I copied the following note from an article in WATERCOLOR MAGIC, August 2006. (being the hoarder of all things 'art', I probably still have this magazine !)
I find that if I hand-write something out, sometimes as it helps me retain the info ... not so much that time, maybe this time ;)
H.C. Dod, Houston, Texas, website
- says she is;
A realistic painter who works in abstract.
What she means is that first she creates a collage to use as a reference. She then makes a drawing of the collage, enlarges it to the size she's going to paint and then uses a lightbox to transfer the drawing to her water-colour paper.
Why does abstraction work so well for one so methodical ?
"I love abstract", Dodd explains. "No one can tell you the head is too big or the perspective is off - they don't know. Besides, if something doesn't work in an abstract, you can change it. You have the option to change the whole thing if you like."
Dodd hopes (looking at one of her paintings) it will arouse an emotional response. "You either respond to a painting or you don't - no matter who's painted it," she says. "Some paintings leave you cold, and some leave you gasping."
Her work is the type of abstract that I am drawn to ... and they are gorgeous. Realistic parts but cut up and places out of the natural order and her work has a fabric/fibre feel to it.
I still struggle with abstracts but I am going to give her ideas some more thought.
It seems like a lot of 'stuff' to do before you get that finished abstract look .... what say you ? Please feel free to discuss your ideas ... I'd love to hear what you think.
When I first got my iMac I spent a lot of time playing with the 'fun' things I could do on it ... shattering a photo was one of them. I then used the shattered photo and did it in ink. I guess this is somewhat like HC Dodd talks about. I could easily do this in fibre next, maybe with some more, but subtle moving around of 'bits'. Liking this idea !
I will gather the materials and see what I come up with when I house-sit at the end of the month. I hope to spend part of those days painting fabric.