Saturday, August 01, 2009

DisCo project Reveal

I had great hopes when I put some bundles into the compost bin to further disintegrate, but they didn't cooperate. I've never known paper to not break down or stain. The photos in this piece cooperated quite well and were set aside from the first bundles. At least the corrugated cardboard was coaxed into doing a nice job of decaying in the compost bin. Rather than despairing about what didn't happen I took the few pieces of decayed items and started playing with some ideas. I haven't thrown paint on a canvas in months and the need to do was overwhelming.

Layers and layers of texture and paint became the substrate for the few decayed pieces that I know I would have never considered using if Seth hadn't dreamed up this group collaborative. Everyone needs a challenge once-in-awhile and this definitely challenged me. I have a feeling that this 11x14 inch piece is a work-in-progress, maybe the photos need to be worked into the piece by toning down the edges? But for now it'll do.
Quote: Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Lanston Hughes

29 comments:

notmassproduced said...

the weather is a good artist isn't it?

La Dolce Vita said...

Gail, I think it is just fabulous!! Yes we do need to be challenged and I think you rose to the occasion! I think it is wonderful! thanks for being brave and sharing it with us! cat

Marie said...

I like this piece a lot! It looks very much like a weathered bundle. (How about finishing it off by tying twine around it?)

theresa martin said...

Great texture and color!

ArtPropelled said...

Very nice!!! I love the rich colours.

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

I want to touch!!! It's stunning.

DymphieM said...

wonderful work, love what you did with the paint in combination with the weathered paper and cardboard

Maj said...

Oh! That rust with the blue and black - to die for!!! Great collage!

nancy neva gagliano said...

wouldn't it be great to get a close up and personal touch of so many of these, like yours!! mother nature, my new bff in artmaking!

Coastcard said...

Love your complementary colours... and complementary quotation... it's too true.

This is great.

Greetings from Wales. What a labour of love it has been.

Annie said...

I like it just how it is. Great colours.

Ontheroad said...

Wonderful texture.

Renee Howell said...

Love the colors and the textures. In this project, something I've learned - is to not be so sure of your expectations. I, too, thought my bundles would deteriorate - not just change a little bit. Interesting project on so many levels.

rachel whetzel said...

Your texture and color... just BEAUTIFUL!!

Lisa Sarsfield said...

You've done an amazing job! I love the ridgey texture, it reminds me of veins carrying the new life of your bundle.

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femminismo said...

Lovely job of rescuing what you could and even though it didn't disintegrate as you'd hoped, it's great. (I never correct anyone's typing or grammar, but I can't help commenting on your "Freudian slip typing" of putting "pain" on canvas. A lot of times that's what we're doing, isn't it. Getting rid of pain with the therapeutic act of painting. - Jeanne in Oregon

deb said...

I love the string/twine (?) on the right side, it looks like it is growing right out of your new painted environment. How interesting everyone's work is, and so different, I am really enjoying the reveals!

Mar said...

fabulous piece!!!
love these color combos and rust
what can be ever wrong with the addition of that element!
it did co-operate!

Pattio said...

The rich colours and textures are so interesting it makes me want to touch ig.
It is fabulous. Love the rust-a-peal!

Cheers

Julie said...

Just my colours Gail. This has made a wonderful collage. I have yet to do mine.

alteredbits said...

how very delicious this fabulous piece is!

trudi said...

Well done!

ART*ticulation said...

Gail....well for someone that says they never gets comments...........

I love this piece it is put togeather well and of course you know I love love love all the texture and little buit peeking out here and there.

Kim said...

I really love this piece just as it is right now. The colours and textures are beautiful, but I would be interested to see where you take it if you alter it further. Lovely piece!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

wonderful textures and colors!

herminesplace said...

Absolutely gorgeous, great colours

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

it's stunning !!!!!!!

Val Foster said...

This is so awesome. Everything about it is so great. I love what Mother Nature can do to help us in our art. She provides an excellent starting point. Kudos to you on this beautiful piece.

Debrina said...

I'm still making my way through all the entrants in this collaboration and am constantly amazed at the variety! The colours you have used in your piece are so beautiful and very inspiring...they work so well with the black and white images you've also incorporated.