Thursday, October 10, 2013
I'm not particularly happy with these, but at least I finished them. And even that was in doubt for a while. As late as the week before the show I considered starting all over again. But then sanity stepped in!
My start was a good one. I worked the collage backgrounds on all nine before continuing, and I was very happy with them at that point. But then I got stuck. My original concept was to do portraits of teacups over the collage (which has many tea-related elements) but the collage portion was just too strong for that to work. I glued a piece of torn rice paper over the centers to tone down the collage where it would be directly behind my images - whatever they might turn out to be. But, although it was an improvement it wasn't much of one.
Finally I came up with the bird concept, which I came to call "tea-birds." Each bird is interacting with a tag from a tea bag. The black brushwork outlining around the birds helps them hold their own against the background. I much prefer working with a brush than with a marker, and it's always good practice.
At least they're colorful and the whimsy is fun. But definitely not among my best work.