Mary-Ellen Latino, Sanctuary
My artwork is inspired by Nature’s magic and a fascination while exploring the world. As I contemplated the initial piece for 12 Cycles, my recent trip to France conjured up boundless ideas.
While the sun rhythmically danced upon the glistening water, memories of an alluring lily pond kept tugging at my heart. Claude Monet’s sensual impressionist paintings came flashing back.
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Could I portray the beauty, ‘still’ movement, color and light that I remembered? How would the Westie members react to the piece? To my delight each artist responded in thoughtful, unique and abstract ways to depict their moment in time.
“When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. . . . So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see. . . . When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary.” —John O'Donohue
Materials: photo, silk charmeuse, eco felt, assorted embroidery floss, Misty fuse, metallic foil
Techniques: digitally develop and manipulate photo, print, fuse, hand stitch
I trimmed all 12 pieces, machine stitched each piece onto eco-felt, machine stitched black trim between each piece and gold trim around the periphery, trimmed outer felt edge, hand stitched sleeve on back for hanging. 39"x51"
My artwork is inspired by nature's magic and a fascination while exploring the world. This piece was inspired by memories of an alluring lily pond while traveling in France and Monet's sensual impressionist paintings.
When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us.So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see. When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary.
Materials & Techniques:
30"x60", photo, digitally developed, printed, finished as art cloth piece.