I am in the process of studying materials I've collected for my 20"x20"x6" 3D Cube project. Small paintings like this one will be mounted on both the scratchboard and mixed media sides of the cube. It's a bit of a diversion for me to re-explore the world of paint after concentrating on scratchboard for so long. The challenge always comes down to editing; what to leave in, what to leave out, capturing the very essence of the story.
3D Cube /
I love finding little gifts waiting for me outside; they become my muse for a few weeks, or in this case several months! A simple birds nest with a few cracked eggs-instantly consuming my thoughts..."how do I capture this?" After photographing the nest from all angles to make certain I had a good representation of it before it disintegrated; I gathered similar materials from the yard, dried up brush, twigs, leaves and pine needles. For this piece, I am using a 2 sided box that is 20"x20" and 6" deep, one side is a black scratchboard, the other white aqua board. You can see how I treated the black side by using an X-Acto knife to draw layers of dried brush. In addition to capturing the movement and delicacy of the materials, I intend to add smaller paintings and black scratchboards to the surface. I like the idea of providing multiple layers of interest and will repeat this technique on the other side with a mix of photography, paintings, drawings and actual brush.