Life through a marble series
Acrylic & Watercolour paint, with permanent marker.
Although my theme is ‘Life Through A Marble’ I went off a little on a tangent with this one…
I found some old mountboard in my Dad’s attic, from the days that he used to be a picture framer… and one of those mountboards had a perfectly cut round (marble shape) in it. I took it and decided that one way or another I would use it.
Then it got me thinking…. What if that was the only view you could see, yet there was so much more going on?
I decided that this would be my inspiration.
Using the hole as a template, I drew a cartoon style earth… and around that earth I drew destruction, despair, damage, and death.
Ice melts, trees dying, pollution, plastic in oceans, overuse of fossil fuel.
I showed the earth heating up and therefore melting.
Animals crying, flowers dying…. What have we done?
I painted the earth in bright metallic acrylic paint, with a shimmer so it looks vibrant and exciting. Then I painted the background in water colours, quite washed out, so it looks drab and dull and lifeless.
I edged it all in a marker pen for a cartoon like quality.
I drew features on the earth so it either looked happy or sad, depending which way you viewed it.
Then I added the question…
“Can YOU see the bigger picture?”
Once the mountboard was flipped over then you saw a ‘sad face’ earth.
Then once you remove the black mountboard from the top, you see the whole picture….