These pieces marked the transition of the Wag series into something more complex and composed. Multiple elements were used in each composition, to create pieces worthy of a lengthy analysis. Often, these make an analogy to food, as the complex images need to be “properly digested.”
Juicy is the latest in the Cluster Wag series, and I implemented a new, many-layered background that was an expansion of my “Blurbow” backgrounds. This image is dripping with vivid colors and overlays, which gives an astral, atmospheric feel to the composition.
Lemonade Break features a highly-processed scan of an old book’s inside cover as the background. I used a new technique to create the perfect retticello in the main circle, and kept the accent colors light and bright.
This piece, Lunch, was an immediate favorite of mine upon completion. I’m particularly happy with the left-side borders that I used here. I also utilized some different blend modes to create the vivid color and depth of the circles and in the left border.
With Breakfast, I knew that I was onto a really good series with Cluster Wag. There are many layers to this work, and many colors, yet each element has its own color scheme. These colors are not repeated, but are still highly complementary to the adjacent elements. The large retticello is where the eyes are first drawn to, with its many intersecting and weaving lines in bright colors. The popping circles to the top left of this exhibit great contrast and balance the canvas. The blue wig-wag column on the left pulls the eyes across the canvas and holds the composition together.
Tequila Sunset, much like tequila, is not for everyone, but I find that the extremely bright color scheme and contrast present in this work represents some of the deep love that I feel for glassworking and all the vibrant colors present today.
Bipolar Disorder was the first in this series, and is about the two contrasting halves of a whole, featuring two different styles of retticello patterns. Much like the human brain, the two sides are related, yet quite different, and ultimately, they represent the contrast between two halves of a whole.
There will be plenty more in this series, so check back for updates!