More or Less
Is more or less better when it comes to art? That depends on what the intent of the art is. Sometimes simplicity is called for. Other times the artwork lends itself to a more complex approach. Personally, I feel most energized and engaged when I am working on one of my more complex artworks.
More is More
Pillars of Creation is a complex concept as well as being a very visually complex image. It could be simplified, but so much would be lost. One of my goals, as I work my way through this piece is to show the captured sense of movement.
I’ve always been impressed by artists who can look at an image or scene keep track of what they are looking while simultaneously creating it. I get lost. Where was that branch? How do the zebra stripes work? So, I turned to my Senior Executive Director of Studio Operations and asked if he could make me a tool to help me keep tabs on where am as I build out In the Beginning.
When I create one of my abstract realism artworks from a photograph, as I am doing with In the Beginning, I print out enlarged photograph. Next I grid it. This time I selected a grid of 11 by 12 3″ squares. So much was happening in each 3″ square, I still struggled to go from photograph to worktable and keep tabs of how to build out the next block. Having a “tic tac toe” grid tool breaks the photograph down further. This way I can retain dark brown in upper left, mid value rust colors in the remainder of the top row, etc. There is more to it, than that. Hence, more is more. 🙂
Less is More
If you compare my other current artwork, How Does Your Garden Grow to In the Beginning it demonstrates how less can be more. In this case the stems and leaves are simple, graphic images. Also, I am using a single background fabric. No surprise, I don’t struggle to keep track of where I am in the image. In fact, I expect you will be able to figure out where the block I finished this week will be positioned in the quilt more easily than you can align the rows from In the Beginning to the photograph it is based on.
What’s your preference? Do you prefer more or less? Perhaps, like me, appreciate both approaches.
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