Sometimes work just has to percolate for a while.
And the main piece that has been brewing and stewing all along is Little White Lies. It took me that long to bring it fruition because I struggled with what I wanted. I am a big proponent of working in tandem with each piece, but I need to have some aspects in mind before starting or I could flail around wasting time.
Some of the issues I struggled with were:
- Should I have a wheel or not? At first I thought the piece should be that literal. But as I struggled through one wheel after the next, each looking just like a wheel that Fred Flinstone might have on his car, I started to reconsider. The wheel barrow was stopped in its tracks, after all, so why have a wheel.
- What should I fill it with, if anything? One thing I wanted to use were the little fortune tellers from my childhood, and something I use repeatedly in my work. At this point I had thought the entire piece should be a pale pink for a sense of innocence, but the little voice in my head kept telling me, "no" to both.
- I landed on just using text to fill the bucket part. So, what should the text look like? How much text should there be? And what should be made of?
I decided to keep it pale white with a gray wash to highlight parts of it, and to use large flat text that is attached to the bucket with just a little overflowing out of it.
Here is an image of it in progress:
Little White Lies, 2013
And a detail near the completion:
Little White Lies, detail, 2013
Better photos to follow, just a quick peek for now.
What do you think? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
May your day be a creative one!