Friday, December 14, 2007

More robe painting and Fayoum shrouds

Fayoum shroud
Using my ochre's from France I painted a bit on the robe y'day. I dont know if I like it. Too geometric. But I often think this when in process. When I glanced at it this morning the paint had time to settle in and it seemed okay. However it is VERY different from what my little brain had THOUGHT it was going to be like.
Here I laid some spirals on top to see if I liked them. They would not be these colors, I had made them for another purpose but just wanted to try out the circular shapes to contrast with the rectangles.

After all the time spent looking for shroud pictures on the internet, I opened a folder and found an article I'd ripped out of a magazine on the Fayoum portraits. There depicted was a shroud. Most of the depictions we see are just of the facial portraits. I didn't realize there were entire cloths painted in ochres depicting full figures.

I don't plan to do a realistic portrait on this robe. But something about seeing this shroud inspired me in some way I can't articulate. Even though in the end my robe may be entirely different from what it looks like now. Thank you for bearing with me through this slow process.

8 comments:

ANDREA said...

I like looking at the process. And the way you put the ocres onto the paper makes these spaces look like fragments, which remind me the fragments of the beautiful Fayoum shroud even if your "fragments" are more geometrical. But then they fit into the whole, I guess.
Andrea

Cris in Oregon said...

I forget who said this to me. But just put on the paint and see where it takes you. Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect it. It is looking good to me. I have been drawing and coloring and slowly getting my first chair drawing done from the pictures my Friend sent me. Art is a process.. it takes time. But thanks for showing us a bit of what you are doing along the way. Makes me feel ok about taking so much time to develop something.

human being said...

Hi dear Suki.. this robe seems so spiritual, especially because of the geometrical shapes ... just maybe if the spirals were smaller -- as big as the one in the middle --it would be more harmonious... this is just my feeling... a cheeky snoopy I am!!!

And thank you so much for all the kind words and the vision you give me through them...
I've tanslated what I told you I had written about bridges(the new post in my blog).
You said you see yourself as a bridge for others. And doubted if this viewpoint is ego-centered.It is not... all of us can be bridges...
I've talked about the same thing and portrayed a selfless bridge.
I'll be glad to know about your view on that.

I found this link presenting various sites on Persian literature especially poetry.
Hope you like it:
http://www.easypersian.com/persian/New/Persian_poetry.htm

human being said...

Like cris I'm so happy you show us the process of the development of your art work....
I learn much ...and experience much ...

sukipoet said...

Thank you Andrea, Cris and human being for your reflections on my robe process. Andrea, I like the idea that the robe might be fragmented in some way and may even leave it this larger shape with uneven edges.

Cris I like what you say about just putting on the paint and seeing where it takes you. That way I don't have to think and use my logical mind but can just let go and flow. I have always been slow with my art projects which is why I dont make much money with them. i can't do lots and lots of them.

human being. Interesting you see the robe as spiritual because of the geometrical shapes. I agree that spirals should be the smaller size if I use them.

I look forward to reading your blog translation of your bridges post. Thanks for doing that. And for the link to Persian poetry. I will check it out. Be well and creative all. Suki

human being said...

Dearest Suki, Hi again... i read all your insightful words here and there in my blog...the discussion on 'bridges' was really good as it is the metaphor of our own being, as all friends here mentioned it... I do agree when you say you are spiritual .. you see through things... and the reason why i felt the robe is spiritual is that the more we move toward abstraction(geometrical shapes), the more our spirits are going to talk! Your choices were unconscious,though. Since you are an artist, surely they are mostly a matter of intuition rather than logical deduction...
And this makes all the beauty here: participating in a spiritual experience ... even affecting it ...
You are a selfless artist for you let us have this role...to share ... to move forward...
Thanks for all the good things you give us.

Have a nice time...

Lynn said...

This art piece is evolving...what a process. The squares and rectangles are intriguing. Well you know what they remind ME of!
And spirals to change the flow?
Can't wait to see how it comes along.I like the colors too. I am blending them in my mind with the big pictures in the upper portion of your post. Have fun with this Suki...yes, the right side of the brain is the one you want to awaken here. (see what I am learning in my art classes? ;-)

sukipoet said...

Wow. thank you human being. YOu speak so well and with such nuance. I am pretty intuitive in the way I do my artwork rather than logical. But that has been a hard won road to allow myself to let the intuition have supremicy to the logic. I was brought up in a science/logic oriented family and so for many years there was a sort of war within between logica and intuition. Although I do believe they interplay with each other, I know i am happier to flow with things rather than to reason them out.

That's a very interesting comment you made about the more we move toward abstraction the more our spirits will talk. I will ponder that. It is a new idea out there for me to ruminate on. Thank you.

Hi Lynn. Yeah for the right side of the brain. Thanks for your reflections and for putting your art process out there for us to see .