The Earth Will Be Filled
Gouache and raised gilding on black German Ingres paper, 19" x
This piece was done in the 5th month of 26 seeds, in 1998 in
Memphis. It was my second time through and about 10 years after
my first yearlong class with Reggie. During the intervening
years, I worked for hours and hours practicing Romans in my
studio! The lettering in this piece is a result of that study,
featuring some of the variations I worked on and loved. Another
aspect of this piece is that it is on a full sheet of black
German Ingres paper. It was during the month of color theory,
too, so I applied that information into this design as well.
Finally, the gilding in the center is with heavy molding paste
and variegated gold leaf.
For me, this kind of work was a synthesis of all the techniques,
color charts, layout ideas and slides of other students work
that Reggie exposed me to in class. In addition, I spent time
choosing the texts, and looking for just the right image of the
earth (before the internet was as developed as it is today!) The
whole process was like writing a final paper, or doing a final
piano recital with all the intensity and nervousness and even
joy that happen in that kind of performance when you are
striving for excellence.