Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tablets of the Divine

mono rust prints on paper ,beeswax, damar resin on cradled board 18"x18"x1,1/2"
It has been 100 years since the first of the "Tablets of the Divine Plan" was penned by 'Abdul-'Baha'. This piece was created in celebration.

a rusted gear used to make the center of the Sun, which shines through the book(tablet)


In this photo two layers of prints and encaustic medium have been painted on.




The third print and wax layer.


The fourth print... a written tablet with the sun prints shining through.

I am contemplating incising writing into the rusted lines of the tablet,but for now I'm leaving it as is. Also still deciding on which side is up, favoring the above photo at the moment. I would love to hear your thought on this!

"The Suffering" (see previous post)  and  Tablets of the Divine" were created for my art project for The Wilmette Institute course on "The Bahai Faith and the Arts".  To  learn more about Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith you can go to http://www.bahai.org , or ask me:)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Suffering


"Though the fierce winds of the hatred of the wicked doers blew and beat on this Lamp, He was, at no time, in His love for Thy beauty, hindered from shedding the fragrance of His light. As the transgressions committed against Thee waxed greater and greater, my eagerness to reveal Thy Cause correspondingly increased, and as the tribulations deepened—and to this Thy glory beareth me witness—a fuller measure of Thy sovereignty and of Thy power was vouchsafed by me unto Thy creatures."  Baha'u'llah , 'Prayers And Mediatations'

oils, beeswax, resin, mono rust prints on paper, pastels on cradled board 18'x18'x1,1/2"



These found chains , used to create the prints,were most likely used on a tractor by a farmer, the weight of them not nearly as much as the "galling weight" of the Qara"-Guhar
'His feet were placed in stocks, and around His neck were fastened the Gara'-Guhar chains, infamous throughout Persia for their galling weight."  Nabil's Narrative, 'The Dawnbreakers'


I made several prints of the chains on paper and choose the circular pattern. The chain is a symbol of Baha'u'llah's suffering, the circular pattern is symbolic of the prophetic cycle of which Baha'u'llah fulfilled . 

"A Revelation, hailed as the promise and crowning glory of past ages and centuries, as the consummation of all the Dispensations within the Adamic Cycle, inaugurating an era of at least a thousand years’ duration, and a cycle destined to last no less than five thousand centuries, signalizing the end of the Prophetic Era and the beginning of the Era of Fulfillment, unsurpassed alike in the duration of its Author’s ministry and the fecundity and splendor of His mission—such a Revelation was, as already noted, born amidst the darkness of a subterranean dungeon in Ṭihrán—an abominable pit that had once served as a reservoir of water for one of the public baths of the city. "  Shoghi Effendi, 'God Passes By'


In the piece the entrance to the Síyáh-Chál ( named "the Black Pit") is painted with black beeswax and resin then rubbed with rust dust.

"The Siyah- Chal, into which Baha'u'llah was thrown, originally a reservoir of water for one of the public baths of Tihran, was a subterranean dungeon in which criminals of the worst type were wont to be confined. The darkness, the filth, and the character of the prisoners, combined to make of that pestilential dungeon the most abominable place to which human beings could be condemned."  Nabil , 'The Dawn Breakers'

The window in the upper right hand side of the piece is the window in the prison city of Akka, where the pilgrims after months of travel were allowed to see glimpses of Baha'u'llah's Face. It is a symbol of hope.

"The few pilgrims who, despite the ban that had been so rigidly imposed, managed to reach the gates of the Prison—some of whom had journeyed the entire distance from Persia on foot—had to content themselves with a fleeting glimpse of the face of the Prisoner, as they stood, beyond the second moat, facing the window of His Prison. " Shoghi Effendi, 'God Passes By'
Printing the words "chain" and "prisoner".

In "The Suffering" I have place the words "chains" and" Prisoner"mirroring each other, symbolic of the Twin Manifestation of God , The Bab and Baha'u'llah both of whom were imprisoned and placed in chains for Proclaiming their Faiths.

Creating this piece was heart wrenching for me, because of the subject. It was also challenging to use  symbolism in my art.  Many times I wanted to walk away from the piece, so heavy was my heart, but could not leave it unresolved. 
I started with the rust printing and then collaged  the prints with encaustic medium (bees wax and resin). There are many layers (at least 4) which give the piece a sense of depth, although, difficult to see in photos. Other encaustic painting technics such as incision rubbing  and scrapping are use to finish the piece.

"The Suffering"  and "The Tablet's of the Divine" (see next blog post) were created for my art project for The Wilmette Institute course on "The Bahai Faith and the Arts". To  learn more about Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith you can go to http://www.bahai.org , or ask me:)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Vintage Find,Linoleum Cutters


Over the years I have found these goodies at garage sales.  The packet of linoleum squares the latest find, enticed me to give it a go.


I love the packaging.....I guess in this is from the 40's?



My first print on a rust print, I like!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Teaching the Next Generation



I am passing on the sewing skills  to my granddaughter, doing my part to carrying on the craft. I hope she gets as much joy out of sewing as I have (thanks Mom).



Her bag came out lovely. The jelly beans got us through the oops!


We had enough left over material for me to recover my kitchen chairs, bonus!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Free Hand Embordiery


I discovered "free hand embroidery" on Yelli Kelli and just had to do it for my grandkids, fun x3!


The "l" is a baseball bat...did my best, room for improvement. I've since realized I should have added a football...Charlie's new love.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Vintage Finds


I bought the this hitch for the washers to use in my print making but really love the "ball"! I've gotta think of a way to use it....or maybe it will just look pretty.


 I instantly fell in love with the red capped bottles. I'd been looking for an old ink well to put my walnut ink in for the work table, and thought these would work even better. When I went to purchase them the owner insisted I buy the blue capped bottle which matched them and was hidden in the"back". It has since become my favorite and as you can see is the one housing the ink. The other two had seeds being saved in them so I decided their fate was already sealed.....I will try to grow the seeds though, to continue the story:)

Needles a necessity of life!

This rug scissor I found several years ago, but have been using it alot lately. It always brings me joy, such a beautifully made object. It is 14inches long and fits into my hand like a glove and is sharp!
Something I working on at the moment.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Botantical Garden Inspiration




I love love all the patterns, textures, color,and designs in nature. The Botanical Gardens are a store house of inspiration, not to mention the lovely warm, moist air which allows you to breathe deep and take it all in! In any cold climate it is a must to see on a regular basis. 



reflection in a black pool


Sunken Garden at Marjorie Mcneely Conservatory, como park