Sunday, 12 October 2008

Sunday Postcard Art - Men


My background sort of evolved as I went along. It started as a piece of canvas with layers of gesso, newspaper (car advertisements of course for men) and gel medium. The blocks, a kind of homage to Mondrian, are coloured with Tinkerbella inks which, being acrylic show the brush strokes form the layer below which I like, and black embossing. The transfer is in fact Gene Kelly as Pierrot from one of the dance vignettes in the movie Circus in which the Gene Kelly Pierrot longs for the beautiful dancer from the circus who is in love with an acrobat, leaving Pierrot in great pain and anguish and I really liked that contrast of stark form to the background and soft pain of the image it sort of seemed to reflect the contradiction many men face where they are expected to be "strong" and not "emotional" in the way in which they engage with the world.

16 comments:

Kreativgeschwafel said...

really fantastic!!!

Stempelchaotin said...

Oh wow very impressive.
Awesome card.

herminesplace said...

Gorgeous card!

Seeking Simplicity said...

I love how this card turned out. It's pretty awesome.

Ozstuff said...

I love the blocks of colour and I am so impressed that you painted it with REAL paints (I only do digital!). This is a beautiful work and it would look great on any wall. Fantastic stuff.

Astrid Maclean said...

Fantastic background. Never used those inks, must check them out. The tranfer is brilliant too, very very effective!

Ed said...

Moira, I need your help please. Tell me how to leave a comment on Trudie's blog - I don't understand the language I'm afraid, and I must keep getting something wrong. After I type my comment I click on
verzenden - is this correct?

Kris Dickinson said...

What a great idea for the challenge! Super postcard!

Heather Robinson said...

Step aside Mondrian!! What a fantastic background that just suits this mime fellow so beautifully!

Donna said...

Wow, fabulous colours, amazing postcard!!!

Mary-Beth said...

I love this piece!! Your background i stunning and just suits Pierrot. I love Gene Kelly but I think I saw that movie only once, it was too sad for me to watch if I remember right.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wow = great postcard; really enjoyed reading about your creative process and the thought behind it all :)

Carole said...

Great card. I've never seen that movie.

Mandy C said...

great

Maria Slovakova said...

this one is so wonderful!!!

Sally said...

Love your thought process for this one. The outcome is great. Love the way you can see through the layers.