I just finished this new piece. Interestingly enough, it came to me in a dream. At least the pattern did. The soft green background pattern. I thought I should go with it, and see where it led. The pattern is hand painted in watercolour and gouache on rice paper. The orange lilies and the wren are block prints added over the painted pattern. They were then highlighted with paint. The task then was to finish the piece, making it cohesive to my eye. Something in me reverted back to my work in the 1980’s, when I worked with block prints a lot. I used to add fabric in the mix, but that didn’t work in this case. But in tacking up different fabrics, I discovered what I needed. More hand made papers. With patterns. I found exactly what I was looking for at Manny’s Art Supply in New Paltz. They have the most extensive and beautiful assortment of papers I have found anywhere. At least around here. The polka dots and grass designs provided the perfect contrast to the original painting.
It was about the energy that the initial green C’s presented. The way they went left to right, with subtle variations in color. They directed you away, softly, from the bird, in waves. Gentle waves. The bird’s energy resounds. Such a little bird, with a powerful voice and presence.
This piece took way longer than expected. Way, way longer. It was a good experience.
It measures 2 ft across by 3 ft high.