Two for One

Baby Robins

Whenever I am printing deconstructed silkscreens, I can always count on at least two good, but different prints.  They are my fraternal twin prints! I usually select one to develop first and then tuck the other one away for later inspiration.  The second-born print will become part of another concept, usually with other other ‘in limbo’ art. (I have a basement full of this type!)

The print above of these three baby robins was inspired by a photo that our daughter, Colleen, had taken.  The nest was precariously balanced under our neighbor’s porch. Eventually this artwork made it’s way to my brother-in-law’s home in Ohio, (about 10 years ago.)

Recently I pulled out it’s un-identical twin ( I know this is an oxymoron) and combined it with another print in a mixed media artwork.  Below is the evolution of this new work.

First I auditioned a number of deconstructed silkscreen prints and planned some design strategies.

This little robin had also been a twin.

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Above is the twin of the baby robins print!

Below is my art journal for planning.

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Now the final is composition ready to assemble.

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The canvas was stained with bronze acrylic paint.  Then rice paper was collaged with matte medium.

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Each layer was attached the same way.

Nice squiggle of matte medium below. (Too bad I had to smooth it out!)

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Below the finished artwork, “Circle of Life!”

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Two twin prints come to life as two different artworks.

 

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