Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Private Chapel"


"The heart is a private chapel." Joys and sorrows are deeply felt and worked out in the private chapel of the heart. That's where the conversations with God take place through prayer.

Black, red, white, and gold are a time honored combination going back to the time of monks. It was in the monasteries that they labored over their writing and illuminated capitals to preserve the scriptures. A very interesting fact is that paper had been invented in China long before it ever reached the shores of Europe. Consequently, vellum was the preferred writing surface and that's a good thing since paper would have deteriorated. We now can view hand written Bibles in many museums around the world because they were written on calf skin vellum.

This piece (like yesterday's posting) consists of the leftover cropped portions of a larger piece. This is a great exercise in design. Any scraps from any of your work can be cut up, rearranged into a totally different piece. You will discover divisions of space and odd combinations you would never have thought of on your own. So I would definitely place this technique in the spontaneous category. I will admit that I added the three bits of black and gold (in three different sizes) to give strength to the piece. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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