I totally didn’t know these were cyclamens, when I took this photo. I was just like, “hey! Weird! Cool! I gotta photograph this!”
Anyhow, this is the source photo (of the “inside-out flowers”) that I was trying to use for my Ashe piece, a few weeks ago, now.
I do have an initial try to capture this piece, but I really don’t feel that it does the composition justice. My line drawing and placement of the flowers was really strong, but I just didn’t have enough time to work in all the detail that I think I would have needed to, in order to make the image stronger.
Also, when I was speaking about this in class, I confused Yemaya (an Orisha) with Erzulie (a Loa). The former goddess comes from Yoruba religion; the latter, from Voodoo.
So…this photo really seems, to me, to conjure up some feeling that I relate to my interpretation of Erzulie. However, I don’t know enough about Voodoo or its origins to be able to claim that Ashe (a Yoruba concept) is a concept which applies, here. I really should have looked up Yemaya and made sure that what I was thinking was the case, actually was. Instead, I ran off of familiarity and forgot entirely about the fact that I’d been researching Voodoo at some point, and you can see in a few places on this blog, how my memory can kind of run and mash things together. 🙂
Since I keep talking about this composition…I figured I’d let you all know what I was talking about. Now that I see the image another time, I am thinking that maybe this is an image which would really lend itself to watercolor pencil and watercolor, possibly with gouache on top. Or, a heavy use of colored pencil, with burnishing. But, if I’m adding water to it, it needs to be done on Watercolor paper, not Bristol — and I need to figure out how I’d work all those little pine needles and stems in there, if I would at all.
I do have some masking fluid which may be of use, but I’ve never used it, and to be frank, it got a little intimidating after I read of the possibility of latex sensitization due to using liquid latex. Apparently, the fumes can do something, and I like not reacting to latex gloves — though they’re being used less and less now, in favor of nitrile and some sort of plastic. The masking fluid I got is supposed to be “hypoallergenic,” but I really…am not sure I can trust that.
I’m thinking of practicing with this, on small paper. My last attempt was huge, and I think that with this piece, delicate + complex + huge just really made for a lot of work. Work, which I didn’t have time to finish.
But hey — if I do this small, I very well can make a long, vertical composition…and if I use colored pencil, I won’t have to worry about how to preserve detail…