I made this lovely Harlequin collage:
|Commedia dell'arte 1 - Harlequin, 28 x 22," mixed media collage, 2015|
|it took a few tries to settle on the rat as the animal familiar for this one, but on the upside, I now|
have two birds and a squirrel ready to jump into some future piece ;)
|The mask is from last week's new face block printed in white ink on black, cut down, sprayed with black with drawing in white.|
Harlequin isn't alone, he's just a little farther along. I thought it was time to try something with more interaction/ narrative, so this is part of a set of three, the classic Commedia triangle - Harlequin, Columbine, and Pierrot.
|Work in progress. Photographing as they develop to get a sense of the whole...|
|baby steps! :)|
- decide the materials and scale (22 x 28" is these largest size possible from a single sheet of this paper that fits a standard size frame)
|The collar, sleeves, hat, are vine charcoal and color pencil on paper.|
- print and complete the heads. I do this to ensure that there's plenty of time because its both the most important and most difficult part.
I printed the blocks, cut them out, then sprayed over them with white gesso and drew on top of that.
- decide on the other components
- research/ make as necessary
-assemble (and re-assemble, and re-re-assemble)
Something new I'm trying with these to get more narrative possibilities from each block - I carved new eyes and collaged them. This way, Harlequin and Pierrot can be mirror imaged repetitions with variations of one another.
|printed from one block onto another and|
then drew on it with pen
|the block reminds me of the eyes of Dr. Eckleburg, and it|
sort of looks like the classic Great Gatsby cover, designed by by Francis Cugat
|With the new eye block collaged on top for the head of Pierrot, before paint/ drawing|
I'm having a lot of fun with the costumes - so much potential for drapery and different patterns! Maurice Sand's Masques et bouffons (comédie italienne) and Jacques Callot's Balli di Sfessania have been especially inspiring.
Working on these, I've been a bit of an art-hermit; fortunately the feline assistants have been keeping me company.
|Jr. has decided that she fits just fine on my lap while I sit on the floor |
with the drawing board.
|The ultimate fluffy white collar|
A funny theme emerged - it looks like everywhere I went, all I saw was red.
And more nature...