Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Peafowl, New Work



Plumage
20x20, collage of hand made and found papers on panel
Here is a piece I finished at 1:00am this morning. I am sending it up to the Juxtapose Gallery in Westfield, NJ. They don't know it's coming! I figured Gerri has been selling my work so well that I'd try sending her something a little different.

Being that Art Nouveau is my very favorite art movement, it is probably appropriate that the image of a peacock was my very first tattoo, and remains one of my favorite color palettes today. When I was in college, I created a huge pastel of a full peacock with Cyndi Lauper's head on it. So you can see this has been a long running theme for me!

Let me know what you think of this latest feathered fowl, which is similar but different from my workin the rooster series.

9 comments:

  1. Cheryl, you must be my biggest fan! Thanks so much. Your kind words always make me smile.

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  2. Elizabeth,

    This is exquisite.

    I love it.

    Do you draw the figure and fill it in from there or are the processes concurrent?

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  3. Another truely amazing piece.
    Yes...I love it. My first reaction...a "gasp"! :)
    Always love seeing your new ones!

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  4. Thanks for your compliment on my blog! My process is actually featured in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine November/December issue. I sketch on unprimed wood panel first, then I paint the image very loose, for color palette and painterly effects. After the paint dries, I get out my glue and with a brush I adhere paper over the top of the paint. On this one, the golden background in the top right and down, is still paint, I decided to leave that, but the entire peacock and some of the golden background are all paper, the paint has been totally covered up. I use the underpainting much like a pastel artist starts on colored paper, so no white shows through! But I have found that I get really nice painterly effects with the paper when I am trying to emulate the paint strokes that I put on first!

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  5. They will be jumping for joy! Spectacular!

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  6. Thanks for the in-depth answer to my question. I don't have the latest issue, but I hung a subscription form up on the bulletin as a hint for Christmas, so I am hoping to have all the issues next year.

    That is if I don't just get coal. *-)

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  7. OH, this is amazingly beautiful!

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  8. Just phenomenal--what colors! I love how you did the little bits on top of his crown! I've never seen collages like yours--they are amazing, intriguing and all beautiful!

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