Monday, February 16, 2009

Hope is the thing with feathers

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers
Collage painting
12" x 12"
$200.00, framed

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson
I've been thinking about hope a lot lately and have started a little series on the topic. This is the first. I used illustration board for my substrate and started painting with acrylics, adding visual texture in many ways to the large sheet of board. When I got to a stopping point I cut the big board into smaller pieces in several sizes, including this 12 x 12 piece. Then I started playing with composition and came up with this. The feather is a photocopy of a peacock feather from my brother's back yard in Arkansas where he struts around hoping that his long dead mate will show up again. I transfered it to the painting using acrylic medium, and after weeks of indecision I did the stamping of the lines of Emily Dickinson's poem.
It's offered in a black wood frame.


  1. I absolutely love the feather. I have a peacock tattoo and I am a huge fan of Art Nouveau. How did you transfer the feather from the Xerox? can the same work with a laser print? interesting...

  2. Jo, Your feather piece looks great and it was fun to hear your process in creating it. Paula

  3. Anonymous9:47 AM PDT

    Hello Mrs Jo Reimer,

    I saw your work on Pinterest and I was impressed of your arts. Thank you for sharing this. It's make me happy and it inspires me.

    Cynthia from The Netherlands

    1. Thank you, Cynthia. I hope you keep in touch.


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