Dragonflies shows a lot more contrast than its cousin Meander (14×18″) does, with less subtle transitions from the dark black with gold Kanji outer layer to the lighter blue dragonflies washi paper closer to the center. I enjoy the way the dragonflies are highlighted; it is both soothing to view from a distance and whimsical to examine up close, whether the dragonflies are more evident. This “Eclipse” style is meant to pull the eye, as well as one’s awareness, inward, to mesmorize and to invite the viewer to linger.
Small Tribe, and its big brother Tribal (11×14) popped into my head one day, fully formed, crying out to be created and begging for black glitter. This piece was completed with only two patterned black, gold and white Washi Papers as opposed to the usual five to seven. The two papers are very nearly the same pattern, with the colors reversed. As one of the few pieces boasting black glitter, it is simple and yet powerful.
Blossoms is named for the cluster of blossoms found at its center. I used only four washi papers on this piece, highlighting the salmon colors. When I complete a piece in my “Eclipse,” I feel almost compelled to finish the center with solid white. This piece stands apart from most with its washi paper of salmon and a sprinkling of white blossoms. As with other “Eclipse” pieces, I long to pull the viewers’ gaze and awareness inward, to mesmorize and to invite the eyes to linger.