Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Homage ll

11"x11", unfinished, gold leaf, gold thread, embroidery, assorted beads, suede, silk, solar  prints.
The life and work of the ancient scribe fascinates me. The practice of botanical illustrations all the way back to Egyptian times also fascinates me. Add together with my love of biblical archeology and the line-up for exploring subjects is endless. This piece of the first of a homage to the everyday celebration of harvesting well loved fruit. This first being the "fig". Today it is still a beloved fruit in Turkey as well as surrounding countries.
My first experience of meeting the fig was visiting the yard of our Portuguese neighbors. Their yard was large with a massive palm tree and in the back portion was a small square yard surrounded by hedges. In the center was my first glimpse of a Fig tree loaded with fruit with overripe fruit on the dirt below. I had never tasted a fig and was encouraged by the grandmother to try and when I did and smiled...well...I found myself returning home with a generous bag full of the beautiful black/purple fruit!! No English words necessary just smiles and a  generous heart!
Pomegranate might be my next fruit to compliment this piece.
Solar printing is slow going. Some fault in the hours of sunshine, some in my limited photo shop skills and some due to my son visiting. I'll regroup and begin again!

6 comments:

  1. What a lovely piece! I adore figs, too.

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    1. Thank you Connie, I was trying for jewel colors!

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  2. Beautiful vibrant colors of life and growth! Love this fruit of your labor!

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    1. Sharmon, Thank you...actually had extended company so I had little spurts of working time...a little gold here, a little jewel here there everywhere!

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  3. The pomegranate will be the perfect fruit to compliment this beautiful piece Mary Ann.

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    1. Robyn, Thank you...now I'm elbow deep in red. Love pomegranates!

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