Thursday, July 8, 2010

May Journal Page

Well, I am not happy with it but figure I need to finish otherwise I will be here until the new year before I decide its 'finished'.  Always the hardest part of doing any art work is when is it finished and when that piece is not 'happy', it never seems to be finished.








The original calendar photograph on  first looking at it seems to be one mass of very orange stone  with a tree standing strong against the elements. Seeing on this page it doesn't look so orange and much more defined but the actual photograph I was working from, is much more densely orange.


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Then you look closely at its really full of life with grasses and other small trees.  So I started out with the overall image but as I worked on I began to see all the other elements  which is where my problems started I think.  As I added to it the more muddy it got (just like a painting) and the heavier it got.(just weight it and it nearly ½lb!).

So I have decided to leave it where it is - for nowYes

13 comments:

Janibach said...

I like that, Jacqui. You must have put a lot of hours into it. How big is it?

Sweetpea said...

Well, I like this one so much I wish **I** had made it so I could look at it all the time! It is so wonderfully laden with its own rocks, so chunky, and I wish I could run my fingers over it. Plus, I adore how you've applied the stitches...provides such a nice resting spot for the eye around the tree.

CONGRATS! I think it really ROCKS!!! (every pun intended) :>D

Robbie said...

I think you piece is great...very Improvisational.

Carol said...

Well *I* like it --- I can see what you mean about how it isn't the SMAE a the photo but SHOULD it be? After all, it is an interpretation...

Robin said...

I'm with SweetPea on this one, Jacqui! It's fantastic! I understand the critical eye that we get when we take our inspiration from a photograph. But remember, it is a different thing. The photograph is between reality and the photographer. Your piece is between you and the photograph. If you really don't like it, give it to SweetPea or me... either one of us would totally cherish it!

Robin A>

Cyndi L said...

I think it's marvelous. The tree is even more "faded" in the photo...I think it stands out better in your interpretation. It's the first thing my eye went to, and then I found myself just wandering around looking at all the wonderful "rock" formations :-)

Barbara said...

I'd call it finished as well. Everyone else has already commented a number of my thoughts, so I will just say I LOVE this piece!

jacqui boyd said...

Thanks to everyone who has posted a comment. I think its finished as well. I think on almost all my previous posts I have stated the same and on looking at them in the drawer where they are stashed, I haven't felt any overwhelming need to touch them. This is likely to be same.

Onto June and July now. This weekend is the big bead show in Austin, so I will need to go and rummage to see what I can find in greens - I need lots of green!

for Jani - its about 11 X 8 inches, once it is framed its likely to about 22 X 16, going on the previous journal pages I framed (first year of journal)

Julie said...

I simply love your work. I think it is perfect. I think it resembles the photos in a beautiful way. Julie C

Marty S said...

I love it, too. The texture is especially appealing.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

beadbabe49 said...

I'm so glad you stopped when you did....I think it's perfect as it is!

Lois2037 said...

I like it a lot. The blues you used really interact well with the oranges and, personally, I love the vivid colors. Generally I have a lot of problems looking at my work with any impartiality, so I understand how you feel. I find that if I put it away for a day or two and then look at it, I see it differently.

Penny said...

This is beautiful and to me a perfect rendition of what you saw in the picture. Each time you look at a picture remember that it is always a representation of the person painting it, or taking the photo or even beading *smile*!