We get down to this time of year and want to show something festive without being too terribly specific as to which holiday we are celebrating. Honestly, we’ve no preference for one over the other. Our children have a thing for the 25th and that guy in the red suit, still. They waiver as to whether they believe in his existence, taking a “better safe than sorry” approach. For Kat and I, though, one holiday doesn’t stand out over the others. This is a time for family, reflection, and some delight in being together.
I saved this last set of the rhinestone project for today because it has a festive appearance without being holiday-specific. We approached each image as an individual piece rather than forcing tonal motif, so there’s a variance in the colorization across the set. At the same time, though, we kept and manipulated the same background resources over all twelve images, creating the consistency necessary for a series.
The pop art reference comes in the circular patterns found first in the rhinestones themselves then colorfully echoed in the background. We chose to not keep the hard lines associated with pop art, though, opting for a significantly softer approach. With all the experimenting we’ve done this fall, hard edges felt too restrictive and confining.
We are grateful to our friend Ashleigh for posing for this final set. She has played a significant role in much of our artistic explorations this year and we greatly appreciate her patience and her willingness to let us use her image as the base for our artistic adventures.
This is the last new set for 2018. We still have several images waiting for process but we’ll save those for the cold weeks of midwinter when no one wants to leave the comfort of a warm home.
It has also come to our attention that not many are actually clicking on the thumbnails. Please do. The larger one can view an image the more of its detail one might appreciate.
Enjoy the series!