Men in Authority: Greater than I (2)

Hello people!

I hope all is well with you! I am looking forward to telling you the 2nd post stemming from the Men in authority series. The men in authority series was started in July 2012 and completed on March 2013. It took me nearly nine months to complete this series, since the artwork come in varying mediums, techniques and sizes. There are 33 pieces in all and 27 of the pieces will be featured on this blog for the month of January. All original pieces featured on this blog, are for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Cassondra Lenoir Scholarship Foundation. The CL Scholarship Foundation helps first generation college students with tuition assistance and the like in the amounts of $250 and $500. You can find more information by clicking here.

Greater than I. Men in authority

Greater than I (2) (2012). 13″ by 22″. 2012. Burnt etchings on wood. Men in Authority

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the men in authority series was completed in three different mediums, acrylic, wood-burning and felt strips stitched together to make an image totalling 33 works of art. Thus, there are three versions of one title. In the work above, Greater than I(part 2) was completed using a wood burning tool, (it’s like an iron) and it’s pressed downward on the wood to make an image. This piece was my first piece of this version, because I used the opposite side and since it is plywood, it ended looking like burnt rice grains on wood. I fully enjoyed the process and was pleased with the result.

   How I came up with this idea

I came up with this idea of wood-burning, when I was going shopping to one of my favorite stores…Michaels! I was just browsing and wanted to start working on the next phase of this series since I was nearly done with the acrylic painting. I wanted something to represent the Jesus part of the Godhead and since Jesus had a carpentry background, wood came to mind. The Holy Spirit nudged towards using an iron pen to instill images onto the wood and thus this phase began. I completed the acrylic phase by September 30, 2012 and gave myself until December 31, 2012 to complete the burnt etchings on wood.

This was much better than the idea of crushing, hammering down pony beads and gluing them to compose an image. Plus, my landlord lived above me and she could not stand noise. So I had to make art that was quiet as possible. This is what happens, when a studio in NY cost as much as your rent, not happening, then I will really be a starving artist because I enjoy food. Until next time, I love you and stay blessed!


For the love of God and art

Thru His vessel JB