Sunday, July 13, 2008

Using Mistakes

"Old World Dreams"
Ellen Sereda

Yesterday, I was working on a new drawing that was wasn't going well. As it was ink on bristol, I couldn't fix it, so I cut out the part I liked, the crow, and made it into something new. I also was going insane with all the fussy realism and I wanted to loosen up. I slathered some ivory paint on a wood panel and scratched out the first image that came in my mind, a loose interpretation of Tallinn, Estonia. I had a dream I went back there and it was magical. I love doing stream of consciousnesses artwork, it feels so liberating.

9 comments:

Caroline said...

I think this is a wonderful combination - great use of the crow and balloon too. There is a wonderfully dreamy quality to it.

andrea said...

I should be packing but just wanted to give you a thumb's up on this. These last two are really original (and I see the nod to Wyeth now! :). I love them.

dinahmow said...

Wyeth, yes, a little. But as this one loaded Chagall leapt out to me.I love this, Ellen.

self taught artist said...

very creative save, always good to remember even though when it is happening to me at least, it feels terminal. but things can always be saved i think.
nice work.
:)

Ellen said...

Caroline, Andrea, Dinah: thanks so much for the compliments! (and I like Chagall)

Paula: thanks, it usually feels terminal to me too, (evident by too many abandoned canvasses littering my studio), but I'm having more days when I refuse to leave the studio until I have something done. The self inflicted kick in the butt I need.

Kim Hambric said...

I love this piece, sweet and mysterious at the same time. But I'm gonna like anything with a crow in it. You mentioned that you have lots of abandoned pieces in your studio. Do you ever toss anything out?

Ellen said...

Thanks Kim. I do weed things out now. Before I was too frugal, I thought if I couldn't fix it, I could reuse it. But purging and letting go of the old work feels good. There must be something to that theory, an uncluttered life = an uncluttered mind.

patricia said...

This is beautiful. Beautiful.

Ellen said...

Thanks Patricia