Throwing out the rules for art for more fun! In the Pink!

Tossing out the rules for art for more fun!

I desired to loosen up in the studio and have more fun. So I determined to throw out my old rules for art and try something totally new.

As a person who innately complies with rules and tries to maintain a stiff upper lip, I pondered what would transpire if I was intentionally more playful because, well, taking things too seriously is, quite frankly, tiresome!

pink frames and avoiding precision

I’d previously not played in the studio much because I hate wasting time materials and forking out money unnecessarily. So, I devised rules to ameliorate that.

The first rule was to use , ‘what’s in my hand’. Six pink 8×10 picture frames left over from a promotion at my by-gone business were selected for works that would be created on beautiful archival watercolour paper I had unearthed in a stack of art books.

When children play, without the intervention of grownups, rules are created and dispatched to suit in order to have a good time. It’s how they learn important things.  I wanted that.

The overarching guidelines were to avoid precision and criticism. The six works required a bit of cohesion, so a circle and a horizon line were added to them all, and identical Inktense colours were applied. They also had to look good in the pink frames, without being overtly girly.

free-flowing media and dutch gold leaf

Lines flowed from my pigment ink pen whilst I sought to amplify shapes that had emerged from the flow of the Inktense as it dried on the paper. How would I play wth those lines? Coloured pencil tweaked the shades, to my delight. Mostly. If I didn’t appreciate the outcome, I’d go in another direction. Or, I’d just live with it. This worked surprisingly well.

Next came dutch gold leaf and silver leaf. Originally, I wanted copper leaf on one pair. I was fresh out. Silver and gold would do.

adulting for a few days and other world affairs

The only “un-playful” aspect of this playtime was the 3 days spent making space to properly set up my mat cutter. The remainder of the year shall be more rewarding now. I can play in the studio and then properly mat and frame the results for display.

While I was in my art space playing. I had to block out pondering the Ukraine invasion and changes to Covid regulations in NZ.  I’m sure they did influence the outcome.  Can such events not have an impact?

Silly Names and new work for sale

The final bit of fun last night was choosing light-hearted  non sequitur titles for the works. More throwing out the rules for art! I hope you enjoy them.  Which title is your favourite?  Which visual is your favourite?  Please let me know in the comments.

These are archivally framed and matted. If you’d rather have black or white moulding or mat let me know when you place the order.  However, I think the presentation choices are, well, they’re fun!  The price includes shipping and framing New Zealand wide.  Contact me if you need more information.

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