This creature was made for a local outdoor art exhibition in place over the summer. I covered the frame made out of chicken netting with birch and fir twigs from already felled trees. Eyes are pieces of glass from bowls found at a charity shop. It was a fun, hands-on project!
An abundance of plants, a snapshot with a dark border. Yet again, a monoprint, this time with water colour and then, again, coloured pencils. You might have a look at Garden, an earlier post, a bit of a series developing. And both left-leaning for some reason. It is said that the eye is more sensitive to movements coming in from the left so these two are clearly not taking advantage of this ‘flow’. Just realised that as these are monotypes where I first paint on an acrylic sheet, using my right hand, before turning upside down and pressing the painted sheet down on paper. Perhaps it is more natural for the hand/arm to move from bottom left to top right thus creating a curved movement in the work? Hmm ……
Although this has been numbered as no two in the Flow series it has a number of predecessors. (Note to self, get a grip on documentation.) I experimented with painting gesso on 300 gram watercolour paper and continued with watercolour and coloured pencils. It has been a fight to reconcile the raised brush strokes of the gesso with the layers of watercolour but I decided yesterday that the struggle must stop here. The result is ambiguous, is it something growing, flowing or just a snapshot of light in a (colourful) glade? Or the remains of a structure?
Unless I suddenly see another possibility of portrayal I am now releasing it from my control.
Some time ago I was leafing through a Dutch book about Fra Angelico, printed in Antwerp 1941. (The book has a paper sticker with Boekhandel Krooneman, Jansstrasse, Arnhem. It has had quite a journey in the 70 years since it was printed and is now in a small village in Sweden.) I started noticing the fabulous fabrics hanging behind Maria and child in many of Fra Angelico’s paintings. So the pattern on the yellow background is copied from a painting (1437-1440) that is now in the St. Marcus museum.
The luxurious brocade fabrics were of course only for the wealthy and powerful in the upper echelons of society so it is appropriate that Maria with child are sitting in front of a shimmering wall of silk. I used a ‘frame’ to place plants and a planet in a similar position of importance.
Fra Angelico is a monoprint with block printing colour, watercolour and colour pencils.