Monday 12 September 2016

Hanging In The Balance

Are you having a good creative Monday?
I love this moment - a new week, a new stunning inspiration from my Creative Team - and we can always count on Gayle to amaze us with her beautiful Art  - always so meaningful, every single time making me stop and wonder.
Her new assemblage is one of those pieces you won't forget...
Hello lovely Finnabair friends.
I love to work on small wooden blocks, something about their solidity maybe. I’ve created a collage/assemblage using a recycled, embroidery hoop as the centre piece.

Within the circle (representing the world) is a face (humanity), a heart (love), a cross (religion) and a clock (time).
From what I see and hear every day in the news, (represented by printed resist canvas ) I can’t help but think that humanity, love and religion hang in the balance. As a civilisation, is it time we “put our house in order”? I don’t wish to be “deep” and “depressing” but it’s hard not to think about the future when the world appears, in so many ways, to be “out of control”.
Making art, getting our thoughts down onto paper, canvas, wood or into a journal and telling a story is something I need to do and love to do.
Some of the stages involved in making this piece:

No.1 A small embroidery hoop covered in White Gesso.
No.2 Using Soft Matte Gel as adhesive, cover the hoop with a patterned paper napkin.
No.3 Paint all the embellishments with Black Gesso. When dry, add a light coat of Art Alchemy acrylic paint in Metallique Light Patina and Opal Magic Blue-Gold. Highlight in Ancient Coin.

No.4 Using Soft Matte Gel and a black and white photocopy face, I image transferred it onto a wooden block. If you'd like to know exactly how the transfer technique works, I posted a tutorial a while ago - {take a look!}
No.5 Elementals Newspaper Resist Canvas glued to the back of the circle using 3D Matte Gel.
Added colour with Art Alchemy acrylic paint.

No.6 Collaged patterned paper around the sides of the wooden block.
Stamped onto the face with a Finnabair Read To Me clear stamp. Added colour to the cheeks and eyes with acrylic paint.
No.7 Attached all the coloured embellishments into the circle with 3D Matte Gel, along with a sprinkling of Silver Micro Beads.

No.8 Gathered some muslin, which I later tea dyed, around the resin hand.
Detail of the attached hand, collaged sides and attached message.
The beautiful richness of Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints and a Heart Locket filled with Art Stones.

Whatever inspires you to create is valid. To express, in a creative way, our questions, doubts, fears and even anger is, for me, a little like venting to a close friend; it’s necessary and it feels good.
Hugs, Gayle

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Sinikka said...

Wow, this is an amazing project. I like the meaning/story a lot. This makes me speechless

Asas à imaginação said...

Gayle, I am enthusiastic about his art ... it is deep in meaning and beauty! Techniques we learn, but sensitivity as their is something inherent, personal and rare! Thanks for enchant me with your art!

Heather said...

What a creative price if art. Stunning.

Linda M. Cain said...

Wonderfully brilliant and stunningly beautiful followed by words of truth. Bravo, Gayle.

Kathy Bradley said...

As always, I am moved by your theme and awe-inspired by your gorgeous art!

Julie Wilson said...

Absolutely stunning. The colours are gorgeous and the composition just right. A wonderful piece of art xxx

Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous in every sense of the word.

mamablitger said...

Gayle this piece of art is absolutely awesome. I love how you expressed the message through your amazing art. You ste a very talented artist and your blog is a great source for inspiration.
Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous art with us.
Hugs from Monica.... Spain
Ps can I ask where you found that resin hand ? ( )

Mona Pendleton said...

So unique and creative Gayle! Love it!

Cathy - CMP Designs said...

This is stunning Gayle!

Linda M. Cain said...

Absolutely stunning, Gayle. The colors just blow me away!!! BRAVO!

Whimsytouches said...

Simply stunning. Absolutely transformative piece. Big Gayle fan.

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