What makes something simple? Minimal colour, minimal texture, big details or small? Clean lines, perfect angles, closed shapes? Archetypal symbols, personal interpretations of symbols, no symbols? (That’s a non issue the “no symbols”: somebody somewhere is going to read something into it.) One swoop on a colour field? No flowers, frillies or lacies? One technique? Maximum ℑ/⊇/ℜ**** techniques (that merge, don’t fight)?
This is simple:
So is this:
So too are these:
I find myself fighting with things, trying to be more direct. Ideally, the goal is that last simple dotted circle: THAT is the kind of minimalism i desire, but it’s not as easy as it looks, having a harsh Inner Critic.
Spent three hours on this today (base with minimal work SO FAR in photo):
To the left, i scattered three hot pink dots, and then ripped out four versions of stitching around them–flowers yes, but i want simple, not foofy. Sometimes i see too much in these, then overwork, then rip out, start again (or toss aside). How’d i let myself be distracted by all the jeuje-ing of colour and texture?
Actually, the above started like this:
Because what i WANTED to start with, i think i threw out when we did the Big Move downsizing in September and October of last year:
I’ve torn apart my whole studio trying to find it. I wanted to cut it into at least 3 parts, then use the offcuts in a fourth piece, but. But but but, the one i came up with is not even near what i wanted, or expected of myself.
Each interpretation/mistake/solution-change-fix though does usually lead to other work being “easier”. Maybe that’s the point.
****imaginary part/superset/real part symbol