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May 30, 2014 by smithartonline

Sailor's Talisman Mixed Media on Paper 15 X 22 inches

Sailor’s Talisman
Mixed Media on Paper
15 X 22 inches


I have always held a somewhat mystical attitude about works of art. The art piece already exists but needs the hand of an artist for it to assume a material form…not a unique idea certainly, it has been a belief from the time of ancient Greece, and probably further back than this.

This work left me flummoxed a number of times. From the outset I wondered if this one was ready to be born. Three times I had to stretch the paper. It kept popping on me and buckling…was sure I would go mad (or madder). Then the image kept radically changing . I started out with a kitsune courtship design and, as you can see, it went in a totally different direction.

With all this said, I am not dissatisfied with the final image. In fact, it is successful in utilizing the layering look I enjoy. I am also moving back into a greater use of color. In the last few years I have focused on black backgrounds and working from the dark to the light. Now I am starting to play with brighter colors. I also used some silver and gold Dutch gilding, though it does not show well on the computer monitor. There are gold and silver Moon and Sun discs as well as a silver line along the edge with the sailboat. There is also a texture within the discs which cannot be seen in a reproduction…you will have to take my word on this one.

The final image worked out, but it was a very real struggle to get it there.


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