Thursday, April 8, 2010

Peacock Pair

Art in progress ©St. Hilaire Nelson
Speaking of peacocks in print publications (I do love alliteration) I should mention that Geri at Juxtapose Gallery in New Jersey sold two 20x24 peacock collages this month, and Asheville Grand Bohemian Gallery sold their 20x24 peacock collage in February. The Grand Bohemian Gallery in Orlando sold two of the 9x12 peacock heads from the series I worked on at the dance competition (see older post).

In light of this success, I'm working on more peacocks for my Asheville featured artist show (May 18-June 13) and workshop. I wanted them to be a pair, so I am working on them at the same time. I am taking the same paper and applying it back and forth to both pieces to create harmony between them.

I have always said that I do not work on more than one collage at a time and I don't really consider this to be an exception. I am really treating these two birds as one big piece (and believe me, I remember why I don't work bigger than 20x24, it's taking forever to complete these two!) I have them on the easel side by side. The heads and necks of the peacocks are still paint, I am working on the tail feathers and the background first. My intention is to leave some of the drippy paint at the bottom and the wood grain showing through on both collages, but I am never sure until I get there.

10 comments:

  1. You didn't mention how big they each were but I guess together they are bigger than 20x24 which sounds absolutely huge to me since I haven't ventured past 10x10!!!

    I am saving a georgeous photo that I have of a peacock for a "try it someday".

    Love these new ones!

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  2. Oh yes Sandy, they are each 24 wide by 20 tall. This is my favorite size to work in, but times TWO? crazy.

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  3. The close-up is beautiful!! Your talent amazes me.

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  4. Well thanks Diane! Yes, I should always remind folks to click for the closeup. much better detail. AND I did not take this photo with my phone, I actually dug out my camera. :)

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  5. Congratulations on the super sales. I expect that these two beauties will sell just as quickly. I love peacocks, too... and especially yours.

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  6. Prolific profits from peacocks!

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  7. " ... never sure till I get there."

    Isn't that true about open and honest moment to moment living? Your creative sparks come forth as you work with your mind .. the harmony is, I believe, thoughts or images with feelings. Creativity has no formula of expression! You go Elizabeth full speed ahead on creativity's open road -- destination not certain!

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  8. Judy loves alliteration as well! and ME, you are right, creativity is an open road and always changing and offering new twists and turns. Jo, thanks for the compliments on the peacocks, I'd love to see them sell as a pair, but who knows. these are the first ones I have done horizontal, all others have been vertical. I was out there working on them this morning at 6:30. I have finished the background and tails, now I am just starting my favorite part, the heads!

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  9. I just finished another collage using your technique and posted on my blog. I am really having fun with this! Thanks again for a lovely DVD.
    Elizabeth

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  10. Thanks Elizabeth, I just jotted over there and took a peek at your cupcake, it's fabulous!

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