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June 15th, 2015

Inside the Studio and News

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Fawn Rising

March 2nd, 2015

If you follow my work at all, you know the Ďtrailí is a very important part of my artwork and play. I take to it almost daily to get exercise, find inspiration, recharge, and just occasionally zone out. It was during one of these zone out moments that the fawn found me.

I have come across many deer in this particular area of the trail. They usually bound in front of me when Iím racing home against an oncoming storm (leaving me standing in awe for several minutes and giggling with delight only to get soaked in the rain).

This deer crossed the trail and then came back out onto the path to watch me. It was small, and therefore was hard to tell if it was a large yearling or a small doe. However, itís usually a buck yearling that enters a clearing alone first, and antler sheds would have just been starting to occur in the last two months as daylight hours grow. At a few points, he/ she was close, but not close enough for me to see an exact gender. ;)

I was soon fairly convinced that this was a fawn rather than a doe, due to its curiosity and lack of wariness an older doe would have had. I adjusted my pace accordingly, letting the fawn stay a comfortable distance while he examined me. This lasted for several minutes before I decided it had to be documented. Try as I might, the velcro sound from my armband may as well have been firecrackers. The fawn ran down the trail and into the trees as I took my cell phone out to get a photo. I made my way down the trail, trying to focus the iPhone camera, and the fawn popped back into view. I also got a video after this shot, but somehow managed to delete it. (Iím ultra tech clumsy like that.)

All in all, these moments left me with a great sense of peace and wonder. The innocent curiosity of the fawn was energizing and brought me such joy, yet a slight sense of sadness. I knew the other deer had always been around before. I hoped they were just too wary to step onto the trail while a human was near. This encounter was very meaningful to me. I had to paint it.

(Visit my website blog to see the photo of the encounter that inspired and Fawn Rising work-in-progress.)

I thought I would work on Yupo paper to continue the look of my latest pieces like True Blue Jay and Cardinal Direction, but keep it small.

Boy, was I in for a lesson. It was actually really quite appropriate.

If youíve ever painted on yupo paper, youíll know what I mean. Itís a non-porous surface, meaning the paint isnít just absorbed into the paper if applied in a fluid manner. It pools and flows, making really cool and visually interesting marks. The paint doesnít just sit on top and dry as such. It has a mind of its own. If you are wanting your subject to be representational, or recognizable to the viewer, this requires much patience and vigilance. However, I really like the look of this medium, and itís worth the sometimes arduous adventure that comes with the territory.

When the drips ran down from the legs, I grabbed my paper towel to dab it up, but stopped myself.

Not only did the watercolor runs resemble a reflection in water, but they symbolized growth.

What is this pool of paint doing? How is this pigment interacting with that one?

The fawn would grow into a deer that knew when to be curious and trust and when to dart away from predators before they could even be heard.

The deer teaches us to be keenly aware at all times.

Whatís going on around us? How can we be gentle and graceful while protecting ourselves?

The slightest breeze or movement could signify a change.

The fawn is curious and playful, exploring and trusting;

and the deer is ready to change course at a footfall.

The fawn is rising.

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Thanks for joining me in my artwork & play!

Happy trails,

D. Renťe

(Visit my website blog to see the photo of the encounter that inspired and Fawn Rising work-in-progress.)

Artwork and Play from D Renee Wilson

June 18th, 2014

Artwork and Play from D Renee Wilson

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