Our first challenge was from Photographer Mario Cerroni.
The image as metaphor. This image is part of a series that examines the inevitability of impermanence within nature, and within our own lives. Throughout the series, specimens of plants and flowers were collected, arranged on a scanner bed, and scanned. Eventually the objects age and wither. There is an inherent beauty present at every stage. The delicacy of the blooms evokes that delicate balance between life and death, and all the stages in between.
The artists were given the Black & White version to be inspired from. Here is the original.
The work depicted here is a cyanotype print on watercolor 140lb (300g) paper.
"Inevitability of Impermanence", 14”h x 11”w, cyanotype on 140lb watercolour paper, $250.00 unframed / signed original print
"Dreams of Mother"
12”h x 12”w, mixed media mosaic including Japanese and tissue papers, stained glass, Italian smalti, Lake Ontario seaglass and Thames River mudlarked pottery
The ethereal quality of Mario’s floral cyanotype collage brought me to happy thoughts of my mother and her love of flowers. She was a strong, intelligent, passionate person which I hoped to convey with the pink flower.
“At a glance”
20"h x 14"w, acrylic on paper
Mario’s inspiration interpreted as flowers at a glance.
12"h x 9"w, graphite pencil on rice paper, Stabilo Woody crayons, mounted on a birch wood cradled panel
$200, unframed, varnished sides, ready to hang
This art challenge from photographer Mario Cerroni, gave me the opportunity to try out some new materials. This floral piece is created with Stabilo Woody crayons, graphite pencil and plenty of water on the textured side of rice paper. The unpredictability of the media enhanced my depiction of nature's "personality".
40"h x 30"w, acrylic on canvas
$1200, unframed, ready to hang
When I saw Mario’s inspiration piece I felt instant excitement.
It felt so great to be collaborating with everyone. COVID has made it difficult for artists to do anything together.
I worked in layers, layers of colours and strokes, bold marks and soft words. Oscar Peterson’s Jazz was playing that day -total exuberance!
10"h x 10"w, free motion embroidery
$500, unframed, ready to hang
Free motion machine embroidery on water soluble fabric. Layers of embroidery sewn on water soluble fabric and then the fabric is washed away leaving the sewn image. Very interesting to interpret the photograph using embroidery.
18"h x 18"w, wet felted woolen fibers
When nature is examined at close range, it has layers of beauty that can't be seen from a distance.