After what should’ve been an easy Friday turned into a terrible state of confusion and hurt, I’m surprised that my creativity is still functioning. And not only functioning, healing. I may not be able to fix every problem I come up against in my life, but I /can/ create. I finished the 5th mixed media art piece in my mask series. It feels kind of weird to say that. I’m an amateur artist and I have a ‘series’…hmmm… Makes me chuckle a bit, I must say! I’m calling this one “Geisha Garden”. The mask I chose, decorated in the way it came out, on this black canvas really made me think of the Japanese art and cultural photos I have seen. The fabric feathers at the top were a happy accident (as Bob Ross would say) which occurred when my husband moved something from our table and a string of feathers landed on the unpainted portion of canvas, above the mask. The striking contrast of white against such a dark background was too beautiful to pass up. While I have real feathers, I chose to use fabric and create my own. I hope they will last for many years more than feathers would! I hope you’ll enjoy the photo of the background. I’ll share the photo of the completed project tomorrow!
I painted the background for ‘Geisha Garden’ using acrylic paints in metallic golden green (which I blended with a bit of medium green), dark green, and white. The three feathers are a stiff sort of satiny fabric (the edge of a decorated fabric scrap) that I cut freehand. I used a real feather to get the right length for the longest possible feather. I used Fabri-tac fabric glue to affix them to the canvas. I purposly ‘dreamified’ the photo so the colors are sort of misty.
In case you might be wondering why there are feathers in the sky… In some of the anime I’ve seen in the past, there are white or black feathers floating around the characters. I never really thought about what they meant for any length of time but they usually show up when there’s some kind of tragic feeling. At least, that’s how it seemed to me. So for this post, I chose to do a tiny bit of research before clicking ‘publish’. Here’s the answer I liked the best. I found it on Yahoo:
“Such feathers symbolize trust,
and a closeness
I thought that fit quite nicely. I think I could probably write a story for this artwork, as well as the previous one, “A Night And A Day”. In my mind, that fact alone goes quite a long way to telling me I’ve done a good job.
Don’t forget! 🙂 Tomorrow I’ll post the completed photo of the artwork. The photo I took today was too blurry and I really want to get a nice photo up. Please look forward to it! I’m really pleased with the outcome and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!
“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.” ~Basho