Last week you saw how I excised the physical clutter in the my workspace.
It's all very well to have more space to move around in, but there's still a lot of visual clutter. To be honest that's not a huge distraction to me while I'm working on detail areas. But every so often I want to see the whole piece I'm working on against an uncluttered background. Frankly, I'm just too lazy to get up and take the picture off the cream colored wall and move all the in-process pieces off the top of the bookcase.
Saved by two hooks in the ceiling and
a roll of gray photo background paper.
The roll you see is a shortened portion of a large roll of gray backdrop paper that I've had for nearly ten years (hence the faded purpley sun damage at the bottom, hmmm that needs to be snipped off!). The whole roll was cut to fit the space between two rows of track lights above my primary work space, it is suspended from ceiling hooks by wires. Sort of like a pull-down shade.
Large binder clips on the bottom edge act as weights. They are also used to clip the bottom edge to a table top when I want to drape the paper over the surface to create a seamless backdrop for more formal photography. The paper gets most of its use though just as you see it now, hanging straight down like a banner to create an uncluttered background.
Sculpture is said to be the sum of thousands of silhouettes, every change in viewing angle creates a new silhouette. Against a plain background I can see those thousands of silhouettes develop without distraction.
The plain gray background is also handy for taking in-process shots like those you saw in the recent post about the new playing horses. Yes, that's them in the corner. We'll get back to those two later, I promise.