Saturday, November 17, 2012

"Silver Lining"

($40.00.....6" x 6".....140lb HP mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"Grace is the silver lining behind every cloud." As you can see, I've taken liberties with a classic quote. The unmerited favor of God is certainly a silver lining whether there is a cloud or not.

This piece is a compilation of three sections of discarded sections of mono printed rice papers, old book pages, and silver leaf. The silver is hard to see on a computer screen, but it is clearly visible in the original.

I did need to add some more turquoise on the section at the bottom to tie it into the rest of the piece, but this is a great way to use up the "cropped off" areas from other works. It is amazing to see what elements actually go together that you would never have been able to plan in advance. So this is another spontaneous technique that can be exploited. 

Also notice that the gestural marks in the mono print contain a variety of thin and thick lines. This is much more interesting than just having one or the other so that is a good point to remember when doing these kinds of works. And of course, the thick and thin lines are precisely why hand lettering is so appealing. It provides a great contrast between the very straight and precise text in the collage. Another contrast is between the silver and the neutral colors. Pencil lettering also adds another weight and dimension to the mark making. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about. 

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