In June I studied Ellsworth Kelly. I love his work and so I was interested in learning where these abstract ideas and designs came from… what’s the inspiration behind them?
I found that sometimes it was nature—landscape or the play of light on objects, sometimes architecture, and sometimes it was random—for instance he used numbered slips of paper referring to a specific color, then used different systems of chance to place them on a grid.
It was really fun to learn about the Ghost Army of which Ellsworth was a member. Their patch/insignia is fantastic, there’s a little sketch of it in my biography above.
I enjoyed seeing his collages and collaged postcards. Collage is another source for his painted abstract works. That’s something I’ve been working on also… I’ll do a collage and then use it as a sketch for a painting. So far though for me, I always think the collage looks better. Usually it’s the texture of the collage that I like but I think in this case below it’s the more subtle color.
Practice is probably the answer so my next project is turning this collage into a painting….