I juried into this group as a handmade paper and paper mosaic artist so this is the type of work that I needed to make. It felt good working with the heavily textured handmade paper again!
My idea on this theme was to highlight the plight of the Great Lakes with regard to the very invasive Asian Carp. These fish are expected to enter the Lakes via the Mississippi River and Illinois Canals. Currently there are "zappers" in the canals that are supposed to keep the fish from entering Lake Michigan through the Locks but it is inevitable that these fish, with their voracious appetites, will get into the Lakes and alter the ecosystems. These fish are just Waiting for the Opportunity.
Here's my progression over several days:
|Back to working with handmade paper again. Yeh! The fish are handmade paper fish glued onto a canvas. The chair that is supporting the canvas gives you an idea of scale.|
|A coat of tan paint went over the whole thing then I started to build the colors of the water.|
|Each fish received it's own color. My formerly bright and fun fish had to become rather dark and menacing. Asian Carp are not pretty fish! The white over the blue on the right is plaster.|
|Continuing to layer blue on blue on blue on blue. I used my fingers for about 90% of the water on this piece. Very little brush work involved.|
|The fish get a bit of highlighting with copper paint and the Lock is put in. The lock is more plaster so it is raised. Lots of dimension on this piece.|
|The Lock is painted copper as well.|
|OMG!! What happened?!? Stay tuned...|
PS. That is what they call a cliff hanger. :)