|Elysium, mixed media collage, 20 x 24," 2015|
|printed on a slightly darker gray this time and added black, white, and gold ink and pink color pencil.|
Participating in N.A.W.A. is important to me, and this may be the only time this year my work will be shown in New York City, so I wanted to make something really, really special.
|no new blocks, but lots of existing ones.|
For the robe, I purchased the marbled paper, and then tried to see the fold pattern in the existing marbling patterns. I added charcoal and color pencil, and also veins of gold ink where I wanted the light to reflect (inspired by Botticelli and one of my favorite paintings, The Birth of Venus, ca. 1485)
For the plants, I didn't have to look very far. I was trying to capture the feeling of looking at the plants in my yard. I used a few different colors of neon (I heart neon!). I sprayed each individual element with a coat of UV- protecting glaze, but even so, the color of the flowers will gradually fade (which I think is sad/beautiful).
For the iconography of the figure, I've been doing research for a different project on images of St. Michael. Some favorites:
|Jaume Huguet, St. Michael, ca 1455 - 60|
|Juan de la Abadía, Saint Michael Weighing Souls, ca. 1480 - 1495|
|a detail depicting St. Michael, from Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Fall of the Rebel Angels, 1562|
I especially like the gold filigree on black armor in the Spanish versions and the way Bruegel distorted the length of the arm (Mmmmmmm).
On a different note, I also got to see some beautiful Chinese painting locally. I love the use of gold, and the plants and creatures (more visual yum.)