Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Look Deep

Look Deep (Left Half)
Ink, collage, acetate, mixed media, pablo pencil.
I'm fascinated by the tiny and complex beauty of many insects, and I use their images often in my artwork. Butterflies, moths, beetles and bees...I love them all!
The inspiration for this page comes from a wise and wonderful quotation from Albert Einstein - "Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better."
The beetle image is so striking that it only needed a simple frame to complement it. I inked over the text, then collaged a frame and mounted the beetle under acetate.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Deaths Head Moth

Death's Head Moth

Image printed onto page, collage, stamping, ink, pablo pencil.
Please don't mention Silence of the Lambs! It's a shame the association between this moth and that film is so strong, because it is a strange and fascinating creature. The unusual markings on the moth's body really do resemble a human skull, giving it a slightly mystical quality, which I have tried to reflect in the collage. I'm also feeling autumnal at the moment and enjoying the changing colours of the trees, so those seasonal colours and textures are featuring in my work.

Magenta Door

Magenta Door

Acrylic glaze, altered photo, collage, pablo pencil

I find the architecture in Brighton quite inspiring, particularly the grand seafront buildings. I took this photo because I loved the weathering on the doorway, as well as the patterns of the brickwork and tiles.

I altered the photo using Photoshop and carried the aqua/magenta colour scheme through the rest of the page using acrylic glaze and some red/pink collage elements.

Books and Bees

Books Bees (Left)
Collage, mixed media, pablo pencil
"Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind".
I love this notion of books as bees, spreading knowledge like a dusting of pollen, and I wanted to interpret the idea in this page.
I combined images of educational text and a honeycomb pattern, then added some embellishments and pencil detail.