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Saturday, 19 September 2009

Silver Strands...

...thread light downwards...
Recognise these words? They're by a favourite writer of mine, and if you visit regularly you may recognise them from something I did earlier. Yes, the words written by mel continue to inspire me.

When i laid the plaster down for 'hear the ocean' i also put some on this black Hannemuhle Buggra Butten paper... it's designed for pastels, but at 120gsm i thought it may be heavy enough to take this technique. If you don't try, you don't know! The paper did cockle a bit with the wetness, but dried out ok. I used various blacks & silver, thinking about waves crashing at night in moonlight... the photo doesn't really show the depth that the 'rocks' give to the piece, but i'm pleased with the 3d effect in real life.

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I've used pencil for the lettering (6B i think)... quite tall narrow skeleton letters to convey the movement of light downwards... the use of pressure & release so the colour isn't solid. Pencil on black paper isn't the easiest to read or photograph, at some angles parts of the lettering seem to disappear, only to reappear as you move around... but that's the whole point.
We are talking about moonlight threading down... ebb& flow... weavings... magic... re-connecting.... and apart from that, there are layers of meaning within the words & the energy around them.


As it's pastel paper, it's only fair to use some pastel somewhere.... so i scraped a mix of white, black & grey through a stencil & smudged it with a brush. There's also a spattering of silver acrylic & silver powder in there too.... all those layers of light & shadow, thought & meaning...
Look deep into the spiral.... & re-connect....

5 comments:

Rose said...

This is very beautiful! XXX

Mel said...

WOW!! This is some kind of brilliant....*sigh*....

~love~ xoxoxox

Ambermoggie, a fragrant soul said...

wondrous a great piece to welcome the equinox:)

Samantha said...

I just love it! You've sent me in a spin of inspired bliss .... well, you and Mel's words, which I still can't quite get over from the last piece you did with them. You two, what a combination!

Bright Blessings x

Suzi Smith said...

hee hee sam, got another idea up our sleeves too....

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