I've been working on my 12x12 piece for the upcoming theme: identity. The reveal is June 1. We usually don't post our work until the reveal day, but I think I'll share. Avert your eyes if you prefer to be surprised.
The theme was challenging to me. I could go off in a thousand different directions. I could dig deep into my soul and try to define who I really am. (I really didn't want to bother with that.) So I decided to begin with my name and the story of Deborah in the bible. I've been using scripture as indirect inspiration quite a bit lately.
So, Deborah "held court under the palm" (Judges 4:5). Perfect, I love tree imagery. I can use that. Sisera will be "delivered into your hands" (Judges 4:7). Good, I can use the hand as a symbol. Plus, it fits nicely with the "identity" theme. There is also talk about the "hill country" in these verses.
So, I've got a bunch of disconnected images drawn from a pretty obscure reference for "identity." Is that ok? It's going to have to be.
I started with this.
The palm morphed into a kind of berry stalk. Artistic license. You can see that I began to add some reddish seed stitching in the sky section. There are some things I like about this piece and others I don't.
Then I did this.
Again, some parts are ok and others not-so-much. I've shared both pieces with lots of people and nearly everyone prefers one. I happen to prefer the other. Care to share your opinion? I'll probably finish both.
And while you're at it... I want to put something in the palm of the hand. Suggestions?