Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Mystic Rose

I dithered for so long and changed my mind so often because much of his work can be expressed in textiles.  Too much choice.  In the end I have gone for a piece that has hints of several pieces.

Mystic Rose
I read that Klee added lots of mythological symbols and numbers to some of his paintings.  I kept the bird but because of the format I had to limit the number of other symbols.
Flower Myth, Paul Klee
My version has the four triangles pointing inwards that you see in Ad Parnassum. It also has the coloured dots which are outlined in black (I couldn't resist having some of the dots)..
Ad Parnassum, Paul Klee
The trees are influenced by the simple shapes in The Red Bridge.
Die Rote Bruecke, Paul Klee
I have thoroughly enjoyed this first challenge in the new series.  The background is a beautiful hand-dye from South Africa.  The tree shapes are fused.  The dots are acrylic paint.  The bird was machine embroidered (my experiment with a mono print failed!).  The rose is a thermofax I already had with a bit of touch-up paint.  Grey texture is also a thermofax.

Hilary

14 comments:

  1. I like this very much, though I have a slight query with the rose you have used. It feels slightly too realistic compared with the other elements in the composition. Love all your dots and the triangular shapes look perfect for supporting the trees.

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    1. True, nothing much mystic about the rose... Now I look at it does look a bit incongruous. Maybe that's a bit of me in a Klee setting. H

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  2. I agree with Linda that the rose gave me pause. More Dali than Klee? But I think you have done a fine job of taking elements from various paintings and bringing them together. I particularly like the background. Is there a little grey paint applied to your hand-dye?

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  3. This piece should really be named 'Essence of Klee' because it's obvious that you have studied and captured the themes/elements that he frequently returns to.

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  4. If I had put your three choices in front of me to make one piece I think it would have done my head in! Well done on what you did as your final result was great and I love the bird. I also think the way you have pulled all the different elements together to make one piece is great. Love your background. Did you use grey paint?

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    1. Yes, the grey texture on the background is paint through the thermofax. I took a deep breath and cut into that wonderful red fabric I bought from Al at Kearnsney. H

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  5. A nice reflection of Klee's piece - and yes, the rose is a little surrealistic, but I think that just adds to your interpretation. And I like the texture that you added to the red - gives it more depth.

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  6. I didn't see this Klee piece in my initial searches and find it very interesting . You have managed cleverly to portray all the necessary elements so that the original is recognisable but the end result is different .I like it very much .R

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  7. Yes maybe the rose is a point in question but it brings us to where we are now. I knew the dots had to feature. Wanted to in mine but could not work out how. very clever.

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  8. Yes maybe the rose is a point in question but it brings us to where we are now. I knew the dots had to feature. Wanted to in mine but could not work out how. very clever.

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  9. Works well going from rectangle to square. I like what you have done.

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  10. Sometimes a central motif works like this one does with the use of symbols and the curiosity it draws to the subject. The dots really are delicious too!

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  11. Sometimes a central motif works like this one does with the use of symbols and the curiosity it draws to the subject. The dots really are delicious too!

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  12. I like the way you've included elements from several of Klee's paintings.

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