences etc. Or, do you think it's okay to lock yourself into what you seem to do best verses branching out? How minimalistic IS minimalistic anyway?

So anyway, here are my minimalistic exercises thus far. I won't show you the entire process, but I will compare the initial beginnings with the final shots...scraping down to the bare bone...

No & Yes? Peace
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Peace1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Peaceful3.1.jpg

No & Yes? Harmony
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Harmony1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Harmonious3.jpg

No & yes? Balance
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Balance1.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Balanced.jpg

No & Yes? Love
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Love1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Love3.jpg


no no no no yes yes yes yes?

brushstroked
04-12-2004, 02:49 PM
Yes to all.

Michael-Ann
04-12-2004, 03:18 PM
yes & Yes & yes & YES & yes Yes & YES & YES YES & Ohhhhhh YES!

...I'm gonna go have a smoke now... ;)

arourapope
04-12-2004, 08:15 PM
Gentile, fragile and elegant. Yeppers.

Smileawhyl
04-12-2004, 08:22 PM
yes, more, yes :)

blkros
04-12-2004, 08:49 PM
If all the ones on the left sides are the finished pieces (and the ones on the right are WIP), then Balance and Love are excellent, Harmony is good, and Peace is ok but needs something--more or less.
My opinion. Molly's grain of salt, and all.
Very good series, keep at it.

Tamana
04-12-2004, 09:11 PM
erm... :( no.

Keef...they BOTH exist (and then some!!) I was trying to get to the bare bottom of art and I couldn't seem to achieve it :( So, I kept redoing the piece (AND I MEAN REDOING AS IN STARTING FROM SCRATCH -- ugh) until I finally achieved minimum without losing the message. I had no choice, you can't reroot a skeletal leaf once planted ;) Each piece I made I would evaluate and ask myself if it needed that color? Would the message still be there without the twirly giggy thingies etc.. and etc...and etc.

The ones on the right are the finished. hahahaha BUT, like I said, the others exist too, all in my little black book. :)

All of these are made with cardboard roll, skeletal leaves, sumi ink and some oil pastels.

Mich451
04-12-2004, 10:43 PM
I like "Balance", the right side.

Tamana
04-12-2004, 11:45 PM
I'm such a doof. I meant to thank everyone for commenting. Appreciate your support and enouragement always.

Mich: That's my favorite too...

Two more then I play with oil pastels for a few days...

It

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Blooming.jpg

Pisa

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2004/18021-Pisa.jpg

I just noticed...it appears I'm leaning somewhat to the left. The 'crik' in one's neck eventually shows one way or another, doesn't it?

*shrugs*

Thanks for playing with me everyone.

mame
04-13-2004, 08:39 AM
These are really eloquent, Tamana.
Think your inate/instinctive sense of design sings here.

I should just keep my mouth shut.......but -

and this is just a personal perception - the delicate and restrained and just right incorporation/manipulation/decoration of the leaves is wonderful. The addition of the pod things is too far/too much.....just over the edge of cutsey-craftsy.

I should be banned.....

nine malic molds
04-13-2004, 09:07 AM
i definetlly like the peices on the right more. i love how a minimal peice can show how important intention is.

i say push the minimalism even farther, balancing one found object with just space. make the focus on finding just the right object. make your contribution just size of format, placement and thought.

nancyw
04-13-2004, 09:31 AM
These are all simply wonderful. What a great grouping for a nice long wall like the one in my living room. I'd move everthing else and put these up.

blkros
04-13-2004, 10:53 AM
erm... :( no.

Keef...they BOTH exist (and then some!!) I was trying to get to the bare bottom of art and I couldn't seem to achieve it :( So, I kept redoing the piece (AND I MEAN REDOING AS IN STARTING FROM SCRATCH -- ugh) until I finally achieved minimum without losing the message. I had no choice, you can't reroot a skeletal leaf once planted ;) Each piece I made I would evaluate and ask myself if it needed that color? Would the message still be there without the twirly giggy thingies etc.. and etc...and etc.

The ones on the right are the finished. hahahaha BUT, like I said, the others exist too, all in my little black book. :)

All of these are made with cardboard roll, skeletal leaves, sumi ink and some oil pastels.
I didn't comment on the ones on the right, because I thought they where part of your process. I like them all, and think that you achieverd your goal with them.
(Again--grain of salt, et al.) :D

Tamana
04-13-2004, 05:17 PM
Thanks again, guys.

