It all started with that Greek ancient looking figurehead and a heart. It sat for days waiting for me to feel inspired to continue. What was I to do with those two pieces? What direction should I take?
By the third day, I reached for a resin off white plaque featuring an ancient building that was now in pieces. I had taken a hammer to it a few months earlier to give me broken chunks of that building. I just knew those 3D bits would work well in future Assemblage pieces. So, I added the resin building chunk and let the piece sit again for a few days as I worked on other Assemblage canvases. Now and then I’d glance at it and carry over another embellishment or two to add to its growing idea stack.
This is how art grows in my studio. Rarely do I just sit down and start a piece knowing where it will go. Instead, I first plan my color scheme and then create the textured background. Next, I choose the focal point which sometimes takes me days (now you can see why I usually work on four or five art pieces at a time). In this piece, the focal point is actually three pieces – the figurehead, heart, and building. Once I’ve selected the focal point, I start searching my multiple embellishment boards and sectioned boxes of assemblage elements for those items I think would work well with the growing theme in my head.
Finally – when I did start the actual assembling of this piece, it flowed easily. I worked and worked – caught up in the creating but not knowing exactly where it would end up. It was almost like it had a bit of an aura that drew me to create in a specific manner. When I felt it was almost completed, I searched for the final element and saw the REMNANTS charm hanging on one of my embellishment boards and knew it was a perfect finishing touch.
And now for the official description…
Inspired by the combination of a centuries old figurehead and a scrap of an ancient building, I dove into this 3D Assemblage wall art on canvas not really knowing where it would end up. The stunning result has a bit of an ancient feel all over and it’s filled with found objects, both vintage and new. The “REMNANTS” word charm seemed to be the perfect finishing touch.
I chose a blend of light violet and light blue mixed with gray tones for the foundation and then started adding complimentary colors as the layers of elements increased. My Assemblage Art is best described as “original 3D collage on canvas”. It does have a mixed media vibe as well but its many elements place it firmly in the Assemblage category.
Measuring 12.0″ x 9.0″ with a depth of 1.875″, the background is textured with stenciled modeling paste and finished off with a number of paints, spritzes, and metallic waxes.
Vintage found objects include:
Brass flowers and leaves
Rectangle metal piece
Jewelry – earrings, beads, and base pieces for building jewelry
Filigreed and Ivy embellishments
Wood half rounds
Decorative hors d’oeuvres forks
Resin piece of ancient structure
Newer elements include quote charm, metal embellishments, resin figurehead, filagreed rounds, beaded bracelet piece, wings, bark, filigreed heart, flower cabochons, and styrofoam heart.
Original article updated Nov, 2017 to include current status – SOLD
Dimensions: 12.0” height x 9.0” wide x 1.875″ deep
Hangers are attached and, while I prefer the no-frame look, this is ready for framing. This piece will also display nicely on an easel.
All art pieces sold at Art Creations by Vicky are the work of artist Vicky Hensley and are one of a kind.