The Bolton Artisans Guild’s theme challenge this year was “water.”
I first considered creating a spirit messenger and then decided to create something different from my usual line of work. I knew I wanted to have words in my piece for the exhibit. So I asked a few people to send me a list of words that they thought of when they heard/read the word “water” for incorporation in the piece.
At first I thought I’d create a piece that resembled rippling water with concentric circles spreading across the surface. And then, while I was out on a walk, the idea came to me. As I walked past a neighbors house, I heard water flowing and there it was…a small water fall. Next thing I know, the idea popped into my head to have those words, the water words, flowing down a water fall. Intrigued with the flow of rolling water, up, over, and down, I tried to capture that same movement through the use of water related words as they flow over the canvas: up, over, and down.
And thus, Words Fall As So Water Falls came into being.
To create this piece, I started with a pre-stretched canvas, created the “rolling” water, covered the canvas in brown paper bag, applied gesso and several coats of acrylic paint in water-like colors.
The water words were printed on tissue paper and applied over the rolling water. Then this piece sat on my work table for a couple of days. I knew this piece needed something else to complete it but I wasn’t sure what exactly.
And once again on another walk while contemplating this piece the idea for mosaic tiles popped into my head. The tiles have images from Native American and Celtic cultures that represent water. The Spanish moss, raffia, and sticks represent life found around water.