I did not know where I was going when I put orange paint down as my first layer. I did not know where I was going when I added gelli papers over parts of the orange or when I used the petroleum jelly technique. The stenciling came next and an idea started sprouting. The background looked like what it must look like in the midst of these horrible fires. When the horse was added I needed something but I was not sure what. WORDS! Yes, words were needed.
This spread is a diptych and is in a round robin journal that is just starting (I have two beginning September 1). You can see a bit of the cover showing through the middle of the spread. The faint white line is the next spread behind this introductory one.
Wow - that sounds scary. Fire is so awe-inspiring but terrifying. The news can be very parochial at times - I didn't even know of the Washington State fires. I like the background to your piece particularly.
The fires are so horrible- your background is so much like the burning the continues after the flames .
Great spread, John. I love how you start off not knowing where the piece is going. I do the same. I get the most delight from the process. So sorry about all of the fires!
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