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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.

Spilled Ink

Spilled Ink

4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″  Spilled Ink is an assemblage. Newsprint covers a wooden box while a brown antique glass ink jar spills ink directly toward the viewer. The ink is created from velvet, strips of newsprint, beads and string. Words clipped from my local paper demonstrate how the written word is a tool and paintbrush for journalists. I chose the title upon reflecting upon my time working in a newsroom where I witnessed and participated in the bloodletting that is, at times, writing news. It is a fast paced profession, beating deadlines, attacking last minute breaking news, giving the reader what they need and want, all while being precise and direct. This piece is made with all of my journalist friends in mind. Ink is in their blood, and lungs.

Spilled Ink

Spilled Ink

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Ink Poured

Ink, Poured

5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″  Ink, Poured is an assemblage. Charles Dickens has likely never been used so, but his words (among others’) cover the outside of a wooden box, and are found amidst the ink pouring from a purple antique ink jar. The inside of the box is plastered with blank page bits from the same antique book (not a complete Dickens work, but an anthology of segments from great works of fiction). Paying tribute to those authors who pour ink onto blank canvas and create wonder. The ink is created of beads, velvet, lines from the book and string.

Ink, Poured detail

Ink, Poured

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Silvery Moon

Silvery Moon

14″ x 22″  Silvery Moon is an assemblage. Using an antique clock base, I wanted to have something dramatic and beautiful, worthy of the old timepiece housing. What is not more worthy than a silvery moon caught in a tree? The moon is a found object. It is metal and hollow, and I would love to know what its original purpose was. The tree was created with 16 gauge wire. The “ground” is black velvet, with lyrical quote, “by the light of the silvery moon” in wire script.

Silvery Moon detail

Silvery Moon

Silvery Moon can stand freely or be hung on a wall. By Heather Brush. For sale.

Buddha’s Hand

Buddha's Hand

11″ x 11″  Buddha’s Hand is an assemblage. The background is comprised of an antique image in gold ink. Buddha’s face is drawn with pencil on vellum and painted in gold on the back – my favorite of the many depictions of Buddha’s image. The gold wire hand to the left of the face is a mudra – a symbolic gesture.

“The thumb and index finger of the right hand stand for wisdom and method combined. The other three raised fingers symbolize the teaching of the Buddhist doctrine, which leads sentient beings to the paths of the beings of three capacities who follow the combined path of method and wisdom.” http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/mudras.htm

 
 

Buddha's Hand detail

 

 
 

Buddha's Hand detail

 

Created and posted for day 23 of Art Every Day Month, by Heather Brush. For sale $50.00

Joker’s House of Cards

Joker's House of Cards

10″ x 6″  Joker’s House of Cards is a shrine type assemblage. The crafted fool’s wand takes center stage, depicting the dangers of the wild card Joker.

fool's wand detail

A neverending ring of cards frames the joker’s image – a version of which I have always been unnerved by.

Joker detail

Antique cookie cutters of the suits adorn the piece and act as icon above the doorway. This joker relates himself to the Jack of Diamonds – an indication of his greed. The outside walls and stack of cards above are adorned and comprised of diamond knaves.

Joker's House of Cards side view

By Heather Brush. Joker’s House of Cards is available for sale at The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road, in Rocky Mount, VA. $35.

Created and posted for day 8 of Art Every Day Month.