I usually work on two (or more) things simultaneously. I just can’t help myself.
The first one (from the left) is a vision of Slavic goddess of beauty and love Lada (just a part of the unfinished drawing), and the second one is a vision of a fairy-like being connected to an Iris. I love Irises (besides that I love flowers and plants in general), and of course, I have these in my garden. My intention was to capture the feeling of glittering yellow-golden quality of the blossom and glowing skin of the angel (or fairy) reflecting it.
I knew that the yellow would be a challenge, not to mention the fact, that the skin of the blossom has shimmering particles on its surface. I know I should work on my ability to draw and paint flowers to look more vivid… and that maybe oil would be a more appropriate medium for the subject. In this process, I let myself experimenting with mixing of different media, not only colered pencils and chalk – I try new ways of blending pencils, layering of different media, washable wax pencil… I am trying to learn not to cling to result, to release the process. And I fell in love with colored pencils. It’s a clean job compared with oils, and one can quit instantly without cleaning of brushes, workplace, etc., and continue without mixing a new batch of paints. Which is really appreciated when one has more than one job and children.
Fascination: huge bronze monument
Last week I head my way past the statue, so I took a couple of snaps and promised myself that I would come back to it. It’s an allegorical Art Nouveau statue by Stanislav Sucharda to great Czech historian and politician František Palacký in Prague. It symbolizes oppression and awakening of the Czech nation. We Czechs do know what kind of oppression is meant by that two-headed winged creature. But I perceive the heavy wing in my way. I am fascinated by the material and postures of the figures. I used to pass by this statue daily going to work I didn’t enjoy (mostly) and I was thinking about incorporating these impressions into some of my future works. So I printed the photo of a part of the wing, cut out and tried to combine it with a sketch. I made another sketch of alternative figure and I am planning to make more until I’m satisfied.
To have wings, but as if made of bronze, feeling stuck…
Fascinace: bronzové sochy na pomníku Františku Palackému od Stanislava Suchardy v Praze
Asi tušíme, co symbolizuje ta dvouhlavá okřídlená stvůra. Mě fascinuje ten materiál a vypjatá gesta postav. A to těžké bronzové křídlo. Promlouvá ke mně po svém (nebo spíše po mém). Jezdívala jsem okolo do práce, která mě nebavila (většinou) a slibovala si, že tyto dojmy zahrnu do nějaké své budoucí tvorby. Minulý týden jsem jela kolem, tak jsem si udělala pár rychlých snímků. Křídlo jsem vytiskla, vystřihla a zkusila zkombinovat se skicou postavy v malém skicáři. Naskicovala jsem ještě alternativní postavu. Plánuju udělat ještě další, dokud nebudu spokojená.
Mít křídla, ale jako by byla z bronzu, cítit se zaseknutá…