Saturday, August 04, 2007

Meet Rachel - A Woman


This is Rachel. This piece has been sitting on my desk for months. My inner self was at war, try for the simple, understated minimalist look, or add, add, add - my usual style. In the end I let my muse have it's way and my head and my heart met in the middle. The skirt with its variety of circles within circles mirrors life and talks of all that is hidden under clothing. The simple torso (an old pair of pliers forms the heart shaped body) and brings the eye to the spark plug - which has the word champion showing through the rust. People are wonderful; women are heroes; so few realise it.
Some of the washers were built up with wonderful layers of rust, others were worn to paper thin layers and then there were the new. Thank you to Michael deMeng for teaching me to make paint layers look like rust (in the wonderful class I took in March). I left one segment open at the back of Rachel's skirt just so I could slide a small candle in should I wish.
The name you ask? She needed a name, and as I glued and painted and layered I thought of the women of Avonlea, of Anne of Green Gables, and the way the shoulders sit had me thinking about the character Rachel ...
It is a blissful to be in the middle of a sunny winter's weekend, enjoy yours -wherever you are.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome Rachel!!!!!

Julie she is truly beautiful - thanks for sharing.
Enjoy the weekend.
Kel

Doreen G said...

Very clever Julie you are creating some lovely work.

kelsey said...

How wonderfully rusty & bitsy this piece is Julie! Love the form and contrast between the hourglass shape of a woman, but the hard metal of it's structure.

Natalie B said...

This is AwEsOme Julie!! I just love the whole look of this... I wish I had been at Michael's class now, just simply to learn this paint wash technique that I've heard so much about.... honestly this is just fabulous and will look wonderful with a tea light candle inside. Big hugs

MeganPickwell said...

She is gorgeous Julie, I love her name, I played Rachel in the play Anne of Green Gables way back at school!.
What wonderful words on people and women - your art has such thought attached to it.
Mx

Ro Bruhn said...

I love Rachel, Julie, just fantastic and the fact that you can add a candle sounds great, she would really glow.
Ro
xo

Me said...

I like her a great deal...hm I need to finish...

I love how you came up with her name. :) Wonderful.

Steph said...

Rachel is beautiful!

Holly Stinnett said...

Fantastic piece, Julie. Michael has been so inspiring to you, hasn't he? He is quite wonderful... his ideas, layering, everything! Rachel is very cool!

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Jen Crossley said...

Julie this is a awesome piece you know how I love the site of rust.
Rachel rocks
Jen

Dot said...

Rachel is fabulous Julie!!! You are so clever. I wouldn't know where to start with assemblage but you are such a natural.
I can just imagine Rachel all lit up from the inside (just like you are my dear friend).

Dotee xoxo

One Crabapple said...

Rachel is wonderful !

I just love her !

And putting a candle (her light) inside was such a beautiful idea. Perfect Touch !

And yes I remember Rachel Lynde.
You make me want to watch AOGG all over again.