I've been engaged in some artistic explorations lately, in hopes of stumbling onto a new artistic path, which I discussed in more detail in a previous post. I feel like I've been hopping willy-nilly from one idea to another, but I guess that's okay for now. Here's the result of my last couple of days of exploration.
I was just looking at some scraps I had laying around; this was a piece that I cut off the original piece that became the Buddha "Paradox" piece. I'm not sure if that made sense, but I can't think of a better way to put it. As I was thinking, "should I pitch this scrap or keep it?", I suddenly began to see a strange sort of landscape image in it. So, why not? I scribbled a bit here, liked it, and scribbled a bit there; I glued on some bits of map and other papers, and added some more color, and... a kind of semi-abstract imaginary landscape emerged.
It seems to be an amalgamation of all the ideas I've been playing with over the past year or so: the collages made from more collage-y things (as opposed to just my monotypes); the maps from my "Traveler's Tale" series (which isn't finished yet, btw); the landscapiness from my monotype collages; and a bit more of an abstract quality. Also, it occurs to me that my trip to the Rocky mountains last summer has impressed itself on my subconscious more strongly than I realized; I can see the shapes of the Rockies in some of these landscape elements, for sure.
I'm intrigued, and could maybe see myself doing a series of these. If I do, I think they would need to be larger, with more saturated colors, and perhaps pushed even more toward abstraction. What do you think?