"Lavish Grace" - mixed media on cradled hardwood, 16" x 20". Ready to hang. Available on Artfinder.
A two-fer Monday in the studio after a weekend spent holed up with paints and pooch. There is incredible joy and freedom in unscheduled hours stretching ahead and behind, freeing my mind for wandering instead of worrying about the time.
"Lady Elaine" is the next finished piece from last week's whimsical demo. This one pulls at my heartstrings...her wistful look, her space-bun hair, that slight frown. She is misunderstood, this one. Much like the song which inspired the title of this piece. "Lay Lady Lay" by Bob Dylan is often misheard as "Lady Elaine", including in my own head for several decades. It doesn't matter how many times I correct the lyric in my mind. I still hear it the wrong way.
The second piece, "Lavish Grace", was inspired by a quote from another book. This one from Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle (recommended to me by a fabulous local artist) in the chapter Cosmos from Chaos.
The artist, if he is not to forget how to listen, must retain the vision which includes angels and dragons and unicorns and all the lovely creatures which our world would put in a box marked Children Only.
Indeed. This quote, an email conversation about the magical power of fairies and unlimited painting time brought an angelic girl named Grace to the studio. Her dress is rice paper over printed paper. Her wings are acrylic paint over water-based inks. The background is white gesso mixed with acrylic over a gold gesso underpainting. Richness and simplicity all in one sweet face. The studio has been much calmer since she arrived. I suppose the menagerie feels her quiet sweetness and decided to tone it down a notch.
And now, start your Monday with a little Dylan, complete with the satisfying crackle of vinyl.