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.
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.
This Washi Paper combination is one of my first combinations, and the papers in it were used to create the piece that was my first sale. It has special sentimental meaning for me.
The mosaic, completed in the Eclipse pattern, reminds me of a china plate, similar to what my grandmother would have had. I love the blending of the papers, the black, green, yellow, pink, white … each one smoothly blending with the paper next to it.
It also reminds me of the phrase “Black Forest”; what do you think?
“Sunrise,” 24 x 30″ framed and matted, was one of the first large pieces I completed. It was my featured piece in the 2011 Art at the Source Open Studio Preview Exhibit in June, 2011. It took more than nine hours of paper placement, and it was well worth the time. I was thrilled when I brushed the excess glitter from the piece as it came together exactly as I had envisioned. This color combination, moving from outer rings of black to red to yellow, finishingwith white, brings to mind the sun in its brightness, obscuring the dark. Completed in the Eclipse style, it is a dramatic explosion of color.
“Sunrise” sold in October, 2011, at the San Carlos Art and Wine fair to a very nice couple.