Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Thank you

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my 'Door' piece. Here is my second page based on the ironwork used in the flooring of the glasshouses at Luton Hoo.
'Layers'
Click on the picture for a real close--up view
This is a many layered montage based on my photographs and a few images downloaded from the internet related to the history of the estate. I started by transferring images of the ironwork from these photographs using the method I describe here. These are the photographs I used, once again just printed onto standard copy paper.

 

When I had finished covering the background I distressed it with acrylic ink and paint. I wanted to convey the idea of layers of history and had lots of images I downloaded from the web, but finally just selected a jewel from the Wernher collection and a portrait of Lady Alice plus some photographs of a racing car, WW1 home guard on parade in the park and some Land Girls. As these images may be copyright I have altered them and hopefully made them 'mine'. I was going to just lay them on top of the grid, but some how it wasn't what I wanted, so printed out a sheet of the lefthand photgraph and cut out all the holes with a craft knife leaving the leaf - I did the same with the circle pattern on the right hand picture and a couple of leaves. Placing the cut out grid on top gave me the look I wanted and I had to stick the 'photos' down carefully so some of the faces peeped through.

I then worked with more paint and ink and bits of cut-out grid to build up the composition. I finally added a border of bramble as it is growing everywhere.
 

I am pleased with this piece as it more of an 'art piece' rather than just an adapted photograph. It also has the 3D layered feel I was aiming for. I feel as if I am really finding my creative voice after many years of searching, and thank you for sharing this journey with me.


15 comments:

AeFondKis said...

Hi Jill thanks for visiting my blog and pointing out my error on Lucienne Day blog!
In utter haste that day! I like your post above and am fascinated by layers and what is behind doors or windows, beautiful images above creating mystery and atmosphere!
Linda

marigold jam said...

Brilliant! I am not artistic but I can appreciate your voice shining thtough this piece - I am more than happy to share the journey with you and look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

Jane

helena said...

superb final piece. i adore the building up of the layers and the way you make something that is oftern ignored, like the ironwork, the star.

Menopausal musing said...

Such lovely, lovely work. It's great when a piece comes together, isn't it? :O)

Ticking stripes said...

Just fabulous Jill. Can't wait to see more...

Lizzie said...

This is just wonderful! You're certainly getting to grips with this technique and making such a great job of it too. Love the layers and the feeling of a little bit of mystery...
Fab page, Jill. I want to see the next one now please?

Bernice said...

Wow these pages are wonderful

Amelia said...

lovely work, I too enjoy layers, history, ageing, techniques that portray an interesting surface. I am beginning to do more of this in some of my current work . . . but only slowly, as I get into it!

Amelia.x

JP said...

just WOW

Amelia said...

hi again

thanks for your comment on my last post. Very strange, but I was just thinking I hadn't included light and was decided whether to put it in, and then I got your comment and decided to add it!

Thank you.

Amelia.x

Anonymous said...

your journal is fabulous,thanks for the "how to" on transfer thchniques,will let you know how I get on!

Kate said...

This is clearly a lot of work but the results are stunning. Do you have any idea what you'll do with it when it's finished?

VKT said...

I am still teaching after thirty-four years but hope to one day pick up my sketchbook again.

MILLY said...

The door project and this one have wonderful aging and textured qualities. Really interesting work.

Sandra Hall said...

Jill, this is stunning. Your Walled Garden book will be a treasure to behold and well thumbed I am sure!