Whispers of the Ancients

“Whispers of the Ancients” 18x24” graphite, colored pencil, acrylic and hornet nest paper on Strathmore paper.

The drawing continues my exploration of a theme of “masks”. Graphite drawing with a few touches of black colored pencil to deepen the darkest dark values and red acrylic. The outer “mat” area is bald faced hornet nest paper. Rather than creating a separate mat I wanted the integrity of adding the paper to the actual drawing surface. The outer edge of the nest paper was left rough as you might see on a deckled edge of a sheet of drawing paper. I’ve referenced the bald faced hornets in many of my drawings and felt the nest material tied in perfectly with the subject and theme of this series and this drawing in particular.

Adhering the hornet nest paper to the drawing surface. I used pieces from two different nests, carefully disassembling the paper in layers.