according to animal speak by ted andrews, crane is about longevity and creation through focus. a symbol of justice and associated with feminine energies. we are fortunate to have a home in an area where sandhill cranes summer and over the years i have managed to get some decent photos (and a lot of awful ones!) i am fascinated by the cranes- love to hear them call, see them in the fields, watch them fly and dance and do what they do.
this is the first she flies (6x6 cradle board) - love the distressed feel, and the fact that she flies even if a little beat up.
the board on the right eventually became the piece below. since crane is a solar symbol (in many cultures) it is appropriate that she started out with reds & yellows.
i struggled with the background for a while. as usual at this point i wasn't sure what image i wanted on the background, and i added some bronze paint, then got the idea of the crane and added red dots, circles and other marks. needed a focal point, put heavy gesso on a paper plate & plopped it down in a central location.
next, the overlay of the crane image to see if it works. it does.
layer of golden soft gel matte medium over the entire surface. i like to have the texture integrated with the entire piece, not only where the transfer is. no matter how subtle, there can be a change of texture or sheen that looks off.
after the transparency was peeled off. great transfer this time. i went back & moved the medium around some to create more texture & minimize the difference between smooth where the transparency was & not smooth elsewhere.
after a few more layers of glazes- quince nickel azo & bronze mixed with glazing medium-
and a detail of the crane-
pretty happy with the way this one turned out. and 1/10th of the way to my new inches for december! trying to get ahead since november will be gone before i know it. and i am bound to sell a few things this month and will need something in the wings :)
fun studio night with nancy, leslie & sue. i do love tuesdays!