Well here it is folks, finished at last, I think so, ha ha. I've been back and forth titivating it up, a bit more red, no too much get rid of it. Filling in the empty spaces, it needs to look full. As usual, the photo's don't do it justice, it is a lot darker than it looks here. Measurements are 28.5 inches by 20.5 inches, so it's pretty big. I have put two separate wires across the back two inches apart and joined in the middle, to make it safe to hang. inspiration for this came from Ina Solsbery Check out her yoootooob channel, she makes some amazing artworks. This is her latest project.
The components are mainly plastic and metal, with a bit of wood. I like the tree bark dotted with tiny red gems.
I was aiming for a stark contrast between black, red, and gold. but somewhere along the journey I changed direction as it often happens.
I decided to make the black, not so black, and wafted different colours over it to give it a dusty and mucky finish. I now see this as an old piece of junk which has gathered dust for the last 50 years in an attic somewhere.
The last pieces I stuck on were the coins I had collected from some foreign travel many years ago. This gave me it's title. The discovery of something old combined with actual money makes it Hidden Treasure.
Pieces of kids plastic construction set.
Christmas tree lights stuck on a plastic lid.
I like the zips, taken apart and re modeled.
I normally say I am chuffed with how my art turns out, but this is something different. Am I allowed to say this is stunning. If I saw it in a gallery it would immediately jump out at me, I would be drawn towards having a closer look. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but that doesn't matter, I made it for me, made it because I wanted to, and now I am well chuffed.
I am sometimes a bit critical of other people's art, but that's usually because a few daubs of paint on a canvas says nothing to me. Very little effort has been put into that, and to put a high price on it seems ludicrous, but that's art I suppose. I will always be drawn to art where the artist has put a great deal of thought and effort into it.
Making this has been a long journey, and now I am happy to come to the end of it. My head needs a rest, I need a break from large things and will make something smaller. Also there is work to do in the garden, cleaning the house, and tarting up the outside toilet because I may have a visitor on Thursday. Weather permitting, for a social distancing party in the garden.
That's all for now. There are more blog posts in the pipeline, I'll catch you later. Toodle pip. ilona