“Garnet” begins with the central image, rendered in liquid acrylic ink, drawing ink, and watercolor on hot press d’arches paper. The stone’s properties of balance, strength, awareness and passion, along with it’s most common hues, are rendered as a bold, stoic horse, which as you’ll discover, is the animal I tend to favor.
After painting the first piece and planning out the next, I began looking for the right frame to hold this little equine gem.
I couldn’t find one.
And that’s when the madness took hold. Just as the inspiration for images is all around us, sometimes we need to right circumstances to actually *see* it. Constructing a frame out of objects that surround my home and studio seemed like the natural thing to do.
First, a frame was built from the wood of an 19th century Maryland tobacco barn, which has fallen naturally and yielded beautifully aged and worn paint from long ago. I added a few touches of color to enhance and tie the wood even closer to the image it cradled and waxed and sealed it to prevent “vintage splinter syndrome”, because that’s never fun.
I then reached into my hoard of saddle bits and pieces and found a lovely old piece to create a small shelf in which to cradle found objects of metal wings, florals and a deep red bead, again to echo the theme. Vintage beads and wire were found (holy moses, there’s a lot of stuff hidden in this studio!) and attached to a fall of feathers. The barred wing feather was graciously donated by a local Tom Turkey who frequents the backyard, along with additions gifted by my Silver Laced Wyandotte hen, Justice. A few upholsterers nails created texture and the back was closed with soft, gold cotton trim, so this piece will always sit softly on whichever wall it calls home.
Somewhere along the way, this became less of a little painting and more of an altar or talisman. I’m okay with that. 🙂
This, along with the pieces that will follow, is a one-of-a-kind work. And it brought me great joy, as I hope it will you.
Thanks for looking! If you have any questions, feel free to send me a note.