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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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In a Blue Mood


Camas in Bloom

Camas in Bloom

Spring brings a wave of blue in the garden when these tiny starry shaped wildflowers reappear to grace us with their loveliness.  I got down and photographed them on a morning after a spring rain, bringing back with me two very wet feet and one big grin for the treasure I had captured in my camera.

Iris

Iris

Not to be outdone by the tiny camas were these giant irises floating in my sea of blue.

Camas and Sea Blush

Camas and Sea Blush

Isolating the camas from the surrounding green grass and pink sea blush was sometimes difficult and sometimes unnecessary as in the photo above.

Almost blooming

Almost blooming

The stalks of deep blue greens are almost as captivating as the flowers in bloom.

For more photos of my blue flower photoshoot, go here, and if you’re lucky enough to live by the sea go out and see some for yourself!


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A Bed of Lotus


A Bed of Lotus

A Bed of Lotus

Remember my sneak peak? Well here is the completed artwork, all finished and mounted onto board!

It’s a multiplate print measuring 18″x24″ and titled A Bed of Lotus. Creating the artwork was a fun challenge, especially the surrounding abstract section, which was worked over quite a bit. Mounting it was an even greater challenge due to its large size. It required precise trimming of the paper, brushing of acrylic medium on both the back of the paper and front of the board and then some very careful aligning of both elements and pressing down to ensure that all would be glued together with no air bubbles. I used some strong muscle with a baren over wax paper on the piece to push down the paper which continually wanted to curl upwards. Finally I weighted everything down overnight to firm the bond.

I painted the sides of the board prior to mounting the print and waxed them to seal afterwards. A close up of one side is shown below.

A Bed of Lotus, side view

A Bed of Lotus, side view

Mounting the piece rather than framing behind glass was a little scary, so much could have gone wrong, but the final result is very pleasing and impactful as there is no glass to blunt the view of the print. It’s a much lighter piece to move around as well! A few more details are below.

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

 A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

I intend to submit A Bed of Lotus to a show but if you’d like to save me the trouble I am offering it this week at $750.


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Island Tapestry


Island Tapestry

Island Tapestry

I put the finishing touches on this piece today, gluing and tying the beach stones that anchor it firmly to the sea. I hadn’t planned on this being part of my 100 Days of Facing The Coast project, but with the many seaside images in the piece I thought it would fit in nicely. The center Botticelli inspired image, captured at the seashore, is a reminder of Venus’ birth in the sea. If you look closely at her face below, you will see many fine white lines in it, glittering like dried seasalt on skin that has been kissed by the sun after a swim.

 Island Tapestry, detail 1

Island Tapestry, detail 1

The pattern of images is reminescent of a kimono with obi, my personal nod to another island I have been privileged to call home and which has left an indelible mark on my senses and my heart. More details below.

Island Tapestry, detail 2

Island Tapestry, detail 2

Island Tapestry, detail 3

Island Tapestry, detail 3

Island Tapestry, a 26″x34″ paper scroll with photopolymer gravure etchings, bamboo and stones, is offered at $650 this week.


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The 100 Day Project


Sea sighed17

The 100 Day Project kicked off this Monday and I am thrilled to be taking part. Specifically I am participating in my local chapter of the project, the Cascadia Story Project‘s 100 Days of Facing the Sea. The idea is to spend 100 days creating, with the sea as inspiration. I’ve opened an Instagram account here to post my daily images and musings to the group and would love to have you follow along. I’ll also be posting regularly here on the project.

Other than attempting to visit the sea daily and letting it inspire me, I haven’t decided on a specific theme. I expect to let the creativity flow in an organic way and hope to have produced something of value by the end. In any case I know the simple act of being mindful and present during this time will bring its own rewards and joy.


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The Exquisite Camelia


Camelia Red

Camelia Red

I spent this past Easter Sunday  shooting pictures for a local triathlon (photos to follow in a later post). In a quiet moment between transitions I turned my camera to these lovely camelia blooms beckoning for some attention. I happily obliged. More pics below and here. Wishing everyone a creative colorful week!

Camelia Sepia

Camelia Blue

Camelia Blue

Camelia Pink


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Latest Artwork – Sneak Peak


Untitled, detail

Untitled, detail

Today I have the unusual situation of having the exact number of followers of this blog as I do Facebook fans. They’re not large numbers but together they represent a sizable number of people who find my artwork interesting enough to follow and engage in with me.

To thank you all I am giving you a sneak peak into my latest work. It is one that has spent a lot of time percolating in my head. The central image is an 11″x16″ photogravure I have partially printed once before. It is surrounded by a large abstract monotype and the entire piece measures 18″x24″. As always the result on paper is not exactly what I had imagined but I am enjoying the bright colors and am very pleased with it. It is as yet unfinished and untitled. Maybe you might have some ideas for a title?