Last summer I built a few cradled, hardboard panels. A couple of weeks ago I did some collage work on three of them, with the intention of going back later to add some other elements, such as spraying on stenciled images. Today's weather allowed me the opportunity to spray outside. That said, here's a short slide show of today's art output.
Size = 20" X 24" cradled hardboard panel.
The better part of today was spent on step two of my Nichos project. For this step I added 1 3/4" wide pieces of lattice around the perimeters of the plywood faces. Notice in the picture below how the lattice gives the pieces more dimension (which I like), kind of like a cradled canvas. Also notice that I chopped up an old yard stick to use on one of my nicho-boards; I'm liking that particular affect, so I may head down to my local junk shop and buy some more yard sticks.
In the meantime, the next few steps will involve prepping the boards for paint: filling in gaps in the lattice edges, sanding, throwing on some gesso, sanding more, using plaster and/or modeling paste to create texture, probably more sanding, and so on. I'll post some pics when all that rigamarole is completed.
At this point my "plan" (the best laid plans of mice and men) is to not even worry about the actual nichos--mint tins and whatever contents I can dream up--until AFTER the frameworks are completed. Often when I work on a project I'll have an idea from the get-go as to how everything will fit together, both construction-wise and design-wise. However, for this project I'm purposefully laying this tendency of mine to the side; I'm hoping the challenge will take this project in a new creative direction. In addition, when I do finally get to filling the little nichos, I'm going to strive for simplicity and try and use just ONE object or image in each nicho. An artist friend of mine calls this "single concept" art, which flies in the face of my assemblages--where I often cram every square inch with something--but I'm going to make a concerted effort to make it happen. If I may co-opt the K.I.S.S. acronym: Keep It Simple, Steve.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.