During the pandemic, I studied the technique of Pochoir, stenciling, with artist Karen Lederer and used it to make postcards to send to members of Kaleidoscope, a collaborative book group I belong to. In addition, I gave a Pochoir workshop to our group. The Meadow, featured below, is a more detailed example of the technique, and was accepted to the online exhibition, JOY(this is just what I needed!) through the Edward A. Dixon Gallery in Dayton, Ohio, August 1-31, 2021.
The Meadow is a place in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada. As children and then adults, we hiked through the Meadow in all seasons. In summertime, the meadow came alive with wild flowers, butterflies, birds and turtles. During the pandemic, I couldn't make my annual summertime trip to The Meadow, but would travel there in my mind and in my art. This brought me joy. This piece is influenced by Henri Matisse's jazz series, where he used pochoir (stenciling) and gouache paint to make prints of his collages.