To celebrate my new stencils I did a spread in my journal for each of the stencils with the person who inspired them.
Gera is an Ethiopian artist and doctor who made paintings of talismanic characters for his patients to heal, them using what he called “the secrets arts of heaven.” I found his work in the book Afrikan Alphabets. and was instantly drawn drawn to the shapes and the context of his characters.
This is another page of healing in my journal I did with the Gera Stencils.
Joan Miró and I have been friends for ages. I am inspired by the fact that his artistic styles are all over the map like mine, and I love the playful energy of his calligraphic marks. A few years ago I created my own alphabet inspired by him, which I use in my journals frequently and now have used in these stencils.
A while back I had the great pleasure of hearing Maya Angelou speak. I have read many of her books. This stencil is a quote from her that goes like this
“A bird does not sing because it has the answers, it sings because it has a song.”
Pablo Picasso was the subject of an exhibit I saw in Venice, Italy years ago that was so beautifully done I came away feeling like I knew him just a little bit. His journey in art never ceased, it changed but never, never ceased. I admire that among many other things about this artist. The background is done with his stencil and dye inks with a stencil brush.
All of these stencils are meant to add a bit of magic to your art, a little rhythmic texture full of history, beauty and words.
Leave me a comment about one of your art heroes or sheroes, and I will draw a name for a winner of the whole set.