6" x 6"
Collage on canvas board
I remember standing behind two women at my first solo show years ago when I worked in embroidery. They were carefully observing a piece that I was quite fond of but which wasn't easy to define without an explanation. One said to the other, "It's really nice, but what the hell is it?"
Good question. One I need to ask myself more often. What IS this piece about?
Take the collage above, Road Runner. I made the piece yesterday and liked where it was going, with the sky blue background, the map bits, and the orange stripes which indicate tracks in a red dirt road, but what is it about? It's certainly not finished. So this morning I started asking questions: who's on the road? What do I hear? What do I see when I'm out in blue sky country (Oklahoma in this case)? Birds, of course. The subject quickly became clear and I found a stencil from Diane Ericson which worked perfectly. The working title for a few minutes was Bird on Blue but as I was typing this post it came to me that Road Runner was much more to the point.
And the collage now has a focus, a story, a subject, a name... and it's finished. Now it needs a buyer. It can be yours for $50 postpaid.