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Painted Poetry: Catch the Light…

Final Version... for now.

© deb davies thorkelson 2016

Painted Poetry #4:

“Catch the Light
That is in the Darkness”


Mixed Media on d’Arches Watercolour Paper
Acrylics, Ink, Oil Pastel
Approx 11″ x 15″ (28 cm x 38 cm)

 I’ve been busy painting and drawing, and now I need to get busy and post some of my work.
Here’s the latest in the Painted Poetry series, and I have #5 nearing completion. I think.

Here’s the journey of this piece…
It started as a weak, unfinished watercolour about 25 years ago. I’ve been re-using a lot of my unfinished watercolours… I just don’t have the space to keep all the  stuff I’ve saved over the years.
I started this repurposed piece on March 24th, 2015 and finished it (if it IS finished) on January 23rd, 2016.
I had set it aside for quite awhile before I decided to change it up. Maybe I should have left it alone at the “lampshade” stage, but it didn’t have a focal point and the pigmented inks showing through bugged me…

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I painted over an old, unfinished watercolour painting with gesso.

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Then I fooled around for awhile with some brilliant pigmented inks.

I decided to cover it with a coat of gesso. It's VERY difficult to cover up these inks, they always bleed through. You will see that even after every step the wavy orange lines of the pigmented ink is visible in the final piece.

I decided to cover it with a coat of gesso. It’s VERY difficult to cover up these inks, they always bleed through. You will see that even after all these steps, the wavy orange lines of the pigmented ink is still visible in the final piece.

Going at it with acrylic paints. Mostly scraping the paint on with a credit card-like hotel key.

Laying down acrylic colour, mostly scraping the paint on with a credit card-like hotel key.

 

 

 

 

 

I loved how pliable and smooth the acrylics made the watercolour paper. I considered turning it into a lampshade.

I loved how pliable and smooth the acrylics made the watercolour paper. I considered turning it into a lampshade.

I had been working on Painted Poetry pieces and after setting this aside for awhile decided to turn it into one.

I had been working on Painted Poetry pieces, and after setting this aside for awhile, decided to turn it into one.

 

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And now the real fun begins!

 

 

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Final Version... for now.

The final version again… final for now. So far I’m resisting the urge to fill in the spaces between words with more characters, abstracting the poetry.

 

© deb davies thorkelson 2016

2 replies »

  1. Thanks for sharing the process! Fascinating and so creative. I do like the lampshade phase and idea. But I love the concept in the words. Of course there’s spiritual and inspirational meaning in it. But also, it makes me think of the dark void in space and the concept of “particles” of light in that darkness. We once had an air pump heating system in our home. Even when the outdoor temps were in the single digits (F), the outdoor pump could “find” heat particles in the air and somehow pump warm air into our home.
    As for adding letters – as I read that idea I immediately imagined them off kilter. I suppose it was simplistic imagery conveying that in finding the light there is order, while chaos reigns in the darkness.

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