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Spirals – A Themed Experience….Guest Blogger: Mical Middaugh

August 31, 2013

Level 3 Studies in Art and Design Exhibition


Different papers were explored, both machine and handmade, from lightweight tissue to illustration board. Many coloring agents were used: acrylic paint, colored pencils, oil pastels, oil sticks, and inks. Molding paste and gels, fabric, string, water drops, torn paper and thinned acrylics provided various textures. Color was applied in many ways: brush, stick, fingers, and palette knife, through stencils and templates and with hand carved stamps. With this background, experimentation followed to see how these different elements interacted. Sometimes there was positive surprise by the results, and sometimes disappointment. This background then moved to a themed experience. The beauty of unfurling new growth in some types of ferns led to the possibility of working with spirals. I have found that working in three-dimensions allowed me to see the interaction within coils of the spiral. After hanging several spirals together the non-spiral spaces were as intriguing as the shapes formed by adjacent spirals. A truly wonderful two and a half years.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2013 3:27 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful spirals. We are so happy to have you working on your art at the Center. Hope to see you soon. Penny

  2. September 2, 2013 2:17 am

    Love the hanging cut spirals – really cool idea.

  3. September 3, 2013 4:06 am

    Mical, how wonderful to see you and your work at Gail’s! Your fern inspired spirals are so compelling. I hope our paths will cross again soon – Dana Webb

  4. Maria Patrizzi permalink
    September 8, 2013 5:52 am

    So beautiful, Mical! The spiral of life and growth so is evident, concise and cohesive in all your explorations. Keep it going, dear girl!

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