Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Vestments"

Continuing on my loosely threaded theme of the last several posts (collage), I thought I would show you the evolution of another of my first attempts. I rarely have a plan and rarely have any idea what the finished product will be. However, in this case I had some tissue-like paper with a stone motif and thought I might be able to make some sort of abstract resemblance of the stone arch I see beyond my kitchen window.






I prepared a background of rust on my canvas board and then cut an arch shape from the stone-like tissue paper. I worked around that initial image with applications of other solid colored tissue paper. When I did not like what resulted, I ripped it off - often only strips would come off, leaving other strips attached. When I did not like that, I took sandpaper to the piece to try and give it an aged effect. When I finally stopped my applications, removals, sanding, varnishing, etc. I ended up with the image below. If you look closely, you can still see the shape of the stone arch.





While it had started out wanting to be a stone archway, it now resembled religious vestments, and thus its name, "Vestments". My family approved of this one. Eh voila, a collage is born. Perhaps you see something other than vestments - and I'd love for you to share what you see.






28 comments:

  1. The gray arches behind the gateway look a bit like headstones to me: a passage to the world beyond?

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  2. Dan: Interesting - I can see that now too. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  3. What an interesting piece. Isn't it wonderful what sometimes occurs as an artistic endeavor evolves. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Your efforts certainly paid off. The collage is wonderful! I do see the arch.

    I just found your blog through a comment you left on Delwyn's A Hazy Moon.

    Best wishes from Wisconsin, USA,
    Angela

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  5. This is interesting how this turned out from the original photograph. I like the combination of colors and textures very much. I can too see the headstones in this but they do not remind me of death, but life somehow.
    This is very intriguing.

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  6. C. Hummel Kornell: Yes, while I do take pride in the finished product (sometimes), I am much more intrigued with and interested in experiencing the actual process. Product is finite - process evolves, teaches, enthralls.

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  7. Angela Recada: So glad you found your way here! Thank you for following and commenting - I have done the same on your blog. :0)

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  8. Gary Heller: Why thank you - I take that as high praise when I think of the caliber of your work!

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  9. I like this Bonnie - it has depth to it. Thank you also for showing us the process involved in getting to the final picture. I do similar things sometimes with embroidery - I think it is all about building up texture. More examples please.

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  10. Good title for the collage...the archway does remind me a bit of an old cemetery entrance so befitting that the collage would have a reliquary look. Good job!

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  11. Very nice. I really like the colours - very peaceful.

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  12. I can see the original intent, as well as vestments. I also see the headstone effect. But mostly I see a gateway opening into a slab of rock. Something is there you would want to see.

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  13. Fantastic job Bonnie and it does look like vestments.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  14. I see a very slender figure in a komono type apparel with arms outsretched whose has just crossed under a limb going into light and a garden of green.

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  15. Hi Bonnie

    I see someone in a gown arms outstretched bestowing blessings....Perhaps I can see into the future...


    Happy days

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  16. Dear Bonnie,

    Vestments donned in tribute and time
    Woven threads, life's cloaks mine
    Labor's intent and layers of deed
    Revealed be a soulful creed
    Portals of passage, pathways lain
    The call of the sacred, the echoed profane.

    APOGEE Poet

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  17. My favorite part of this is the cat at the top of the painting. :-)

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  18. Weaver of Grass:

    I so agree - for me it is all about texture as much as colour. I'd love to see examples of texture in your embroidery.

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  19. Alicia: I'm glad to know that my chosen title makes sense to you. Thank you for commenting!

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  20. Sandra: I hadn't really picked up on the slab of rock or tombstone until some of you have pointed it out. Thanks for commenting.

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  21. Wanda: I can see that. Funny that you mention a kimono - because I saw that too but could not call it "kimono" because I have another piece I called that. Thanks for the lovely description of what you see in the work.

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  22. Delwyn: What a lovely thought. I have always loved images with outstretched arms. It is a very healing image - seen a lot in Christian imagery of Christ and Mary.

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  23. Rose Marie: Your words cast an undeserved import on my humble piece. But I thank you and am inspired to rise to the description.

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  24. Catvibe: Well, who else would spot a cat in the image??! I took a second look and there it is - a cat at the top. Thanks.

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