A Paltry Affair (Eastern Phoebe)

8 x 8 mixed media

My collage-y neurosis eventually gave way to this. I dunno about the framing elements, but I had a lot of fun with the phoebe, which is painted on wet-media acetate. It’s kind of a neat surface once you get used to it–I used Pitt pens for most of it, and since there’s very little adherence, I kept pushing the pigment around with the pens. So eventually I put the pens around and pulled out the needle tool I used on Sculpey years back (seriously, one of the most useful things you can have around the studio) and did a scratchboard style technique to across the bird’s back and to pick up the highlights on the branch. Really like the effect, and will probably fool with it again (and anyway, I bought a pad of a dozen sheets…)

Although now that I think of it, the bird’s tail should be a bit longer. It looks more like a flycatcher like this. Damnit.

Anyway, prints available, as usual, and the original is for sale–drop a line if interested, etc!

  • reply jayne ,

    hello šŸ™‚
    i was wondering how much you’re asking for the original, and how much to ship it to the uk.
    e-mail me?
    thanks,
    jayne.

    • reply Wolf Lahti ,

      Why is it impossible for artists to remember that things almost always work out? The panic of the blank page–or worse, getting stuck in the middle, sure that you are finally mired for life and forever–never seems to abate no matter how many times we’ve proven to ourselves and to the world that, yes, I can create something, virtually from nothing! I’ve done it before!

      But each new attempt seems qualitatively different than all the times before, and this time we are convinced we shall fail utterly.

      –As we were convinced every time before. And every time before, we were wrong.

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