My experiments with masking tape have taken on a life of their own. While these started as a way to avoid wasting paint while making paintings to sew together, these have gradually become something of a focus in their own right.I’ve been posting them daily at my Tumblr site, and currently still have 47 queued up to post, with many more likely to added.
These have become exercises in color for me. There are obvious elements of form in the dots, checker boxes or occasional letters, but most of the composition remains linear. The main differences between different sheets come from the color schemes.
While I control these to an extent in deciding what to paint when, there’s also a lot of chance involved. I may be working on 3 different quilts requiring 3 completely different types of color and pattern, but the tape used for each of them winds up together. The results may be a fairly tight scheme (top) or something more unexpectedly diverse (2nd piece down).
Sometimes pieces take a week or two to fill out, leading to unexpected combinations, like the above, which has pieces of 21 different paintings in it, I think. It’s a very useful tool for trying out these new color combinations quickly, without much risk, and will help me plan more detailed works in the future.
I’ll post several more below. Read more »