I’ve been quiet lately on the posting news front as well as new blog posts. This is mostly in part because I started a project that I expected to take no more than a week and that snowballed into a bigger job than I thought it was going to be. I decided to do a bit of virtual house keeping, and no doubt some of you have noticed a few changes on this website, with new additions and tweaks here and there. Unfortunately I am still not finished. But you can expect a new blog addition to this website in the next few weeks focusing on my fabric design. Hopefully I shall be finished with the majority of my virtual house keeping by the end of the next two weeks, unless more things pop up that I hadn’t thought of.
One of the changes I wanted to make was a featured image for my news page. It’s been my to-do list for a long while. I kept changing my mind as to an appropriate image. I finally a month or two ago settled on an idea and instead of changing my mind it stuck. Simple to the point and with meaning.
What imagery could convey news you ask? That’s pretty much what I was struggling with for a long time too. But then whilst I was looking through my floriography dictionary, I came across the entry for iris flowers, blue ones to be exact. A beautiful flower that I not only loved enough to consider for my wedding bouquet (unfortunately they didn’t happen due to the florist couldn’t find any at his supplier that morning of good enough quality, though my bouquet was still beautiful none the less) but also in my favorite colour.
The symbology made sense. It also made sense to call on my floriography inkblot artwork for another element of my website seen as I already had incorporated the medium and style for my logo. It was decided, hopefully no more changing of my mind.
So this posts artwork is a floriography inkblot piece on the blue iris. I call it “Good News Iris” for the floriography meaning of blue iris flowers which is good news.. Inspiration was it’s meaning and intended purpose.
I used blue finger paint and green food dye dissolved in water to create to create the inkblots on watercolour paper stock as I was at the time making salt and watercolour art with my daughter S and that’s the paint mediums we were using for that. Which just goes to show you don’t need to use professional mediums to make something look good, and weird experimentation’s can result in some beautiful outcomes. Over the inkblots I drew by hand the Iris details, first in pencil and secondly in gold oil based sharpie pen. Then finished it off with gold gel pen for the hand written floriography and my two signatures.
And this is the final piece.
So there you have it…. my new news page icon. Now don’t forget to check out my news feed page for babble, I mean good news from me between posts. Now it has a featured image there’s no excuse to miss the page.
As I always do with most of my art I shall be making “Good News iris” available in my POD stores, should you wish to own your own piece of good news. Just follow anyone of my various store links to check whats available.