I’ve enjoyed this challenge and I’ve learnt a little about one of America’s most influential artists. Some of Jackson Pollock’s art is interesting, yet some pieces remind me of kitchen counter tops – for example, ‘Lavender Mist’:
I wanted to find a Jackson painting to inspire me so I hit ‘Google images’ and quickly found one I liked.
It was headed ‘Abstract art by Jackson Pollock, oil painting on canvas’.
Enthusiastically I chose my colour palette:
At this point, I would like to have shown you the painting that was my inspiration, but (blushing ever so slightly) I can’t.
I have since discovered that it’s really a ‘Pollock-style’ painting that’s mass produced in Asia.
So, moving swiftly on, here is my Pollock-style felt picture – finished size is 18″ x 15″.
I made a base of two layers of white merino topped with one layer of rusty-red. I started the fourth layer by making a border all around with the same red, then working inwards with ever decreasing ovals, I put down dusty orange, gold, yellow then white in the middle. The fifth layer was a repeat of the fourth. On top I placed strips of blue, rusty-red and slate in a representation of broad brush strokes then drizzled some strands of silk tops along some of them. Finally, I dotted on wool nepps to represent drips of paint.
After ten minutes of agitating the wool fibres, I folded the edges under because I wanted the finished piece to have quite straight edges, as a painting on a canvas would. They were looking good and straight during the felting but they warped during the fulling because of the uneven layers.
Happy though I was with finished piece, I decided to cut it up with a rotary cutter and re-arrange the slices. I stuck the slices to a board, took a photo, then added a border to make it look like a painting.