Sunday, February 6, 2011
To Charlotte 20" X 20" mixed media
Tender words we spoke
to one another
in the secret vaults of heaven.
One day like rain,
they will fall to earth
and grow green
all over the world.
I like to work on square canvases the best, for some reason. This painting started with a very old letter to Miss Charlotte Byrd. My sister found the letter an a flea market and gave it to me for Christmas, to use in my art. Color inspiration for the painting came from the envelope, which was a lovely shade of faded blue. I actually wanted the letter to show through the paint a bit more, but, if you look very closely you can barely make Charlotte's name in the lower third of the painting. I took the letter apart and used it separately from the envelope for more texture. Inside the envelope I placed a handwritten copy of this poem by Rumi. Along with the letter, I layered on some sheet music and scraps of pink and blue decorative papers. The painting evolved very easily from there; the dove came first and then the lily. My partner at school, Patricia, saw the painting while I was working on it and proclaimed it a love story, and she was absolutely right. You can see this painting on exhibit later this month in the group show New Beginnings: Expressions of Love at The Decatur Market & Gallery. On February 12, from 5-10:00 pm., you can join the gallery artists for an evening of cocktails and live music and see one-of-a-kind romantic works of art in each artist's chosen medium.
for Mixed Media Monday, the Three Muses,Crazy Amigos and Theme Thursday.