Bright Sparks

Late November 2016 found me up late, night after night, anticipating the start of my next print run.  This was when I was also building up my presence on Facebook, at fb.me/niftyscissors. I love working in Facebook; It gives potential buyers a chance to see what I’m working on on a day-to-day basis and chat to me as I go about my business. It’s also a great place for buyers to share their own photos. It’s cosy…

Above: penguins2. I created this piece in a (snow) flurry of activity, much earlier this year. Without any thoughts for the final product, the dimensions did not sit well with the 4×6″ card format. The art left a large white space at the top which, which it suggested the desolate isolation of the frozen tundra, didn’t really work in a festive greeting card…
So I decided – after some conversation with buyers – to add a star at top left. It lends the piece (and the penguins) a sense of direction. To me, the penguins look a little like the Wise Men on their long trek across a similarly inhospitable (but much colder) landscape. And as you can see, the little penguin in the middle at the back is the most observant. The other birds have yet to cotton on to the presence of a heavenly power.  I love the notion that this small chap is a leader, an imaginative creature, a spark as bright as the star that has caught his eye, a radiant and compassionate spirit.

 

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