May 14, 2015 by smithartonline

Encounter Mixed Media on Raw Muslin 25.5 X 16.5 inches

Mixed Media on Raw Muslin
25.5 X 16.5 inches

Encounter draws upon images from the Japanese kitsune tradition of the trickster engaging an unsuspecting human. Of the numerous tales of the trickster kitsune, one popular story focuses on the fox targeting the haughty samurai. The conclusion of the meeting results in the samurai playing the fool.

I have recently been painting on raw muslin since I began submitting works to various Papergirl projects in England and Ireland. One requirement is the work must be on a surface which may be rolled up for distribution at the conclusion of the exhibition. Thanks to my time wandering the halls of the USC Pacific Asia Museum, I have viewed thangka paintings from Tibet, which are designed to be rolled up for storage and transportation. Thangkas are painted on a fabric surface, much like the raw muslin I have been using.

Another aspect of the raw muslin is the unfinished edges. It gives the feeling of something with history and has a reference to the lung-ta (also known as “wind horses”) prayer flags displayed in Tibet. The flag is transitory and, when placed out in the elements, it will naturally disintegrate. The concept is the threads go out into the world spreading the accompanying prayers associated with the lung-ta.

I have begun to use Golden brand paints with my airbrush. The pigments retain their intensity even when applied to plain muslin, and their light fast ratings (with an exception for their fluorescent colors) are one or two. I do use some other brand colors as well, but the color does dull a bit after drying and sinking into the surface…not much, but the intensity does drop off a bit as compared to the Golden brand paint.

2 thoughts on “Encounter

  1. […] Whale Talisman continues my exploration of the raw muslin surface as an art support. For many years I have had the opportunity to view various Tibetan thangka paintings at the USC Pacific Asia Museum and at the Norton Simon Museum. An additional impetus to work on this surface came by way of various Papergirl projects around the world. One common Papergirl requirement is that the work submitted be flexible enough to be rolled up and presented to the public at the conclusion of the exhibition. More information on the attraction of muslin supports may be viewed at an earlier posting, Encounter. […]

  2. […] have posted two pieces, Whale Talisman and Encounter, to Papergirl Vancouver for inclusion in their exhibition. Keeping within the requirements of the […]

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