For the past year or so I have been using my lunch breaks to make small pieces of art, most of the pieces on this site are products of this exercise. The essence of this daily practice is to devise, develop and execute an idea in that brief period of time. Occasionally, however, my usual font of ideas and concepts runs dry. That's when I reach for my bag of ideas. The bag of ideas is a paper bag in which I have cut up phrases from a variety of sources. I reach in and pull something out, that phrase(s) becomes the genesis for whatever piece I make that day. That is how today's work began, with the randomly selected phrases "the advent of" and "the young couple."
I began the work thinking of a dance, like the first dance at a wedding. But then I thought of the season of Advent and how in many Christian traditions, at least in earlier times, that season was marked by fasting and a prohibition of dancing among other traditions. On fasting days, at least in the Roman Catholic tradition fish was o.k. to eat, but not meat. So, with the way my mind works, I conceived of a picture of a woman dancing with a ghost carp (aka the Holy Ghost fish).
As far as materials, I chose the gold ink to invoke the gold leaf of religious iconography and i chose to use tracing paper for the carp so I could preserve some of the transparency. The rest of the materials are my standard fare of design marker, watercolor and pen.