I have been thinking lately about what I like about my work and what I don’t like so that I can narrow down the elements and variables within the works. I think my work has become so busy, too many colors, the design elements have become stiff, the surface of the paintings are too thick,there are no large areas that one can dive into and stay there for a while. The elements do not breathe and feel suffocating. It is the stiffness of the work, those similar sized horizontal or vertical lines with no emotion. I need to think more about the relationship of one space next to another. Larger areas of gestural field painted next to the geometry. Also limit my colors to playing with one color and using curves next to geometry so that the flow of the curve will complement the geometry, etc. The images below are the latest ones that I have completed. I do like the sculptural quality of the work, but it is those lines and no emotion in the works that bother me at the moment and that is why I need to take the challenge to work more gestural.
I have decided to give myself different challenges each week and then share each challenge before I make the work and then share the end results. So for the first challenge I will predominately use white papers and create a collage by integrating glued and sewn elements, white and black wax with wax medium and hopefully release the tightness in my works.