here's the last photo i took of this piece- on january 29- it's been marinating a while!
i did add a turquiose wash across it to tie the upper left corner, the fleur & the lower right together. and yes, been using the fleur a lot, and long before this year's super bowl! it's a handy, graceful shape.
According to Wikipedia: The fleur-de-lis (or fleur-de-lys; plural: fleurs-de-lis; French pronunciation: [flœʁ də lis]) is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. It may be "at one and the same time, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic", especially in heraldry.
but i digress.... decided i needed more across the piece and added the silver stencil. also in the lower left corner by the face, just doesn't show as much in the photo.
i wanted more activity on the left to balance the strong shapes & colors on the right, so i glued the inside of the 2 stencil on top of the face and added the stamp on that.
and now for one of the very handy things about blogging- i dropped a few transparencies on to see what i might want to transfer for the next layer. i felt like i needed something horizontal, so tried this first.
but since this seems to be turning into a piece about the number 2, it wanted 2 birds. (in Tarot , ..."Two is about balance. The perfect symbol for number two is found in the Tai-Chi-Tu also known as the yin yang symbol. Here we see the perfect balance of dualities, dancing within a tidy contained circle - living harmoniously while each still maintains intact identities. The small counter-colored dot in each hemisphere is a symbolic reference to the fact that a bit of one is found in the other. The meaning of number Two is also a numerical representation of Karma. Contrary to popular belief, Karma is does not refer exclusively to destiny. Karma, simply put, refers to cause and effect. The number two represents this universal law of cause and effect. ")
and since raven is a symbol of wisdom, which seems essential to finding balance, i think that this is the way i'll go.
funny how these pieces evolve. it's interesting to be doing 2s, since a basic composition priciple is to use odd numbers. but i have 5 dark shapes and 3 silver shapes, so that probably works as a design element. boy, taking photos and thinking about the process is really kind of interesting (to me anyway!)
i got toys from blick today- art markers, after seeing a very cool piece at art source made with them- and prismacolor colored pencils- inspired by my friend julie's fabulous colored pencil work. taking both to kristy's studio tomorrow night, since i must travel light.
and now- bedtime.
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