courage my love ~ mixed media collage, 6X12 inches
"Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." ~Hans Christian Andersen
'courage my love' is a bit of a tribute to my Scottish heritage ~ the thistle is Scotland's national flower. Somewhat defiant, a thistle will return if even a part of its roots is left intact. A thistle also symbolizes bravery and courage.
Materials: Molding paste and a sandy gel provide a solid and highly textured foundation for this piece. Dyed gauze inspires thoughts of nests, while lilac Japanese papers add delicate contrast to the rock-like texture. A mysterious woman's handwriting on vintage paper contains the words "under the sun."
The substrate is a wood panel consisting of a 3 mm birch surface cradled on a 1.5" thickness gallery wood frame. Signed on reverse. The sides are painted black so it’s ready to hang (no framing required) or to display on a shelf, bureau, piano, etc. This piece is finished with a matte varnish to ensure protection against fading, discolouration, and moisture. Avoid placing all artwork in direct sunlight.
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