|Blackberries North and South by Polly Jones|
Last weekend we had a great time with some good friends. We went on a road trip to Houston to take our artwork accepted for the Houston Assistance League Show 2012. While there, we visited The Museum of Fine Arts at Houston, The Menil Collection, The Cy Twombly Gallery and several art galleries. Seeing great art in person always makes me more aware of surfaces in the work. So many amazing paintings I've only experienced by looking at reproductions. You sure miss a lot that way! I came back more challenged to pay attention to the importance of differences in brush strokes and thickness and thinness of paint texture. One reason I enjoy using paper collage mixed in with paint is that it adds a slickness and contrast that I have a hard time getting in other ways.