Friday, 7 November 2008
This is the block (approximately ATC sized) that I made for our challenge over on Awfully Big Art Adventure.
I gave the wooden block a couple of coats of gesso to give me a smooth surface to work on, then painted the block with Crackle paint in frayed burlap. To make the panels I used an art paper onto which I printed architectural drawings, adding a gothic looking stamped edge.
Both the angels are photos found on the internet which I cut out, and all the writing is computer generated. The text is from a Paul Simon song "You can call me Al".
I'm a long-standing fan of Paul Simon whose lyrics are often beautiful, though frequently obscure. The line "he sees angels in the architecture" always spoke to me of something understood however - the soaring gothic of our English (and European) cathedrals has always made me think that if you looked up to the heights of the roof and spires, you might expect to see angels gathered there looking down. I've wanted to do a piece about that for some time and now I have - although I've got a much larger triptych that I also want to use in a way that celebrates my theological beliefs, so might expand this idea.
Shan't be posting this weekend as we're going back up to our old haunts of the Lake District, where we used to live until 2 years ago. It will be strange, possibly even spooky, going back but the chance of a weekend to ourselves is so rare (MIL lives with us) that we jumped at the opportunity. See you next week!