Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hail to the King

Hail to the King

7 1/2″  x 17 1/2″   Hail to the King is an assemblage piece in a series I find myself creating that utilize old books. Cover art  is often too interesting to hide with a book stored on a bookshelf. Here is a an older child’s version of King Arthur’s story. The book is framed using a wooden drawer from an art case. It is lined with a rubbing of a knight in armor.

Hail to the King

Rising from the pages of the book is a child’s toy sword, painted suitably for a king. Who doesn’t associate the pulling of the sword with Arthur?

Hail to the King

The thrown awaits his majesty but it sits empty, while the king, as depicted in the figure at the top of the piece, travels with his knights to battle. This piece can sit on a shelf, or hang on a wall.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

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Singing Praises

Singing Praises

7″ x 15″  Singing Praises is an assemblage piece that truly pulled itself together. All I did was make sure it stayed that way. The hymnal is very old and I love the patina of it. I was flipping through it to find a particular song to pull out and use when I found this slip of paper at the page I’ve used in the background. Look closely at it and you can make out the words “God be.” I envisioned a young child being kept quiet in a pew, her mother giving her the paper and a pencil to practice her writing.

Singing Praises

As I was composing the piece, I knew I needed something more, and wanted a pencil that would point out the image I had of the girl in the pew. I searched my studio and luckily found this Jesus Christ pencil. I’m not at all sure where it came from, but there it was. Still, I needed something more.

Singing Praises

I went to my favorite antique mall, where they know me all too well. While strolling down the last aisle, an all-for-one-price basket of rusty goodness in one hand, I spotted this cross. Even in this very religious area that I live in, this piece is kind of unique. I knew it was what I needed right away. So I brought it home, and finished “Singing Praises.”

By Heather Brush. For sale.