Friday, January 19, 2007

sketchbook: ex-voto painting

"As a child I dreamed of cats howling at the moon
&
heads following in the night.
The wolf stalks, breath is cold and my heart beats & beats & beats.
I prayed let this night be over, be over, be over,
but the head still follows
&
the wolf waits in the dark corners
&
there is no escape
from the demons that haunt us in the night."

Obviously this isn't what the original ex-voto that I used as inspiration for my sketchbook version said. The text is a moment in a child's life, mine.
It is acrylic and pen on paper and then coated it with kyrlon crystal glaze.
I have always had a love of ex-voto's, partly because it uses text in the paintings. I have never quite figured out how to use text in my paintings and so I find them inspiring.
Here is a link to some really beautiful ones.
History of ex-voto paintings.

13 comments:

Janvangogh said...

I never knew about ex votos before. They are really interesting.

Angela said...

I didn't know about them either jan. Thanks for sharing this with us! It is wonderful that you can express yourself this way! Keep it up! I am sure that I will keep coming to see what new paintings etc. you have made! :)

sue beyer said...

I really like this one, because of the story I think :-)

Dr.John said...

I never knew about ex-votos either. I looked at the link and they all seem to be religious in nature.

Susie Q said...

This was a new one for me and I love hearing about it. Great sketch and story. I love your ability to express yourself this way....amazing.
Hugs,
Sue

jafabrit said...

Hi Dr. John, yes they are very religious. I added a history link at the bottom of my post. I would describe them as visual prayers. Ex-voto is from latin meaning "from a vow". The practive dates back to ancient greece.
Hi sue, I am thinking I would like to do a painting incorporarting the text and my own images.
thanks suzie and angela, jan. I hope you enjoy exploring their history and some of the work.

Philip said...

I'd never heard of this either.Interesting - I like tseeing words in pictures ans keep meaning to give this a try myself.

BTW - How much of your sketchbook work ends up as finished paintings? What inspires you to take a work further?

Gramercy Galleria said...

wonderful! It inspires me in many ways.

Cynthia said...

I'm really interested in retablos and shrines. I had to look up ex-votos because I had never heard of them before but they seem related. Almost like a medieval book of hours. I might be wrong there.

Anywho, I'm interested to see where you're going with this.

jafabrit said...

man, you ask good questions phillip and I think it has inspired what my next post will be about. I will answer that on the next post in a few days time.

LynClay said...

This is very inspiring (wonderful sketch) and makes one want to explore new ways of expression. Thanks for sharing this and I had never heard of ex votos either but I love to learn new things...awesome!

Dr.John said...
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jafabrit said...

Dr. John, I removed the comment since it is more to do with an issue with what was said on your blog than what my blog entry is.