Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lion of Lucerne - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 16 X 20

We got busy doing other things the last few days, but I found another photo of a batik never posted on the blog.

It is a shortened version of a sculpture carved into a Swiss cliff commemorating the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss Guards.  The lion lays mortally wounded.  I cropped out the spear that pierces his side because it broke my heart.

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Mark Twain referred to the monument as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." (Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880)
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Have a wonderful weekend.  Hope to see you next week.



38 comments:

  1. The Lion of Lucerne is such a gorgeous memorial

    Your work does a good job at capturing the same feeling of the stone lion, looks sad but majestic at the same time

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  2. Your batik work amazes me, Chris - you really captured the sadness or mournful expression.
    The Twain quote is quite powerful. He was great with words.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Twain is one of my favorites.

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  3. Chris, you did a really amazing job!!! Wow!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Always appreciate your visit.
      Love starting my day with your blog!! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hi Chris

    This batik work closely resembles that of the real sculpture! it is beautifully done, you are awesome! This lion reminds me of the Lion of Narnia :)

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    1. Thank you, Ankita. I never connected it, but he does look like Aslan.

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  5. Wonderfully represented by you and the lion at least what freed from this Speerspitze ..
    Mark Twain I agree it is a wonderful stone work so sad to look at!
    Have a nice Weekend
    Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke. Appreciate your comment.
      Have a safe, happy weekend. Don't forget to take your camera!

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  6. Such beautiful artwork!! I just stumbled over your blog and fell in love with your wonderful art. ♥
    I'll have to stroll around now ;-)
    xo Michelle ♥

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I've been over to your blog. Your mixed media work is so creative, so beautiful. And your photographs are awesome. I can see why you were published in Somerset Studio Magazine!!

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  7. So much expression of pain! You gave "life" to the lion, much more than seen in the stone sculpture!
    Rike x

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  8. Incredible work Chris! I love the expression in the lion's face, such sadness and pain. Have a good weekend !

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    1. Thank you, Helen.
      Have a wonderful weekend, too!!

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  9. LOVE this one Chris....beautiful work!!!!

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  10. Magnifique travail ! bisous.

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    1. Merci pour le joli commentaire, Lydie!

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  11. Oh Chris - this if fantastic. I had never seen that sculpture before. I can see why you cropped it. It would make it less heartbreaking for me too. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I stumbled on the story of the sculpture - had not known of it either.
      Hugs back!

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  12. How beautiful your painting!!! you are such a talented person..

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  13. Hello Chris,
    Amazing to see this.
    You've done this very well. My compliments!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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  14. Your lion is adorable, great!!
    How many "layers" did you do here?
    And do you overwork a picture like this with aquarell
    or something else when you have finished the batik?

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    1. Thank you, Beo.
      I can't remember exactly how many layers, but I would say five or six.
      Yes, sometimes I do go back into the painting with watercolor paint, but only after I "glue" the batik onto watercolor paper with matte medium. This seems to keep the paint from spreading too much. The rice paper is like tissue paper - it is difficult to control the spread of wet paint. The watercolor paper backing helps this. I have also gone back into a batik with a Sharpie extra fine point permanent marker. I tried pastel, but had problems there because the rubbing of the pastel onto the rice paper causes the rice paper to "pill" (like fuzz on a wool sweater) - even with the watercolor paper backing. Hope that helps.

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    2. Oh yes, that helps ! Thank you so much for that!!

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  15. Bonjour chère amie,

    Vous avez merveilleusement exprimé vos émotions dans cette aquarelle. La souffrance du lion... se diffuse...
    Très joli travail...

    Gros bisous 🌸

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    1. Bonjour, Martine. Merci beaucoup pour le beau commentaire, mais je pense que la sculpture a fait le travail.

      Souhaitant avoir une belle journée !

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  16. I am very impressed how great you painted the lion in your batik technique! Its expression is quite fantastic as the original! A great motive!
    Ulrike

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    1. Thank you so much, Ulrike.
      Welcome back from your art trip!

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  17. Very emotional - you captured the carved expression so wonderfully! Your medium of batik on with paper is intriquing. Your effect is so interesting.

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    1. Thank you, Pattie! Appreciate your visit & your lovely comment.

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