On Display April 2014 Northeast Harbor Library Art Show
Spring 2013 found me crafting a piece for The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory's show: "Art Meets Science." I found an Albert Einstein quote appropriate: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
After many drafts, I lettered the quote on an 18" x 24" sheet of watercolor paper. I then masked the lettering with a sheet of vellum that had a helpful grid!
Next, I added a green watercolor wash around the edge of the page.
Meanwhile I planned a border with images of phytoplankton (microscopic sea creatures that provide much of the oxygen we breathe. Some happen to be toxic when ingested by humans.) I struggled with this part of my design process. The layout of the lettering and the phytoplankton border were not satisfactory, but running short on time, I felt stuck.
A few days before my deadline I signed up for Shira Singer's "Weaving Words" workshop at the Northeast Harbor library. A mere indulgence to play with a new art form and distract myself from my pressing deadline. Pleasantly surprised, I found the inspiration I needed: I decided to weave the phytoplankton directly into the quote.
To ensure the readability of the quote, I lettered the text in copper ink around the edge.
Next I crafted a 9x12 sheet of phytoplankton images in strips including "zentangle" designs and watercolor.
While the watercolor dried, I braved the next step: I sliced horizontal lines across the lettering!
I then cut the strips of phytoplankton and wove them vertically into the horizontal cuts, adding some plain yellow watercolor strips for contrast. Finally, using copper ink I drew a few extra phytoplankton for good measure!
The final piece: Mysterious Phytoplankton. This illustrates the similarity between the art and science process for me. A bit jumbled, with its inherent natural beauty shining through.
The final piece is framed and is for sale ($600 --- proceeds benefit the Northeast Harbor Library). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing.