Saturday, March 2, 2013

"TIMELESS TRAVELS" COMPLETE, HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY SEE?

"Timeless Travels"  18 X 18  Lori LaBerge  2013

This week was spent completing "Timeless Travels".  It will most likely be the last piece completed for the exhibit at the PAF Gallery March 15th.  I have spent years working in bright colors and the more I worked on this piece the more I appreciated the calmness of neutral tones.  

This piece depicts the various roads we travel.  The diagonal lines are the back roads of our lives, exploring things few others may have seen or noticed, and the wider gray lines represent the highways which at times can seem never-ending. The circles are reminiscent of how we head off in a new direction and often return to where we started from, which is usually home.

This week has also led me to think about how we really see things.  Abstract work is like that.  Some people see one thing, others something else.  But what about the everyday things we view?  How do we answer the question "What do you see?"  This was my journal activity for this week.

 What do you see?    A bird's nest.
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What do you see?  Brown, light blue, small branches, broken eggshells, grasses, curves, yellows, sharp edges, shadows, lights, darks, fragility yet sturdiness, compactness, a home, comfort, safety.

Seeing can lead us to emotions.  Seeing how sturdy this little home is can have us feeling admiration at the ability of a bird to create it or sadness at it's desertion.  My husband and I once spent part of an afternoon watching a mouse create a home in the side hill in front of our house.  It was a fiercely hot day and that mouse actually built an awning in front of the hole he dug in the side of the hill.  I kid you not, we watched that mouse run from the hole to a long grassy area, carry the grass back to the hole and place it on the upper area of the hole an uncountable number of times. I could actually picture him (or her) sipping a mini margarita in a mini lounge chair under that thing after a hard day's work.  Never lose your wonder or emotion in your life or in your art.

 What do you see?  A moth.
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What do you see?  Dots, fuzz, rust, white, black, gray, legs, wings, eyes, light under wings and darker top wings, long antennae, veins, segmented body, fragility.

Seeing can lead us to questions.  Why are the underside of wings light and the top dark?  To protect them as they blend into their surroundings.  Why the long antennae?  To help with the stability of flight.  Never lose your curiosity in your life or in your art.

 What do you see?  A broken down home.
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What do you see?  Stone, steps, doorway, windows, a section where a fireplace once was, weather-worn edges, collapsed stone, fence, overgrown grass, moss, isolation.

Seeing can lead us to history.  Who once lived here?  Why did they live in such a lonely area?  What did they do with the land?  Why was this home deserted?  We saw this and many other places like it on our rides through Scotland.  I just love thinking about what once happened at these places.  Never lose your sense of history in your life or in your art.

Take a week to really see the things around you, write down your observations, use these observations for future creations and have a great day.    

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