Illumination Comes In On the Breeze

Illumination Comes In On the Breeze cut paper art by Patrick Gannon

size: 6 x 4 inches (approx.) / 150 x 100mm
medium: cut washi and chiyogami paper on wood
private collection / commission

Let’s pause, just for a brief moment, to breathe in how beautiful the background blue paper is. It’s not possible for me to give the washi paper-makers of Japan enough credit for their amazing work. Before my knife even came close to this, it was a piece of art.

There are times when inspiration comes from a thousand different sources, blended together into a purée of ideas, then strained down to a… hm. I was planning on using a food analogy to explain the immensely complex filtering and evolution of a universe down into a singular concept, but nothing apt comes to mind. Perhaps you can help me out?

Other times, a single conversation can kick off a train of thoughts that lead inexorably to a destination. Such was the case here. Illumination Comes In On the Breeze was created as a commission where everything I needed to jump into sketching was included in a single email. The only concrete detail was the love of dark blue. Everything else was subtext.

Subtext and somewhat gelatinous owlishness.


Illumination Comes In On the Breeze sketch for cut paper art by Patrick Gannon Work-in-Progress: early sketches

Illumination Comes In On the Breeze sketch for cut paper art by Patrick Gannon Work-in-Progress: composition sketches

Illumination Comes In On the Breeze drawing for cut paper art by Patrick Gannon Work-in-Progress: final drawing

  1. Bridget’s avatar

    Illumination arrives with the ether and exhales through the eyes and the ears…plucked out of thin in and held between thumb and fore-digit! The navy blue is royale and the paler background blue is literally the sky. ¡It certainly does have an owlish quality!…Superior, señor!

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    1. Patrick’s avatar

      Bridget, I should have you write all of my expositions. Cheers!

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