Monday, February 2, 2015

Fun With Scraps

Everyone I know that works with wood deals with the same debate, what to do with scraps --when are the worth saving and when are they destined for the scrap bucket. It is always a tough call because there is always a theoretical future use for all scraps. However, it is easy to become suffocated by a pile of tiny pieces that will never find a purpose. As I started a couple of new pieces recently, I had a bunch of small pieces that I couldn't allow myself to throw away. Thankfully, they were still laying around when I took a break from the new work, giving me a chance play with them, along with a few other older scraps that were just too chunky to go in the BTU pile.  
 December 2014a
acrylic and varnish on wood
10.5" x 5.5" x 2.25"
I enjoyed pairing them together and examining different ways they could be assembled -- looking at the relationships, interactions, and figuring out the configurations that resonated with me.
  December 2014b
acrylic and varnish on wood
14.75" x 4.75" x 2.25"
I like how they are simple pairings, just two pieces that somehow seem made for each other, by pure chance alone.
  December 2014c
acrylic and varnish on wood
13.5" x 7" x 3.5"
I also like how the sculptures gave me a canvas on which to create playful/thoughtless miniature paintings. I don't know what it is about those shapes, but I do love them, and how they reflect the shape of the overall sculpture. But the thing I love most about them is the blend of colors. They are so full of surprising interactions that I can't plan or predict but just seem to work no matter what I do.
 December 2014c (closeup)
I love the complete line, or wave, of the brush stroke too. I feel that each of the paintings are interesting and beautiful on their own.
  December 2014d
acrylic and varnish on wood
14.25" x 12" x 3.5"
They inspire me to think of ways of blowing them up and making a large one.
December 2014d (closeup) 
I'll need to let the idea sit a while before I can act on it, but I feel it is something I'll need to see at some point, once I figure out how to do it.
 December 2014e
acrylic and varnish on wood
21" x 8.5" x 2.25"
Anyway, these were fun to make, and I find them fun to look at, and they give me inspiration for future pieces. Stay tuned.

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