Monday, September 6, 2010

Fruits of My Labor Day

Yin Yang Louis XVI ©Deborah Jaouen 2010 mixed media 16" x 24"

Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays, because 1)it's always a weekend, 2)the weather is always nice, even here in Virginia--today there's a delightful tropical-esque breeze, 3)there is no cooking or present buying involved, and 4) I'm always sure to get a few days off around my birthday--I was born on Labor Day, which I've always found very clever of my mom.

This is the piece I've been working on, on and off for awhile. I'm pretty sure it's finished, all it needs are some screws to hold the hinges on securely. It can be hung on the wall or propped up like an open book. It has so many layers, details and elements--I've tried to unify them with a semi monochromatic look or else it all would have been too much. I used an oil based glaze, cast resin architectural details, acrylic, 2 encaustic paintings, the kitchen sink.... I'm so done!

Happy Labor Day!


  1. This is great! I love how the colors are soft and pastel and I guess feminine, but yet it has kind of a massive or weighty feel. What kind of surface is this on, and what's the size? Very intriguing! Like, like!

  2. Hey Cynthia, glad you like! This is a piece that gave me no end of trouble (the colors mostly) and now that it's finally resolved I do feel pretty pleased with it. It's not very deep, actually on two Fredrix linen panels (each 16" x 12") I connected with hinges. The whole time I was working on it, it made me think of maps and outer space and ocean, and lately, time travel--hence the "victorian" details--actually 2 Louis XVI bows which I also love...