|Ellen Hess presenting letter "A". A is for amethyst.|
"I had just been assigned the letter A, and was thinking about what in nature was shaped like an A, when I took a trip to the Franklin Mineral Museum, and inspiration hit! I would do an amethyst crystal formation, and other 'a' minerals. Perfect!"
|Patricia Toltl tells BAR about making letter "B". All were unique!|
"I was surprised and delighted by the many different images I found and altered when I choose to make each B an original separate artwork."
Front & Back - Patricia gives a wonderful description of her original process: I used a technique that I came upon by chance. After drawing out 20 different sketches of my assigned letter B and still being dissatisfied with the results, in frustration I took newspaper photos and altered them first by erasing into the existing image, then adding to the image with graphite. I coated the back with acrylic medium to strengthen the paper, then used both colored pencil and acrylic paint to enhance the images. I ended up with 29 different paintings for the front and 29 smaller paintings for the backs which were then glued to mi tientes paper.
Ronni Pressman took letter "C". "While I was attempting to make life more detailed and organized, [amidst a run of chaos,] I started to think about fractals - mathematical calculations seen visually in repeating patterns. They are so meticulously beautiful, and so delicately displaying ORDER. All of nature can be seen through these amazing graphics - ah, our theme has emerged as well. I started to manipulate a fractal pattern that I had created many years ago and it all started to come clear. The letter C was beginning to surface, hence, the front of my card. The back of the card came about from the identical fractal pattern, yet manipulated into a tessellating pattern of its own.”
Front &Back - printed on Arches "88" printmaking paper, PIXMA ink.
Picture credits: Letter C, Ronni Pressman; the rest, Janet Ducote