Nine, thanks. ! I love for someone to challenge me. I've thought about what you said and have an idea I'll be starting on tonight. I should have the results soon. Minimum minimum minimal...

Nancy: Forward me an address and I'll make you a few. For someone to say they'd clear a wall for something I made is overwhelming to me and I can't think of a better place for them to be. :)

Keef: :D Sea salt? Thanks for being here for me, my friend. You've been here from day one and I appreciate you more than you know. :)


And Mahlee...I love your eyes. I made sumthin special fur you.
fank you. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Mollees.jpg

Had a quiet lunch outside today with my book and some world-making-stuff...

Flowering - skeletal leaves, vermiculite & pod stem.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Fwowering.jpg

Same Difference - a portrait of a conversation between a flower and a butterfly.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Same_difference.jpg


Major Tom - a portrait of flying things with packing styrofoam.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Major_Tom.jpg

Unit 1 - a portrait of a leaf dangling from a spider web.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Unit_1.jpg

Thanks again guys for encouraging and suggesting and challenging. I needa new book. :(

madrigle
04-13-2004, 09:49 PM
these last ones are particularly striking! If I could spell I'd say they were gossimer ambasadors of light! Such a good feeling from these. (if by twirly giggy things you mean the little seed pods from certain trees like maple, that you used in the first set, there technical name is a 'samara'. )

James

Luzie
04-13-2004, 09:53 PM
Cool stuff, thanks for sharing, very interesting!

Tamana
04-14-2004, 12:03 AM
'Samara'! Yes! Thank you, James. :) I couldn't for the life of me remember that name. Of course, we always called them 'propellers' ;)

Luzy nice to see you back around too. :) Thank you.

I am so happy because the world is so good sometimes. :) I went to buy another little book and they were half price (linen watercolor) so I bought two. Then I got to the register and she told me about a coupon on the internet that would get me half off the half too!!! THEN I asked about my raincheck canvases buy one get one free because they were out when I went to pick them up then they didn't come on the truck the next week so they let me substitue for a different size I really didn't want but then they felt bad and wrote me TWO more rainchecks for 8 double packs of canvases (gallery wrapped) buy one get one free! So it's like getting 16 for the price of 8 and four books for the price of one...

I don't know how to act sometimes I really don't. Maybe just a smile is due. So anyway, I started a book tonight because I felt sorry for the pods (samsara/propellers), so it's a book of pods because pods just want to have fun (too). I tried to upload it somewhere but I'm having some trouble and will try to get that straight eventually. But, in the meantime, here's some samples:

All made with samsara/oil pastels. I don't want to title them; I want you to see what you see...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled3.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled4.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled5.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled7.jpg

Mr. Nine Malic Molds - I have met your challenge; see below. Thanks for taking an interest.

Pod Patterns

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled11.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled12.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled13.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled14.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2004/18021-Untitled15.jpg

Okay I think I'm done here now. I'll find a way to upload the book when I finish it somewhere with linkies or something. Thank you all for coming out to play with me. I had fun.

Gonzalo Golpe
04-14-2004, 07:22 AM
Hey Tam, hi again! :) I take a rest in my work (yessss, Im workingg!!!) and I disappeared for a while, what a beautiful works!absoluty poetry, so proud of you :D

Besos!

Zalo

brushstroked
04-14-2004, 11:13 AM
Such childlike simplicity. My favorites - well, it's hard to choose favorites, but I'll try - are the podbird flying to the flower, and the pods embracing under that watchful lunar eye. You should call that one 'samara moon.' :) but I have a feeling you already have a title for it, oh Queen-of-naming-things.

These are truly inspirational to me. I've been on a long journey toward simplicity and minimalism, and these speak quietly to my cluttered soul. Thank you for sharing your play with us.

Tamana
04-14-2004, 07:48 PM
Zalo, nice to see you back around. Glad you're getting a break from work. "Absolute poetry" , lovely, thank you. Appreciate you stopping in. :)
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Laura, thank you for playing with me. :) I thought I would be sad this week without my studio, but I'm not at all!! As a matter of fact, I think it's one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Samara moon. :) I always appreciate your words and encouragement.
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Thank you all for sharing your play-time.
~

nine malic molds
04-15-2004, 10:05 PM
i actually thought i had posted again on this thread but i apparentlly i didn't

out of all the ones you have shown on this thread i like the dissected helicopters the best (the middle ones in the last set) they remind me of simple brush stroke. simple but strong.

3bristles
04-17-2004, 12:23 AM
Your statements=under
Mirroring east into west
Integrity yes.