A Little Trip to India…

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As a teenager I spent a couple of weeks exploring India and fell in love with the persistent beauty and vivid colors of the country.  Despite a considerable presence of poverty at that time, the people had a tenacious flair for color and design.  While I have not managed a return trip, my own love of color and design and pattern transport me back to this wonderfully exotic country from time to time.  This week I took a little trip to India in the form of a mixed media collage and paint on a wood cradled 18 x 24 inch panel.

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I began with a collage of napkins, an image of the Taj Mahal, and a print of a previous background, and then added layers of paint and paper and more paint.  In my dining room, I have painted the words of John 3:16 in many different languages, including Hindi.  So I copied my probably rather inaccurate copy into the piece.  I think it is such a beautiful language! To any of you who actually know Hindi, my apologies for any inaccuracies!

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The elephant is made of Citra Solv altered pages from a National Geographic magazine.  I love using these papers to create elephant hide!  So perfect and interesting!  I put a blanket on the elephant’s back made from sari scraps.

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The sky is created by pasting down strips of National Geographic pages and then treating with Citra Solv and my own hand cut stencil.  I added splashes and drips and more paper and paint.  I love how all the layers add depth to a piece.

Thanks for joining me on my little trip to India!

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