The series come to a close with the completion of 100 small works. So what did this prove?
- think outside the proverbial box
- one can maximize paper/pastel combinations
- the same composition repeated 100 times can be totally different in appearance
- color plays the important role of determining depth and temperature
I think the biggest thing for me was to persevere through 100 different paintings of the same composition and to create something different with each. I experimented with a variety of papers, using different brands of pastels. Some combinations worked better than others. I only scratched the surface of these combinations of materials however. There are so many great products to use in today's market. I really only used materials that were readily available to me and stock on hand in my studio. Because I worked in a very small format (basically 4x6 inches) I didn't employ some techniques that I might have on a larger scale.
So what I have learned in color is how different the same colors of pastel appear on different papers; how some papers react to different fixatives in the process of applying color; how not to think about “shouldn’t” and “can’t” in the process, but instead step outside the box of conventional technique. Because I now have come up with at least 100 variations; I got bold with color and combinations and as I tacked these on the wall, it turned into a huge mosaic of little paintings, each individual and unique, but also a broad body of work that allowed me concentrate on a significant project and yet not spend a large of amount of time on each study. It is a lesson of tenacity, of pushing the limits and keeping things interesting and it’s about satisfaction…knowing that you can push yourself confidently to achieve a desired goal.
So, many of these little paintings are in shows, some have sold. They look great hanging in a grouping - they are similar, but so different. The next question is what to do with the paintings not framed; I think they will get put in a flat file inter leafed with glassine - for a time.
I encourage others to do this experiment in their chosen medium. You will learn. I don't think you have to do 100. 50 would be a good number. It is a fun process and you will learn from it!