Saturday, 23 March 2013
Draped quilt and background mostly done. Still life bit set up.
Below: Setting up a still life for the table top.
The plastic bag in the photo obviously won't be there!! It's standing in for a skull. Skulls are a universal symbol of death. There will be a clock and possibly a burnt candle. All these things will mark the length and passing of life.
The ostrich egg, is an object from distant lands - somewhat rare I suppose? It's a symbol of wealth but also of birth and fertility.
The books represent human knowledge. My sketchbook is there of course, as is a Germain Greer. The piece is about menopause so I felt "The Change" had earned a place!
The fabric is an expensive commercial piece. That and the teapot and cup and saucer represent life's luxuries and indulgencies.
There is a trug with flowers. Not sure which ones to put in yet. Research shows that sunflowers stand for faithfulness, divine love, and devotion.
The pearls are for femininity and the tablets for ageing and control.
There's also an electric hand held fan. I expect you can work out the symbolism of that one yourself!!
For this portrait I'm starting off by using some stencils and stamps to make a background. I especially like the stencil with the jumble...
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