Sunday, November 26, 2017

Transcriptions #24: Prayer Book

Prayer Book 24" x 24"
Transcriptions #24


Prayer: Includes prayers from the
first 23 paintings in this series


Although this is number 24 in the series, it actually was the first painting and the inspiration for what has become the Transcriptions Series. Four years ago, while I was focused on gratitude and creating and promoting The Gratitude Habit journal, I had an idea for a new series which would include books on canvas.

Originally, I painted a 24" x 24" canvas and began to play with placing a handmade book against the background. I got as far as painting the book and sewing it onto the canvas. It has been hanging in the studio ever since, waiting for me to be ready to complete it.



Transcriptions #24
Closeup



Finally, after completing 23 Transcriptions, I was able to continue developing this canvas. I started slowly by scattering the letters of the Ancient Phoenician alphabet throughout the surface, in pencil. Little by little, I placed the prayers and mantras used in all the prior paintings within the book and around the canvas.


Transcriptions #24
Closeup


I spent more time on this painting than any of the others in the series. A four year intermission between beginning the painting and completion was not ideal for promoting a flow. A lot has happened during that time frame. I am not the same and neither is my process. So, once I was ready to get back to it, I took my time to complete it. In fact, at several stages I thought it might be finished, yet, I kept going back to rework one or more areas. By the time the painting was finally completed, many of the prayers were covered with layers of paint and became much more subtle in the way they can be seen.


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