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Portraits

Angel Series

The Angel Series was based on a childhood photograph of my mother. I was struck at how much older she looked in the photo compared to her chronological age at the time. Inspired by this image, I made several handmade paper paintings and prints. The handmade paper work began with pigmented pulp. A base painting was created that was then worked with gouache paint and colored pencil to achieve detail and clarity. The result was a colorful, other-worldly homage to my mother when she was a child. – Diana Arcadipone

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Mother
Handmade Cotton Paper,
Gouache, Colored Pencil
7 x 10 inches

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Mother
Handmade Flax Paper,
Gouache, Colored Pencil,
Embroidery, Beading
22 x 30 inches

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Mother
Handmade Cotton Paper,
Gouache
12 x 14 inches

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Mother
Handmade Cotton Paper,
Gouache
22 x 30 inches

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Mother Accordian Player
Monotype Print and Gouache
8 x 12 inches

Country Portraits

Country Portraits, grew out of trips to India and Rwanda. I traveled to India specifically to refresh my pallet of the typical cool greens and browns found in Maine, submerging myself in the warm, vibrant colors of the markets, the fabrics, and the people. Bits of clothing fabrics, textiles and other scraps were scavenged on site and incorporated into the paintings along with stitching and bead-work. – Diana Arcadipone

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Indian Man, 1
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Indian Man, 2
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Indian Rope Maker
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Market Woman
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Woman with Basket and Vessel
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Kava Maker
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Bean Sorter
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Rwandan Woman with Child
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches

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Rwandan Woman with Chicken
Gouache, Fabric, Embroidery
12 x 12 inches