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Detail, lower left.  Collaged characters (peach color) are made from a heavy paper that I paint with gesso and pastel.  I then cut them out and fix them to the wood panel using gel medium that acts as glue.  These paper characters are raised from the surface.  When light shines from the side, they are highlighted along their edges and cast a small shadow.  Above this little totem-like tower of paper characters, I have used subtractive and additive techniques to reveal the layers of graphite and pastel beneath.  The upper right corner of this detail shows part of another type of character made with thick gel medium.  It has a subtle color and a raised texture.  The lower right corner of this detail shows marks I made through the paint.
Detail, upper left.  Graphite and yellow pastel marks and textured paint are layered over more distant, quiet marks and subtle surface texture.
Detail, lower right.  Graphite strands playfully interact with this peach paper cut out character.  Upper left corner of this detail shows the subtractive technique of scraping away through layers to reveal this yellow, pale and light.  The very bottom corner is my signature, with XX, the Roman numeral for twenty, the year this artwork was finished.
Left side view.  Finished on all sides.
Right side view.  Finished on all sides.
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Catching Wind VII Painting

Maria Lise Jones

Canada

Painting, Graphite on Wood

Size: 11 W x 14 H x 1.5 D in

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Each artwork is wired and ready to hang. They are not framed, but are finished on all sides. My signature is in the lower right hand corner. On the back you will find a handwritten label with my name, signature, title, medium and date of the artwork. Catching Wind is a play on the phrase "to catch wind of." It is the idea of gaining knowledge, or becoming aware of something through an indirect means, often something kept secret. The marks I make act as though they are literally caught up in the wind, and yearning to reveal something hidden. Delicate layers of gesso and pastel create an ephemeral scape for marks that seem arbitrary, but hang together in a balance of organic quality. Hovering paper collaged "characters' create a sense of communication. They call up the notion of symbols in a silent, secret language. They also evoke a sense of an otherworldly creature, floating on the wind. These collaged characters form a narrative with the spontaneous, gestural, wind blown strands of graphite giving a glimpse into the spiritual world that lies in the space between things and between people. It is a place of mystery filled with a sense of hope

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Painting:Graphite on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:11 W x 14 H x 1.5 D in

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Maria Lise Jones is an intuitive abstract mark maker who creates ethereal moments on paper with fire. She holds a candle to the paper until the fire makes its mark in black to grey shades. This technique is called Fumage, French for smoking. Since her discovery of the Fumage technique in college, Maria has developed her own techniques to create unique marks, marrying the smokey impressions with her own gestural, intuitive style. Maria captures the moments where the flame and paper meet, an exciting and unpredictable act. She paints with fire for its unique quality of form, for the challenge of a potentially disastrous outcome, and for its endless metaphors and symbols. Maria’s art practice further extends from Fumage to working with mixed media such as chalk pastel, earth pigments, gel mediums, and cut out paper collage of her own design. Maria graduated with honours from the Fine Art program in 2003 at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. She has shown in juried exhibitions and galleries around Toronto and Japan, and her work can be found in private and corporate Canadian collections. In 2007 Maria chose to step away and focus on her family and reenergize her art practice. Maria has reemerged as a full time artist and currently works in her home studio in the city of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.

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