13 Jan

From Sketchbook To Finished Work

I didn’t include the sketch that led to this finished piece in my blog post from the other day, but that is where this started on a smaller scale. I liked the sketch and felt it was time to work with the idea on a full sized piece of paper. The repeating shape is an elongated version of the leaf I’ve used in my work for years, but the shift in length/scale feels dramatically different to cut.

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It’s amazing how the work appears to pulse and vibrate with energy. Even in these quick photographs it plays with the eye and appears to move.

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I’m satisfied with how this turned out, and want to make one on an even larger piece of paper (this is 17″ x 14″). It’s not a dramatic shift from previous work, but it is an interesting iteration.

2 comments

  1. I really like this piece, but I can’t look at it for more than a few seconds without risking a migraine: isn’t it bizarre how our eyes and brain interact sometimes? Your reflection of trees and sky in a snow-bound pond/puddle on Bowen is so far my favourite image of 2017. And I love what you did to the lapels on Boris’s Christmas jacket. Happy new year.

  2. I know, this piece is completely crazy-making on the eyes, which was not my intention. I hope it did not give you a migraine.

    The water reflection photo is actually part of a river on Bowen rather than a puddle. It’s one of my favourite places on the island. I’m glad you like the image – and the jacket!

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