In the spring of 2007, I attended a screening of the Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts for 2006 presented by the New Orleans Film Society. One of the shorts that amused me was “The Danish Poet.” I had the title on my list of events I wanted to remember, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"
In the last year I have revisited an interest in maps in my art sketches. I’ve played with imaginary layouts of city blocks, but kept them abstract. In the “a” series Next I mentioned that I had seen a show of mosaics. That experience also fed my process. So what does that have to do with this piece?
When I was stuck for an image, I watched the cartoon online to aid my creativity. Then it hit me. The beginning and end of the short include maps of a small city. In fact they were similar to the drawings I’ve been making. Early on I had picked colors from the short for my background. But now I had my idea for a design. From there I played with the layout of my dots and create my own pattern.