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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fracturing Disasters


A fractured pencil drawing, no tools required.


Not everyday is Christmas. When a a drawing isn't happening: tear out of sketchpad, fold in half, tear down the middle, double up and tear again, and repeat the process till no longer exasperated. Deposit debris in the trash. Walk away and watch a scary movie.  My spirits were lifted watching The Others, Nicole Kidman's horror flick where she's not dead, but is. 

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  1. Same, except I'll go for a science fiction movie.

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    1. I like those too--and action flicks.

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  2. New sketch, old sketch? It looks interesting teared up anyway.

    It hurts when time is waisted.... =)

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    1. It sure does especially when it was okay before I decided to pick up the pencil and tweak. Big mistakes. Then impatience and anger set in. Tearing it up felt good--and today was trash day too, so no remnants of pain remain under the sink.

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  3. I have been there a few times myself Linda, how frustrating that feeling when you have to resort to tearing things up. Although, I have to say, your painting looks like a 'work of art' as it is.

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    1. Ann it's a regular thing in what we do. Trouble is: I sometimes stick with it too long.

      I just came from a site where the artist deliberately sections his portraits (they look like self portraits) and then assembles them. He does tear them, he cuts them up into shapes that reminded me of Matisse's "Cut-outs". He can't ever go wrong. And between you and me, the portraits left untouched weren't that terrific. He's found an answer.

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  4. Dear Linda, ruin a work ... throw it away ... very human actions
    and true artistic!

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    1. I ruined it this morning, threw it away and cooked my special mushroom recipe. The mushrooms came out great.

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  5. Whatever you need to do to get there..was the movie good?

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    1. Yes it was. Kidman played an excellent mad woman. I could relate.

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  6. Oh well, we have all been there, Linda. I love the movie part, mine would be a thriller or a soap. :)

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    1. The Others was a pretty thrilling horror movie Judy. And I didn't stop there. After dinner, I watched The Gray with Liam Neeson. It was gray--and bleak--and terrifying. A lot like a days' work for no results.

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    1. Thank you. Today I'm enjoying success in the kitchen.

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    2. I had more to say, but my new i-pad ate it.

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    3. The iPad does jump around a lot. Sometimes I find myself in the strangest places and have no idea how I got there.
      So after my success in the kitchen, I decided to see what was wrong with the vacuum cleaner. When I turned it on, it started to smoke not a little,but a lot. Not having a fire extinguisher handy, I lugged it down the stairs and out onto the porch where it will stay till I can get it to my car, up into the trunk and over for repairs. Honey got a overly excited. He didn't know vacuum belts are notorious smokers---thought we shouldn't keep fire hazards around. I told him, he just wasn't home when other vacuum belts burned due to whatever is in there. A partially retired spouse has so much to learn, the thought of teaching him whacks me out.

      I've decided to trace this new closed mouth photo I printed out of JD and dissect it to see what I'm not seeing as soon as the house airs out.

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    4. Good plan.

      BTW, your attitude about retired spouses is head-and-shoulders more positive that that of friends of mine whose significant others have made that leap.

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  8. I stay away from TV...because ... after Pat stops watching it I spend an hour pulling arrows and shrapnel out of the wall; Sweeping up dead bodies;getting the blood out of the carpet; opening the window to let the gun-smoke out.

    I watched 'Bambi' ... now that's scary!

    PS Sorry about the picture!

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    1. Thanks John. Bambi is a very scary movie; the little dear's mom gets shot ! And there's a raging forest fire! Nothing that horrible happened to Kidman's character. Now I can't say the same about The Gray. But blood and gore wasn't all over the floor in that one either.

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    1. No sooner did I post this than a post showed up on my blog list from a guy that does tear his self portraits up and arranges the pieces into interesting compositions. His self-portrait is poor,
      amaturish with regards to the structure of the scull,(he may have intended it to be), but sectioning as he does (ala Matisse's cut-outs) he creates an interesting statement. I did rip a failed painting on canvas once into long strips, then stapled them side by side to a rod as I picked them up. I then weighted them by stapling the bottoms to another rod. It was a very interesting composition, construction and wall piece. Failed attempts don't have to remain failed. They can be resurrected. Perhaps upon the failure of a piece, we should think, "Well, what can I do with this?" I did have a slight desire to send this photograph to paint where a painted layer could have been added with color and I would have had a piece of "computer art," but I wasn't in the mood to screw around. So it goes.

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  10. Honestly my first thought about this was, "wow, awesome." Not kidding! I love the intensity of it. But I know what you mean, I felt the same way the other day. *sigh* Although I think I prefer a romance movie instead of a horror. But that's cuz I'm sappy. :D

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    1. Interesting things can come from our failures. That's why I really don't think there is any such thing as a failure. A Failure is just a step we take backwards towards achievement. Science is one of the biggest examples of the value of failure.

      I think I chose a horror movie, because I was horrified. I'm really quite simple. I wanted to see someone who was having a worse time than me. LOL

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  11. An act of catharsis for sure. I have had countless such acts myself. They seem to free me to move on.

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    1. This destructiveness didn't work as quickly as I would have liked. It set me back more than I expected--got me questioning my choice of portraiture. It's time to do a few relief drawings.
      Thanks for commiserating with me Susan.

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  12. Frustration put into action ! I have had many moments like this too :-((

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    1. It's part of the game I know--a part I hate:-((

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  13. work in progress :) .... hope all is well linda .

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