Tag Archives: fable

Off the Wall

Off the Wall

11″ x 13″  Off the Wall is a mixed media assemblage on box canvas. Humpty Dumpty is suspended in time, just about to fall off the wall. He’s created from natural wood and gourd, and covered in tissue paper. The wall is constructed of lightweight spackle and acrylic. The clouds are created from antique angel hair.

Off the Wall

Off the Wall is part of my fairy tale and fable series. By Heather Brush. For sale.
 

Pandora’s Box

 
Pandora’s Box
12″ x 16″  Pandora’s Box as a mixed media assemblage on canvas. Greek mythology has always been a favorite of mine, but this particular myth is meaningful to me. Open the box, let all of the negative out, and what you have left is hope. It’s a good lesson.
 
The canvas was prepared with a coat of lightweight spackle to give it texture, then painted with acrylic in red and magenta. A black oil glaze was layered and followed by a matte varnish. The box was a found item, completely revamped. The chaos that is released from the box is created from glass bits, feather, material and wire.
 
 
Part of my series of fairy tales and fables, this is an older story that still holds truth today.
 
 
By Heather Brush. For Sale.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

9″ x 17″  Rapunzel is another work in my series of fairy tale and fable  pieces. Not quite an assemblage and not quite mixed media, it is a combination of both. Rapunzel is created from a china doll head with gold colored wire curls covering her crown and cascading down the tower. Below her is in the tower, adorned with metal ivy leaves and created with mixed media on a box canvas. I wonder what the Brothers Grimm would think of my version of their little miss.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Rapunzel from below

By Heather Brush. For sale.

One Kiss Frog Prince

One Kiss Frog Prince

11″ x 15″  One Kiss Frog Prince is an assemblage in my series of works depicting fairy tales and fables. I so enjoyed creating this one! The prince is created from bits of fiction (aren’t they all?), and washed in green acrylic.

One Kiss Frog Prince

The base for the piece is an old wooden box I’d found at a thrift store for $2. It was an oil paint set box. Lining the box are end papers from an old book of fairy tales. The princess is adorned with bits and pieces I pulled together. Blowing her one kiss to the frog prince, she remains slightly out of reach.

One Kiss Frog Prince

One Kiss Frog Prince

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

8″ x 15″  Hansel and Gretel is a shadowbox work of assemblage. The background is oil pastel blended with linseed oil. The rest is an assemblage of found and created items. The twisted tree is made of wire, the blackbirds are baked clay, and the witch’s house above is comprised of a wire house frame and bits of a Candyland game board.  Hansel and Gretel are a pair of antique dolls, previously packaged together as brother and sister.

Hansel and Gretel detail

Hansel and Gretel top view

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is part of a series of works I am doing, reflecting on fairy tales and fables. By Heather Brush. For sale.

Hansel and Gretel detail

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.