Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another Assignment Done

     This one was by far my hardest assignment. I chose a few parameters for myself and then realized I had chose a silly construction method that just didn't work for me. I spent hours on this one. It became a case of me against the piece and I truly felt like I had to win. Which really made me crazy and then I just really needed to get a grip on reality and know that the piece really had no vested interest in me succeeding. It really did not care. Oh boy. I didn't want to give up on all the time I had invested in the project that involved a lot of lines.  I kept telling myself that this was a true learning experience. ( And  few friends reminded me of this too.)

     This was my reference composition and I wanted to work off from this piece.

Rooflines #4

Taking a look at values with my camera
I set my parameters for my assignment : change the thickness of the lines to less than 1/4 of an inch, use a color I don't like (brown), add more colors within the motif, and try to vary the placement of the motif.
I also tried a different way of constructing the block or motif and that is what made me crazy and tripped me up. Last night when I went to write up my assignment after taking pictures, looked at it and sure enough, I had flipped one of the sections. This -

Ooops -bottom right section flipped the wrong way

Should have been: 

Rooflines #5, 37x37, Colleen Kole, 2012

This is done for the week. And I have never been so relieved. I finished assignment 4. One more lecture on Sunday night, and then one more assignment. I will really miss this class.


  1. This is a fabulous composition! You don't know me, but we have friends in common from classes at the Barn. I love reading your blog, since you are so honest. And your work has grown so much in this last month!

  2. Thanks Connie-I feel stretched in ways I am sure I don't even know about yet! Thanks for seeing improvement.

  3. Wow--this piece alone could give you several great starting points for new sets of series! The color, linework, configurations, etc. are all surprising and interesting--that brown really makes the other colors glow. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I don't know about you but I've learned a lot just from this post. Thanks

  5. Elizabeth- You are absolutely right. I just need to keep writing down all my ideas. Brown-to think I avoided it.

    Beth- My head is spinning from all I am learning. And doing the work. Making an intentional piece with parameters set up front is huge to push myself forward.


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  7. Colleen - my god, that piece is gorgeous. And to think you were feeling such trepidation about this class! conquering YOUR fear is teaching us to conquer ours.

    Thank you!

  8. Oh, I do love seeing your work. I think you've done a wonderful job with this motif and I look forward to more of this series.
    I don't know if I'm really ready for this class. Yikes! But I'm trying to finish up some projects so I can focus. That in itself will be a challenge for me.

  9. Thank you! I have a few more up on the boards -the ideas are coming fast and furious.

  10. i just like seeing that you are being pushed to explore and go into another direction. it's good stuff!!

  11. Oh, how many ways can I say fabulous?