What’s the bigger picture?

1 May
About a month ago, I read an article in the Yukon News describing an art project run by the Dawson Arts Society in Dawson City, Yukon.  A great big mural was designed on plywood — drawn, but not painted or filled in.  Then it was cut up into about 400 pieces, each about 20cm x 20cm.  The pieces were sent out to different artists (professional and amateur alike) to be decorated.  All any one artist could see were some black lines (and some didn’t even have those!) along with some cryptic markings denoting the colour code.  It sounded like such a neat project, I had to get involved.  So I e-mailed the Art Society and requested a piece.  Then I told Michael about it and he wanted to do one, too.  So we each got a piece.
One puzzle piece turned out to be made up of shades of brown, while the other one was multi-coloured but full of small patches.  Since Michael is the better artist, I figured he could do something funky with the shades of brown, while I would just do something simple with the small spaces I had to work with.  As you might have seen from his blog, Michael did a great job on his puzzle piece.  He used watercolours to paint his design, then glued the painting to the wooden puzzle piece.  I had lots of different ideas for my piece, from using beads or sequins, to collage, to using Polyfilla.  I finally settled on plain old acrylic paint, though, when I finally got my idea. 
Fortunately for me, Brianna across the street is a budding young artist and had some paints to lend me.  I was quite thrilled with the colour selection when I started going through her box of paints.  She even had fluorescent yellow, gold, silver, and an iridescent white reminiscent of opals.  What a playground!
I decided to do a Chinese character on my puzzle piece.  Initially, I figured I would do the character for "fire" because it’s part of my Chinese name and I like the look of it.  But then I thought that for a northern art project, "ice" would be much more appropriate.  I like the way the final product turned out.  The fun part is that the two little marks done in green to the left of the character are what turn it into "ice".  If you ignore those two marks, which is easy to do because the greens somehow blend in, then the character means "water".
Art is fun — AND educational!


2 Responses to “What’s the bigger picture?”

  1. Nemmy May 5, 2007 at 2:14 pm #

    Fawn – that is absolutely BRILLIANT!! I LOVE it!!

  2. Fawn May 5, 2007 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanks, Nemmy!

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