20X24" Mixed Media on Canvas
The story behind this piece starts with an antique wallpaper sample book with a history. My grandfather, who worked in a lumberyard in Oregon City, brought home an outdated wallpaper sample book for my mother, a young girl at the time, to use for creative activities. She liked taking photographs and needed an album to keep them in, so she glued the photos to the pages of the sample book.
It started with squares of the patterned wallpaper collaged onto canvas. The paper is completely covered and protected with acrylic medium and quite durable. I glazed layers of paint over the this background, then painted little accent marks and the birds.
The words "All Life is An Experiment. (The more experiments you make the better.)" a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, were added.
This piece and three paintings from my "Media Pear Series" are available for purchase during the "Emergence: Signs of Awakening" February through March at Howden Art in Oregon City OR.
Update: 3-15-09 Purchased by a collector through Howden Art.