Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Finish: A Vision Grid

Our last assignment for Claudine’s Composition Workshop was to construct a collage in the grid format. I’ve never done this before because creating each section to work on its own as well as in the overall group is a big challenge. It’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, a pastime I’ve never had much patience with, I’m afraid (although gluing individual jigsaw pieces to something is always fun).
I’m sure that an artist with a more spontaneous temperament than mine would find this project easier to do, and when you think about it: what does it really matter if the sections don’t work well as a group? I finally got to this point after being overwhelmed by all the possibilities. The plus of Photoshop is also its minus …you can keep undoing and altering until you’re in the it-will-never-be-finished zone. Of course that’s the advantage of an assignment. You feel you must complete it no matter how it turns out. If there hadn’t been a deadline, I would have deep-sixed this project a few hours in. As it is, I don’t know how much I learned but at least I know that I’m capable of producing something complicated if I have to.

5 comments:

jc said...

This is amazing.... I need a photoshop lesson in the worst way! There's so much at my fingertips, but it's intimidating, all I know is what I don't know!

Sharon said...

I, too, find this grid work a daunting task for all the reasons you cited. I haven't even started it yet, I'm just so overwhelmed. And I hate jigsaw puzzles so maybe this reminds me of same. Your piece is fantastic despite the misgivings.

Irene said...

Holy Smoke! I love it.

MarissaDW said...

I love your piece. I still have the grid the do. Just posted my Vignette Composition.

Laura Haviland said...

Lovely Susan,
Your so talented and you can create anything !!
I just think this art piece is totally "Wowsa" !!! I love everything about it and the colours pop.. Again fabulous artful show piece.
Thanks for sharing, Big Hugs Laura.xoxx Your always such an inpspiration..Enjoy your day..