There were other vintage resources for the piece. In addition to the photograph, I used papers from an 19th Century book on needlework along with muslin scraps from the lining of an old velvet cape that my grandmother gave me.
One more thought. There’s been an aha! moment or two this semester. Especially around this piece. It happened recently while I was talking to an adjunct artist who‘s been a guide for the past year or so. He asked me questions about my work. What was I trying to do? And the words came without even thinking about it. It’s my fascination with the horizon. I see that in this piece. How I keep trying to balance heaven and earth. And when I look a little closer I discover how it shows up across my work over and over again.
Photos featured in this post include the two panels of the diptych, two working drawings (rollover), a detail of panel 2, and the early 20th Century photograph of my grandmother and great grandmother (rollover).