Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More "Wild" Art and Thoughts on Scale (PPF!)

Here's another art journal page I made in the "Art of Wild Abandonment" class.  It was such fun to cut leaves from various patterned and textured paper and also to make little houses to hang on my branch.  I liked it quite a bit. On the other hand. . .
I wasn't as crazy about this page. I painted vellum and the cut it up to make the butterfly and the poppies. Made some mushrooms/toadstools out of old sewing pattern paper.  I think there's something "off" about the scale of everything.  It feels huge and a little clumsy to me.  Maybe I'm just more comfortable with small, detailed things. . .
What about you? Are you more large scale or small scale?
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p.s. edited to add that I'm linking this Thursday post up to Paint Party Friday because I'm posting my monthly self-portrait on the last Friday of the month. Confused? Don't be. Go to this link to see lot of other painterly goodness for PPF!

29 comments:

Amy said...

I struggle with anything that is not square or rectangular!

Mary B said...

I like your leaves and little houses very much but I would struggle with the larger canvas although I love the concept of using a paper pattern and the flowers in that one look great.

scrappyjacky said...

I really like both pages....and think the tissue and vellum would look particularly good IRL....I do know what you mean about the scale though.I think I'm probably 'medium' scale!!

Sian said...

I'm definitely small scale! I love dolls houses and used to make lots of tiny things before I got into scrapbooking. I completely agree with Jacky - bet that vellum looks fabulous IRL

Cheri said...

I think both pages turned out great! Scale doesn't matter in whimsy, but based on the size of your butterfly, I'd agree the mushrooms are huge.

Denise said...

I think both pages turned out really well- I think the scale/size is what gives it it's charm and quirkiness - it works really well :-)

laurie said...

there are pages of mine that i really like and those that i really don't - more often than not, i have no idea why! sometimes a little time will do the trick. other times i turn to gesso. the class you are taking sounds very interesting.

Karen said...

Usually I'm small scale, and I just love the first piece!

Beverly said...

hmmm don't know that I am one or the other. Love the pattern paper for the mushrooms!! I really like the first one best though.

Nordljus said...

Both your pages are gorgeous! I can't say which one I like better. They're very different, but both are charming. Love all the textures and colours you used. Happy PPF!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

that sounds like a great class and i particularly like the color scheme of the first piece. thanks for sharing!

NatashaMay said...

Gorgeous pages! Love the butterfly. :)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Love both pages ~ very creative and colorful ~thanks, namaste, ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

pauline said...

LOVE LOVE the first piece here... those little bird houses are too special. I do the occasional BIG piece but small scale allows me to play with paints when i have little time - much less time consuming. Happy PPF! xoxo

Ayala Art said...

Rinda I love the first page, lovely... but I actually find the second one more cheerful! lol Maybe because of the light colors...?
I dont care much for the right scale, as long as it looks good to my eye, and I like those mushrooms a lot.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Lovely!
I'm especially loving the first image with the tiny houses hanging from the tree branches...delightful!
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Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

WrightStuff said...

I do love those little houses. It's such a quirky painting. I understand what you mean about the second one. Maybe the lines in the dress patterns made the toadstools look a little flat? It's still pretty though - don't knock yourself!

Debbie said...

Both pages look great, but I have to agree with you that the first one with the leaves is really special. The colors, shapes and textures just flow together with great unity. My son would love those mushroom houses, though!

Palma said...

I LOVE the first page and the mushroom is very pretty. It reminds me of spring.
I usually work large scale when I am painting but prefer small scale when I am using watercolours, so it depends on the medium but anything smaller that 6x6 is a real challenge for me!

Lizzie said...

Cute little houses! You put lots of houses in your art, Rinda. Do you remember the houses we made for the blog hop (all that long time ago!)? I still have my notebook!

carlarey said...

Love the branches and leaves! It's fabulous. I like the second one too, but I know how you feel, sometimes I love the individual elements, but I don't like how they look together. Personally, I love the pattern paper mushrooms, and want to draw a whole world of bugs and tiny critters to live in them.

Sabina said...

Love the textures and patterns, and the effect of flying birds and feathers in that first piece. And I'm definitely more a more smallscale artist. No idea why though.

*jean* said...

i LOVE that top one with the houses and leaves, that is wonderful! maybe what you are seeing in the bottom one is that the sizes are all similar...maybe it needs some variety in the proportions?? great work, rinda! happy PPF!

Gloria said...

Nice textures and the patterns are great. Love that your are doing Art in journal. It's a lot of fun. Have a great weekend.

Heather said...

I think both pieces from your journal are great! I love the colors and the testures. That is what journals are for. For experimenting. Its fun! Happy PPF!

Anne said...

Wonderful pages, so creative and original ! Happy PPF !

Irene said...

Love your wild art journals, especially the top one with the small houses.

EVA said...

I really like both of these! the tree houses are adorable and the mushroom and butterfly charming.

alexa said...

Both of these are so nicely put together - but my favourite is the leaves and houses. I am so behind with this class.... Not sure about scale: sometimes I like homing in, and sometimes zooming out!