July 24, 2017 by smithartonline
I used various media over a textured Ampersand cradled support. Texturing is achieved with Liquitex and Golden modeling compound. A base color of orange and green is brush painted, then airbrush colors are applied through various stencil materials. After the base is completed, various elements are added: collage papers, three-dimensional elements, additional airbrush features and hand painted images.
The symbolic meaning of the image is left up to the viewer. Certainly I, as a now observer, see the elements I identify; some traditional symbols and others derived from personal experience. Each observer will bring a personal background and encounter a unique message contained within the work.
I recently was fortunate to receive a wood block print from Japan. David Bull carves traditional woodblocks from Japanese sources both traditional and contemporary. In my teaching days, had I been aware of the David Bull videos available on YouTube, I would have referenced these as the best education for student print makers. He knows his craft and presents it well.
If you have an opportunity, take a look at David Bull’s website, http://www.woodblock.com/ and view his videos available on YouTube.
A video about this specific image (Heron and Iris) may be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MPMnbogfO0
You will come away well educated.