pink and red polka dot pattern artwork

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

Throwing out the rules of art was paramount in my desire to loosen up and have more fun.

As a naturally compliant woman that likes the tried and true, I pondered what would happen if I intentionally played at making art! Taking things too seriously had become tiresome!

Pink frames and avoiding precision

Wasting time, materials, and money was to be avoided. So, I devised some guidelines to help.

First, I asked, ‘what’s in my hand’. Six pink 8×10 inch picture frames left over from a promotion at my by-gone business would hold my new works, which were created on archival watercolour paper founded amongst a stack of art books.

Other guidelines were to avoid precision and self-criticism. The six works required a bit of cohesion, so I used identical Inktense colours to make a circle and a horizon line on them all. They needed 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 amplified emerging shapes that came from 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.  If I something seemed off I’d make different marks. Or, 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 moving equipment and supplies in order to properly set up my mat cutter. The remainder of the year shall now be more rewarding. 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 the news of the Ukraine invasion and changes to Covid regulations in NZ.  I wonder how these events influenced my works.

Throwing out the rules with names

The final fun was choosing light-hearted  non sequitur titles for the works. In enjoyed even more throwing out the rules! I hope you enjoy them.  Which title is your favourite?  Which visual is your favourite?  Please let me know in the comments.

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