View Full Version : Harlequin series

09-16-2014, 01:48 PM
I've got to do work for an exhibition Rags to Riches and wasn't sure on the angle I'd take. Then I remembered some work I did on Harlequin a few years back. I'd done some research on the Commedia del Arte and realised that it woul fit the theme :). I still have the two big canvasses, one still over the sofa. So I'm working on doing more of these. You can see the work here (http://vivienb.blogspot.co.uk/#uds-search-results).

This is one small one, about 6 ins square in an S&B sketchbook.


I may use thread, stitch, fabric, metallic inks and foil in some .... Anything goes :)

09-21-2014, 08:03 AM

And another small one, about 7 ins.

I added collaged tissue paper, hand made paper and foil and some stitching in gold thread. Also a shimmering gold ink.

Any thoughts?

09-21-2014, 09:41 AM
Oh these are striking! I don't even like abstracts and these are striking. Beautiful combinations of materials and sketching in various media. It just WORKS, both of them do. I think you've got the feel of the theme just right.

09-21-2014, 10:12 AM
Thanks Robert I value that. :). I'm at the stage with the idea where I really need feedback, reactions, thoughts.

Harlequin ended up with the diamond patterned costume as it evolved from the patched and frayed costumes of the travelling players. Under the candle stage lights they still caught the light with the illusion of glamour. Those are the thoughts behind these. Then just playing with layers, colours, marks and texture :)

09-26-2014, 01:32 PM

An A2 one in progress. Done with XL tinted charcoal and a little pastel.

09-28-2014, 07:14 PM
Stunning....I love the vibrant colour very much!

09-29-2014, 11:22 AM
Thanks :)

10-05-2014, 05:40 AM

And one done on the ipad

10-05-2014, 07:39 PM
love these pieces of yours. I just checked your blog quickly and will have to go back later. beautiful!

10-09-2014, 06:09 AM

and one done in ink to check out a new pen I was persuaded to buy by friends :) (Sailor Flude pen, the green one that has a curved nib) Lovely for getting a variety of marks out of one pen, very thin to very thick. I also used my Rotring pen a little. It's also my first experiment with Noodlers bullet proof ink - so far I like it.

11-04-2014, 09:12 AM
Lots more done and I've not been updating


ink and coloured pencil


mixed media

11-04-2014, 09:14 AM
and digital experiments ....



I think developing these ideas onto really big canvasses could be fun :)

11-04-2014, 06:22 PM
And another but in oil, acrylic and oil pastel, about 10x8 inches


I wanted it to look worn, aged, frayed, patched ... Layers of history

There is copper and gold in there