The original artwork from which this lithograph derives was commissioned by the Mayo Clinic Women’s Cancer Program. The verses chosen are from Proverbs chapter 31. The idea for this work was to create something that would be comforting and cheerful, that women of all nationalities and faiths could appreciate, and that would celebrate the strengths of women. The design is laid out like a patchwork quilt, a skill traditionally associated with women, and the paintings in the corner link in a circle, a feminine symbol. On the top left, a bluebird guards her nest in a cherry tree, while sheep graze in the background. On the right, a teapot stands for hospitality, with a bowl of cherries that reference the bird painting. In the lower right, a modern business woman’s laptop, with diploma and maps in the background. Note the coffee mug has the same pattern as the teapot above. In the lower left, a spinning wheel, representing an ancient female craft. The bookshelf echoes the books beside the laptop, and the view of sheep out the window brings the viewer back to the bird in the top left. In addition, there are the phases of the moon, paper doll cutouts, and images from the verses themselves.
The techniques used were gouache painting, quilling to form shapes such as the grapes and wheat, and gilding with 23k gold. The lithograph was printed with archival paper and ink. It is framed with an acid-free mat in cream, and a gold-toned wood frame (not shown). Custom framing is available on request.
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Print image size: 16 1/2 x 20 1/4
Additional prints to same address are shipped free.
Mat and frame size (frame width not included in measurements): 20 x 24
Print only – $45; up to 3 sprints shipped to same address – $61
Framed – $145; with shipping -$175