Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP Fantasy Tree with Nude, "Keeper of the Sphere"

Keeper of the Sphere  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  7" x 7"

I can't believe I've finally gotten this work finished! I really enjoyed all the aspects in creating this work, but for whatever reason it just seemed to take forever to finish!   As I said in my last post, I am happy with the way the graphite forest, tree and figure turned out.

The above image is from the back side of the film where I've decided to add the Triquetra symbol to the corners to repeat the theme of the central sphere.  The color is done with colored pencil.

After coloring the back of the film, I returned to the front side and added acrylic paint to the sphere and trinity knot symbols.  I've also added highlights on the sphere and her eyes.  I used interference violet on the knots, the circle's outer ring, and the Triquetra in the sphere.  It was not a sunny day yesterday so the first photo above is quite dark.  I was so unhappy with the results that I decided not to publish this yet and instead hope for better light the next day.

Keeper of the Sphere  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film  7" x 7"

Well, I'm happy to say even though it still wasn't very bright this morning, I had much better results in taking the above photo.  There was such a difference between the two I decided to show both to compare. 

I am still thinking of a title.  Some times the work needs to rest and with any luck, it will manifest it's own name.  I want to go with the Neopagan meaning of Triquetra as the three stages of the goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone) or the interconnected parts of our existence (Mind, Body, and Soul).  I like the spiritual, mystical feel of this work which is intentional.  I plan on entering it in a show with the title/theme, ICON.  I think the show will have a very open interpretation with many interesting submissions.  I'm not sure if this work will fit, however, I still want to take a chance on submitting.  Besides, using the show as a challenge gave me an excuse to continue doing work with the female figure in the forest series which I am having so much fun with!  The show isn't until September so it will be a while before I find out anything.  When I do, I'll be sure to announce it here!  In the meantime, it's time to get busy creating miniatures for all the fall deadlines!!

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer and are staying cool! Thanks for taking the time to read about my work.


Jane said...

Looks wonderful Barbara--I just love the peaceful, mystical feel

Dors said...

Stunning Stunning Stunning. It's so beautiful and I love how you have also painted the symbol in the sphere.

I am sure it will be a great success in the show. Best Wishes.

AutumnLeaves said...

When I clicked on the final image with the good light, I was amazed at just how delicate and beautiful this piece truly is. Of course, I am loving the color you've added, especially within the graphite piece itself. You are creating magic, Barb. I love it!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks, Janie, Dors and Sherry. You all are so kind!! I'm happy that you get a mystical, magical feel with this work. It's always good to know what you want to convey was successful!

Wendy Mould said...

I really enjoyed this piece. It has such a calming effect and yet says so much. Lovely muted colours and so full of feelings. Good luck on the show.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Wendy!

DEB said...

Barbara, I just spoke with our friend Dors. She is making her way here fom CA and I get to see her in a few weeks! I do wish it were possible for you to come to VA too.... Wouldnt that be fun, to have two of my favorite pencil artists here togethet for the day!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks Deb, what a sweet thing to say! It would be great to meet you and Dors. I know you and she will have a great time! I'll be thinking of all ya'll. Hope to see some photos!! : )