Category Archives: Literary Influence

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox

6″ x  6″  Envy is a Green Eyed Fox is a shadowbox assemblage, in simple depiction of the Aesop fable The Fox and the Grapes. The background is oil pastel on watercolor paper, blended with linseed oil. The fox is ink and acrylic on heavy duty drawing paper. The bunch of grapes is an antique glass salt shaker.

Fox detail

Fox top view

The fable, printed on vintage paper, affixed to the top of the shadowbox. The piece can be hung on the wall of stands alone.

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox is part of a series of works I am doing on fables and fairy tales. By Heather Brush.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

SOLD! 10″ x 10″   Acts of Kindness is a collage on box canvas with found items,  depicting Aesop’s fable of The Lion and the Mouse.

A lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to eat him, when the mouse piteously entreated, saying:  “If you would spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The lion laughed and let him go.

It happened shortly after this that the lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth and set him free, exclaiming “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a mouse to con benefits on a lion.”

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Acts of Kindness

Detail of mouse (part of an antique metal wind up toy) on book cover.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness is part of a series I am doing on fables and fairy tales.

By Heather Brush.

Out to Sea

Out to Sea

14″ x 16″ framed.  Out to Sea is a collage on canvas, with acrylic, ink, fabric and antique children’s record. The record was found at a junk shop, a Golden Record, of Richard Lear’s nonsensical poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

Out to Sea detail

It begins:

“The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey,
and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.”

A love story, a bedtime tale, written for a three-year-old girl and published in 1871.

Out to Sea detail

By Heather Brush.

Poe-ish Notes

Poe-ish Notes

5 1/2″ x 8″  Poe-ish Notes are an example of my taking liberties with published works. Edgar Allen Poe deserves better than this but it was a fun exercise. I’ve taken some of Poe’s poems and edited them down to a few words. Images come to my mind and I incorporate them into the overall image. Using just one color helps me keep to the singular thought I try to portray. The materials are simple too: a book page, a marker, and cardstock.

Created and posted for day 10 of Art Every Day Month. I was inspired to try this art form by a book I reviewed some months ago, when I was the Books editor at The Roanoke Times. I recommended it then, and I recommend it now.  Austin Kleon’s “Newspaper Blackout”  is a collection of poems he created by blacking out the majority of newspaper pages. I figured if I started my poetry with the works of a great poet, I couldn’t go terribly wrong.  

By Heather Brush.

My Mother

To--

A Dream

Annabel Lee

Nevermore

Nevermore

8″ x 10″  Nevermore is an ink drawing on collage over canvas. The collage is comprised of pages of the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. By Heather Brush. Nevermore is available for sale at The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road, in Rocky Mount, VA. $35.

This piece was completed and posted for day 6 of Art Every Day Month, and in honor of Judit Cassidy whose memorial service we attended today, and whose daughter has become a part of our family.

Nevermore

Leaves Between the Lines

Leaves Between the Lines

24″ x 36″ Leaves Between the Lines is a mixed media collage. It is made of acrylic and spackle on canvas with tree trunks made of book covers and leaves made of book pages treated with linseed oil and acrylic, and finishing touches of metal leaves coated with bits of book page.  

Inspiration for this piece comes from looking out the back door of my studio where the forest behind is at eye level, being up a hill. The autumn colors fill the glass pane and demand attention. Being a literary chick, the materials for this work were easy to imagine. Leaves between the lines of tree trunks, made of lines on pages.

By Heather Brush. Leaves Between the Lines is available for sale, $65.

 

Leaves Between the Lines detail

Day 2 of the Art Every Day Month challenge.

Poe’s Raven

Poe's Raven

8″ x 10″ Poe’s Raven is an ink drawing on a collage of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven.” By Heather Brush. For sale $35.