" There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. " -Edith Wharton
Sometimes there is an absence of inspiration. I think we've all been there. On the other hand, there are those times when you go on .........I.O. or what I'm calling "inspiration overload". You've seen and heard and felt so many things that inspire you to CREATE SOMETHING....hallelujah!!!!....raise your hands up and shout, hallelujah!...and then WHAM.......which direction are you going to take?
The pieces I've been playing with the last few days are a combination of many things, some of which are the copper drawing and carving I've been doing , seeing the work that Seth Apter has been working on ( taking found objects and creating amazingly beautiful simple compositions), the holiday windows I mentioned in my last post and their beautiful monochromatic color scheme and texture, the paper I bought at New York Central Art Supply, the heavy acrylic gel medium I started using in a Michael Demeng workshop and I could go on but I won't because I know people do not read long blog posts.
Here is a very abbreviated version of the process. Cut a piece of copper to size. I used a 6"x 6".
Start attaching. I used eyelets, brads, hole punchers copper wire and glue.
This one turned into a face. .......duh!
Draw and emboss into the copper using the shapes of the items you attached as inspiration for the design. I then paint heavily with a dark color onto the copper, let it partially dry and then wipe it off carefully leaving paint in the creases.