100-Day Project 38-41

 

days 38 39 40 41

How falls it, oriole, thou hast come to fly
In tropic splendor through our Northern sky?

At some glad moment was it nature’s choice
To dower a scrap of sunset with a voice?

Or did some orange tulip, flaked with black,
In some forgotten garden, ages back,

Yearning toward Heaven until its wish was heard,
Desire unspeakably to be a bird?

Edgar Fawcett, “To an Oriole”
I didn’t forget my grids when I was at the beach.  When I add neutrals to each color, it reminds me of nature in some way.  Birds often come to mind…
Edgar Fawcett was a 19th century American writer who wrote satirical society novels and science fiction as well as poetry.  Although never loved by critics, he was well-known during his lifetime.  He is largely forgotten today, although some of the biographical material I read online urges revival of a few of his science fiction books.  He was also evidently a prolific writer of sonnets.  The image of the tulip turning into a bird he uses here had an immediate appeal to me.

days 1 2 3

random grid 4 5 6 7

days 8 9 10 11

days 12 13 14 15 16 17 s

days 18 19 20 21

days 22-27days 28 29 30 31

days 32 33 34 35 36 37

days 38 39 40 41

You can see all the 100-day project posts here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/100-day-project/

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12 responses to “100-Day Project 38-41”

  1. createarteveryday says :

    Well you know I love it already, just for the verse and the oriole! But man I love these grids you’re doing. I see flowers, I see sky, trees, I see so much in these pieces. Magnificent stuff!! Totally love. (Wow, and what a verse to go with it!)

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    • memadtwo says :

      Well the O’s are holding their own…very tight division!
      It’s a fun exploration with the grids, and I love looking for accompanying verse too. (A pox on critics…I think it’s a wonderful poem.)
      And thanks for all your encouragement!

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  2. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Your grid project is fascinating. I’d like to hear more about your thinking and process behind the grids – you talk about nature and birds. What materials are you using? How do you decide on the colors for each day?

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    • memadtwo says :

      I’ve always loved grids, so when I decided to do the 100-day project, I had a lot of ideas, but settled on grids. I also had many ideas on what to do with them. But I started with the colors and decided to keep going with it. I could probably do many hundreds of color explorations, but I’m using each color I chose in a 2 color combination series with every other color for now. I cut the squares, mix them, and then pick them at random to glue.
      I used magazine and catalog cut-outs for my collage right now, though at one point I used “good” paper…which is in a portfolio in the back of the storage room where it went during one of my moves…”temporarily”. That was 7 years ago.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I’m always hitting “send” by mistake…to complete my thought, after I do each color group, I look online for a poem that seems to go with it. In this case, the grouping really reminded me of nature, and birds, and the oriole poem was perfect.
      In short, I don’t plan ahead that much. One thing leads to another. Maybe a fault, but maybe not as well.

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  3. memadtwo says :

    When these are all done I want you to have a huge showing of them all together. These could make you famous. I know you don’t care about that, but this project is just plain brilliant.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Well they are quite small and in a cheap grid-notebook, so somehow not suitable for display. But they do look quite nice together on the screen. I’ve always wanted to do more stitching based on grids, and this might be a good reference for it. But could I really sustain that much work? I’m not sure…

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  4. kirkistan says :

    I like those colors together.

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