Papirmass 112 features a stunning acrylic painting, wonderfully created by Elyse Dodge. Garibaldi is an abstract interpretation of Garibaldi Provincial Park and the Battleship Islands in British Columbia, Canada. Dainty trees dance upward from the island with gentle squiggles of paint, while crisp triangles rise and fall among the mountainscape, together creating a dazzling scene that’s both joyful and calming.
We’re so pleased with Edition 112 and hope that it inspires our Subscribers to look at their world beyond organic shapes. Continue reading to explore everything our Subscribers received this month!
Elyse has created a series that’s all her own and showcases her special relationship to the mountains that surround her in beautiful British Columbia. Hang this print in your home or hold it gently in your hands. Take your time examining the elements that make this painting special and consider these questions:
1. What was your first reaction to this artwork? Why do you think you had the reaction?
2. Why do you think this artist created this work?
3. What does this painting say about the world in which we live?
“Forever is composed of Nows.” – Emily Dickinson
This quote is an eloquent reminder to stay in the present. Often we fuss over mistakes we made or fear a future that may not come to pass. Our lives are lived physically in the present moment, so we should remind our minds to stay there as well. Often when observing an awe-inspiring mountain or gazing out upon a serene lake, we meditate on the power and beauty that nature holds and are filled with peace of mind, as we’re reminded of just how small we are and how insignificant our problems can be in the grand scheme of things.
Emily Dickinson is considered one of the great American poets and was prolific in her writing, composing over 3,000 letters and poems during her lifetime. Considered one of the founders of a uniquely American poetic voice, Dickinson was heavily influenced by the Metaphysical poets of seventeenth-century England but did not gain recognition for her work until after her death in 1886 at the age of 55.
For this month’s Creative Activity, we were inspired to recreate some nature of our own. We admire how Elyse Dodge interprets light and shadow, so we decided to challenge our Subscribers to create a tree by adding branches and leaves. You can create a tree that’s vast and strong or a delicate palm. Perhaps take an abstract approach and add geometric shapes to your tree like in Elyse’s work, or follow a more realistic route and add textured bark and foliage.
We would love to see how our Subscribers’ trees turned out, so be sure to tag us on Instagram @papirmass and #papirmass so we can admire your beautiful creations!
Elyse’s mini print is a depiction of Joffre Lake Park in British Columbia. This print is a little moodier then our feature print, suggesting it’s an evening at the lake. Or, perhaps Elyse was influenced by the turquoise waters that shimmer at the Park to make a cooler image with dominating blues, greens, and purples. If you like Elyse’s work as much as we do, consider sending this mini print to a friend so that they can learn about Elyse’s work too!
We hope you enjoyed Edition 112! Remember to tag us on Instagram (@papirmass) so we can see Elyse’s work has decorated your home. And remember, we mail out a new edition every single month to our Subscribers! Don’t want to miss our next edition? Subscribe to a Papirmass Art Subscription and sign yourself or a friend up for a monthly creative surprise!