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Tapestry – A Picture Book


Tapestry

Tapestry

This year seems to be a year for re-imagining older works. Earlier this year I created a work of art using portions of older prints in combination with new pieces, collaging them together into a paper scroll entitled Island Tapestry. Around the same time I was working on an even larger, more complex piece that I will blog about soon. This second piece left me with many remnants of prints I had cut up and gave me the idea to create Tapestry, the piece above, a multiprint patchwork of images that together create a cohesive whole.

I began with a loose idea of collaging darker pieces for the left third of the board and using lighter pieces for the rest. I had the dark pieces and found that they worked well as horizontal bands of color but I soon realized that I wanted more defined and recognizable imagery for the remaining two thirds of the piece. So I dug through my stack of prints and picked out the images that worked well as two-inch squares and assembled them into a pleasing, connected and vibrant collage. Some of these pieces were left as 2x4s or 4x2s for better impact and to break up the symmetry.

The images used for the piece were taken from prints both large and small, representational and abstract. Many are figurative. All give just a tiny glimpse into a larger world. As a good friend and fellow artist, Ann Semple, put it, “ it feels like the tapestry is a book and each piece is a short story that culminates in a complete tale”. The piece is indeed a “picture book”, though each picture only hints at the full story, leaving the viewer to fill in the gaps. The dark portion on the left is even more clouded, with the merest hints of the world, and acting as both a metaphor for the entire work and a visual foil to the more delineated imagery. The details below shows just how necessary that foil is.

Tapestry, detail 1

Tapestry, detail 1

Tapestry, detail 2

Tapestry, detail 2

Tapestry, detail 3

Tapestry, detail 3

I have always considered myself a storyteller with my artwork. Lately I am realizing that my storytelling is deliberately incomplete, that I prefer to tantalize the viewer with hints and impressions. In this way he is drawn in, reads between the lines and finds greater resonance with his own experience.

Happy reading. Please share your experience of it in the comments below.

Tapestry, a 12″x36″ multiprint collage on paper mounted on board, is offered at $650.

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Photo Fridays – Seaside Serendipity


I love shooting people and I love shooting landscapes. I especially love shooting people in the landscape, so that they become part of the landscape and the landscape informs the viewer a little about who they are.

Across The Water

Across The Water

Sometimes a scene presents itself that you just have to photograph. When I saw this child and his mother standing across from the boat that had the same colors of his sweater I knew I had to shoot it. Fortunately I was able to find a position to shoot from that both kept them anonomous and spontaneous while creating a lovely composition.

Fisherman

Fisherman

This man’s face is partly obscured by shadow and his downward gaze, but the bucket, clothing and pier tell us a little story about him while leaving us free to fill in the details.

Beachcomber

Beachcomber

The beach places this child on land, yet he is wearing a life jacket. Has he been or will he be on water soon?

Saltspring Family

Saltspring Family

With their backs to us and faces and hands hidden we can only guess what this family is doing or looking at. We know the day is cool and wet, but they are probably having a good time.

Wishing you all good times this weekend!
Chiarina


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Tuesday Tales – Telling Tales


In His Arms 2a

In His Arms

A picture paints a thousand words, but does it paint the same words for everyone? This week I’m changing things up a bit and asking the readers to tell me their tales. Rather than describe the inspiration for this piece I would like to ask you what it evokes in you. What emotions, thoughts or ideas does it engender? What tale would you weave around this image? If you have a story or related image please post a link to share with everyone. And maybe I’ll tell a tale about your piece.

In His Arms is a 6″x8″ monoprint and is offered this week only at $80 unframed, $100 framed.


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Tuesday Tales – When Benches Beckon


PE-Whiffin Spit

Sunset Spit

I love the outdoors. Few things are more enjoyable to me than a long walk or run on one of the trails or beaches of this beautiful island I call home. And when a bench is perfectly perched along the way to provide a captivating view and a moment’s respite I am always happy to pause and immerse myself in that singular space.

Benches have held a fascination for me for a long time. I rarely pass one without photographing it and the particular surroundings it lives in. I say ‘lives’ for I find benches to be alive with the memories of those who have sat in them and the desires and intentions of those who have placed them in their outdoor homes. Benches speak of time, the long years they sit there watching the seasons change and the fleeting moments they share with a multitude of passers-by. They speak of love, of those who have passed but are not forgotten and those who sit together and create new memories. They speak of action, of runners’ stretches and lunches eaten. But most of all they speak of dreams and reveries and contemplations of life. They call out to our human souls and bid us to sit quietly and listen.

The print above, Sunset Spit, was created from a photograph taken while on a walk along Whiffin Spit in Sooke. The Spit, a long stretch of narrow land jutting out into the Sooke Basin, is a walker’s delight with a winding path and water all around. There are numerous benches placed along it and I photographed several, but the light and view from this one was especially magical. The shadows were long and the wind was blowing but it was tucked away in a bit of shruberry facing the setting sun, providing a quiet haven of seclusion and repose in which to reflect on a lovely day spent with a good friend.

This print, measuring 31/2″ by 5″ on 8″x10″ paper, is offered at a reduced price this week only (January 15-21, 2013) of $50 unframed or $70 framed, plus shipping costs. Please contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com if you would like to purchase it.