first started December 2014. Not being satisfied with it, I set it aside for a few months. In June 2015, I brought it back out. I added more Lion masks. Obviously not enough change because loving it still alluded me. Just to confirm my opinion, I entered it in a Juried Show - it was not juried in. Thereby confirming, I was not the only one feeling nothing from this painting. Back to the closet the painting went. I'd think about it every so often. I actually decided I would paint over it and re-use the canvas.
Then into my head came Lion Fish. Why not? Not all lions are of the feline variety. I drew some Lion Fish with my awesome colored pencils and collaged them on my L.E.O. painting.
Mary Delany happened to be watching as the petal of a geranium fell onto the
dark surface of a table. Nearby was a bit of paper of a similar color.
Inspired, she began her first collage. “I have invented a new way of imitating
flowers,” she explained. And she continued to do so, mixing pigments,
dissecting plants and occasionally adding parts of them to her compositions,
ultimately cutting and gluing together tens of thousands of “the tiniest dots,
squiggles, scoops, moons, slivers, islands and loops of brightly colored
succeeded in creating a new art form, an early form of collage, and by the time
of her death at 87 (in 1788), had managed to produce 985 examples of her paper
In the late 18th century, Mary Delany created nearly a
thousand breathtakingly beautiful and intricate paper “mosaicks” of flowers.
Glued onto black backgrounds, they were not only stunning but also botanically
precise. Today the collages reside in the British Museum.
This biography reads like a Jane Austen novel, describing in
great poetic detail, 18th-century English life. In addition to Delany's biography, the author, Molly
Peacock, includes her own life’s story
and what inspired her to write this book.
As an artist who uses collage as one of my mediums, I
wanted to read about the first documented use of paper collage. The historical
part of the story was move than I bargained for, I wanted more artsy stuff, but I did read the entire book. All in all, it was an inspiring story.
The book was packed with beautiful reproductions of Mary's collages.