A title for this piece has not yet arrived, but might turn into one in my tree series. The tree itself is one that I can see from my work space, it’s a gigantic alder growing at the edge of what was a large pond many years ago. I stopped myself going further – I have a tendency to stuff an image with too many details, now you can, if necessary, complete the image yourself.
The Hairy Rat
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.