Friday, November 7, 2014

"The Boyscouts"

I started this piece a while ago, back and forth on the design wall. It just returned from a show I was part of at the NC Arboretum. I've always liked the piece, just one of those things where it got lost in the shuffle of other projects.
The subject matter is near and dear to my heart as it's photos of my Uncle Ted and my dad (his brother) in scout uniforms. The photos were layered on top of a rock wall and blended together in Photoshop Elements. The effect is subtle and you have to look hard to see the imagery of the boys. My uncle is in the top right corner, my dad in the lower left about 1/3 from the left side.

You can see it better  in this picture.
I did some screening along the top using discharge paste and felt I needed to break up the black area since the piece was dark to begin with.
I also added some tree branches at bottom left for more interest along with writing from my mother's autograph book.

 I started layering it but realized it needed more and also to be a little larger.
 I found this wonderful glitzy like cotton fabric with a very obvious weave which I thought would work...
and it did but it still needed more.
I tend to use and like darker colors on the edge to "contain" the piece and black seemed to work. I use all kinds of fabric as I'm after effect. Silk noil which is a heavier and nubby silk is what I used here. 
 I also added a more obvious face in the top to give it a more haunting look...
 and lots of glitzy thread along with monofilament.

And the finished piece which measures 17 1/2" x 20"H. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please email me privately.


  1. This is an amazing piece!!!! Wonderful!!!!!!

    1. Thank you's sentimental to me because of the pictures of my dad and uncle as children

  2. This is wonderful - so atmospheric. And thank you for sharing your design thoughts too, it's always interesting to read details of how someone works.