Sunday, June 14, 2009

Out of Round

My "Art Floozy" group members all put ideas on slips of paper at our first meeting over a year ago. Each time we meet, we draw an idea out of the jar for the next meeting's project. This month our topic was "out of round." One member made a beautiful asymmetrical copper and pearl bracelet, one had unusual blown glass beads, another had a clay bowl that had started out round but she'd sliced the edges off to make a rectangular top with a round base. I made a collage using a chart from an old science book as the featured element; it shows the "wanderings of the earth's pole from the year 1890 to 1910" – about 60 feet! Part of a page out of a solid geometry book showing spheres seemed to be a good addition for the theme, too.  I picked a blue art paper with gold and white squares on it – thinking that square made a nice counterpoint to round, and blue worked well with a chart about our "blue planet." I then chose a gold paper to pick up on the gold squares and rubbed some acrylic bronze paint onto it to highlight some of the layering of the gold paper. (If you click on the collage image, it will enlarge so you can see the piece better.)