Monday, February 11, 2008

Work in Progress?

Yesterday I made some additional pieces of paper fabric (same novel, no paint, looks exactly like this) before deciding what the first unpainted piece needed was a modified Carolina Lily.

It's fused down--the PVA gets smooth when you melt it--and I might be able to peel off the fused pieces if I decide I hate it. I might hate the green triangles, they're too big...

I have no idea how or why I embarked on this--maybe because the crappy novel was about people from South Carolina? I don't like primitives or faux folk art, why did I start making some?

Less perplexing is a new sequined piece featuring coffee. The scale doesn't seem right; there's a lot of empty space. I said I wanted to make things bigger than the things I finished last year...

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Finished: "Indiana, October 2004."

One of my goals for 2008 is to finish three objects. The first was painted in Susan Shie's week-long class in Indianapolis in 2004. At the time, I was on vacation from a job programming automatic-steering software for green tractors--the yellow bump on the roof received GPS information from a satellite (shown in the upper right-hand corner) and this information was used to send commands to the hydraulic steering to keep the tractor in a straight line while the operator watches the implement gages (or, let's be real, the TV mounted on the corner post).

I hated the work environment, but I loved being out on the tractors driving around to collect and analyze data.

The piece hangs in my hallway, next to the other pieces I painted that week and finished at home.

Details of my cat, who was a teenager at the time, and myself.

One down, two to go.