Thursday, August 30, 2012

PPF: The Reed in the Wind

The quote from Aesop's Fable "The Oak and the Reed" reads, "The little reed, bending to the face of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over." It's a mixed media work - background in acrylic paint over textured gesso. The feathers are drawn in ink and painted with acrylic paint. I added one real feather.  The house is made from a photograph I took of a torn paper background, and the door/flower is from a Czech postage stamp I purchased during our travels. This art journal page was inspired by the Ode to Nature class, which is encouraging participants this week to use our sketchbooks and field journals to make pieces of art in our own style.  I used these feather sketches as my jumping off point. Can you spot the real feather on the page?
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35 comments:

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Is the real feather the one over the sun???? hard top tell because they all look real... very cool effect... and I do like that collage effect also...xx

Kokopelli said...

Yes, hard to tell at first sight. Beautiful painting! Happy PPF!

Anne said...

Beautiful piece, something really wonderful about the composition and atmosphere, really touching!
Happy PPF!

Netty said...

great atmosphere in your mixed media piece of art. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

heart.hearth.home. said...

Love the colours and texture of this piece. You have captured the floating feathers perfectly.
So glad you now have Paul home again.
Irene

JO SOWERBY said...

it's the one on the sun. that fable is so apt for so many people at the moment, we all have to bend to weather the storms or else we break. that is what friends/family and everyone are there for, to help us through those times. i am wearing my team teal for that reason and for u too,
jo xxxxx

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Not easy to tell at first glance, but the one in front of the sun. My favourite is the one you've drawn just below it :o) A beautiful piece Rinda and such a fitting sentiment.
I've blogged a couple more Scavenger finds today x

Mary B said...

Great page love the ideas you have incorporated here.

Sian said...

I'm thinking the one on the sun too. But really it could be any of them. Clever!

Cheri said...

def. the one crossing the sun. The shadow is a dead giveaway!

Elizabeth said...

When I first glanced at this, I thought leaves were blowing in the wind and then I realized they were feathers. I guess I'm thinking about autumn a lot these days.

Melissa said...

This is lovely - I really like that you used a real feather!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Love this creation and the real feather on the sun ~ lovely ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Faye said...

What a delightful painting, Rinda! The use of the real feather is a bit of genius. Gorgeous colors too.

humel said...

Oh, my - what gorgeous feathers :) And a lovely piece altogether! x

Gloria said...

Hi Rinda. It's hard to tell which is the real father. Maybe the bigger one in front? Great job on this piece. Happy weekend to you.

Carolyn Dube said...

This is wonderful! I had to enlarge it to find the real feather- you've done a superb job here!!

Nora Clemens said...

I think is the one on the sun.. lovely work. Happy PPF

soulbrush said...

This is unusual and quite delightful. Happy PPF to you.

Missus Wookie said...

Bending not breaking is an important life skill. Cool use of the stamp as the door - it's a pretty stamp too.

Abi said...

Beautiful page as always Rinda. I thought all the feathers were real on first sight. Wonderful!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Wonderful job. I LOVE Feathers so this is great. I thought they were all real at first too. HPPF.

Irene said...

I too had to enlarge to find the real feather. Love the colors you used and how i can almost feel the wind blowing those feathers. Have a great holiday weekend.

Amy said...

Lovely, is it the one in front of the sun?

Connie Lutz said...

Love the color combination!

Alicia C said...

great touch putting the feather on the sun!! I'm not familiar with that fable - will hav eto look it up

Lynn Cohen said...

What a lovely combination of things to make this art. All the feathers look quite real, but I do believe either the one on the sun is the best drawn or it's the real thing! I love coming to see your creations!
HPPF.

Karen Smithey said...

I really had to look to spot the real feather--and feathers can be so difficult to draw/paint!

It was strange to see my postcard sitting there!

Ayala Art said...

Beautiful feathers! Hard to find the 3D feather, but I did ;o)

Natasha said...

It took a little while but I found the real feather!! Great job, so much personal meaning to you on this page, little bits of your collection.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Rinda,
This is absolutely amazing!!
I have got to take this class...just based on all your awesome work you've been posting from it!
After looking carefully, I could find the one actual feather. Clever!!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

carlarey said...

Fantastic journal page!

laurie said...

love the feathers!!! i am always so excited when i find a feather on the ground as if it is a sign or a gift. this is a beautiful page with many messages whispered.

Ginny said...

This is beautiful. I really love it!

Daniele Valois said...

nice page!!! cool feathers!