A little present left near my doorstep this morning reminds me that inspiration is everywhere.
I wonder if it’s from the breast of a hawk? There’s one that frequents the ravine that drives the crows nuts. It could be A red shouldered hawk, or a cooper’s hawk, both are found in our area.
Somebody lost a feather.
Did you know dipping has been all the rage lately? It’s done to sculpture, furniture, paintings & plates. This little feather I found on my lawn this morning reminds me of that trend, as though someone had dipped it into a pot of cadmium yellow.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
I adore what Italian Sculptor, Willy Verginer does with his beautifully carved wooden sculptures as seen here in this detail from Cecitá Voluta – linden, acrylic 2007. His bands of color and sometimes pattern invite the viewer a fresh perspective on the figure, it’s as though they exist on several different planes simultaneously.
Oliver Jeffers uses paint in another way, I believe his dipping has more to do with our relationship to representational painting and the very rudimentary nature of paint as a layer of pigment. His painting above is Without a Doubt Part 2 – oil on canvas dipped in enamel 2012.
Morgan Corbett in her blog, Art Actually, shows her process of refinishing a set of dining chairs in A Pop of Neon 2013. A playful take on design modernizes a traditional interior.
Daniel Kamp takes New Zealand stag antler, paints it and casts it in concrete as a decorative jewelry stand.
These earthenware plates from the UK dipped in glazed of various colors were sold through Anthropologie. I find the aesthetic of chosing to favor what may be considered a flaw very appealing.
All this to say that this little feather is reminding me of the power of a little surprise pop of color.