I have always loved working with gold, whether it was couching Japanese gold thread on silk embroideries, going wild with artificial gold thread on machine embroidery, or laying 24K gold on egg tempera paintings.
Gold catches the eye and accentuates whatever it touches. Gold makes the message it enhances even more precious.
Not only is gold itself costly, so is the learning and time to acquire the necessary skill to lay it properly.
If I put gold on a painting or icon, it makes me the artist sit up and take notice. I have to plan more meticulously, work more carefully, and, above all, finish and hang the piece.
By reflecting the faces of those who stand before it, highly burnished gold even brings the viewer into the icon itself.
Finally, so much gold is just flat cool.
So, 2017 is “My Golden Year.” I promise you will be seeing a lot more gold in my work.
Maybe by the end of the year I will have The Midas Touch.