I was as fascinated as Kerri with this concept and it made me take a hard look at my art of the pass, present and future. Over a year ago my symbolic alphabet would have been defined by book board, waxed linen thread, signatures, and bindings creating both beautiful traditional and wildly whimsical books. Recently I have focused on developing my art by participating in internet forums such as Illustration Friday and participating in artistic swaps. It is my equivalent of “going to school” executing weekly “assignments”. I’ve given my current symbolic alphabet a lot of thought and here it is.
My current work revolves around:
- Amadeo Modigliani heads
- Glyps and spirit helpers
- Wise-@$$ ponies & resourceful poodles
My palette includes:
- Fluorescent lime green & bright purple
- Neon orange & shocking pink
- Gold, bronze, copper, green & purple Pearlex
- Bronze, copper & olive Lumiere metallic paints
My materials of choice are mainly:
- Canvas, watercolor paper and polymer clay
- Claudine Helmuth background techniques
- Japanese Yuzen, fine Italian, and reptile-skin-patterned papers
- Embellishments of feathers, fibers, beads and sparkly crystals
My symbology is a merger of:
- Native American cave art
- Egyptian hieroglyphs
- Tarot cards
- Alien worlds/Stargate
- Warner Bros cartoons
These all enable me to convey my ideas and humor into images for all.
So there you have it. I’m certain it will evolve month by month. Go figure out your symbolic alphabet - you will have fun and perhaps find it harder than you think - shifting this way and that as you try to put your finger on the elusive creature!