Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mexican Serpents

Art Journal Page: Mexican Serpents, 8" x 4 3/4".
Collage, watercolor, and marker on paper.

What had originally intended to be an
abstract collage, somehow became a
collage with Mexican serpents.  And using
orange and blue, which is my least 
favorite color combination!  For
some reason it just happened.

Interesting how what is within arm's reach
can cause the results to be quite different
than you anticipated. That orange Sharpie
was just innocently there in my pen holder...
(on my monitor the Sharpie color looks red,
but the pen is actually orange.)

The Mexican serpent motifs were suggested
from designs in a book titled "Design Motifs of
Ancient Mexico" by Jorge Enciso.  I bought it
used, so I don't know if it's still in print.  It's a
Dover publication, so limited use for artworks
is permitted.

Many motifs used today are quite reminiscent
 of these ancient designs.  We artists are
 still quite fond of repeated lines, circles, 
triangles, dots and curlicues. The geometry
of the world -- from ancient times, through
the Renaissance, into Impressionism and
beyond.  Linking up with Art Journal Journey,
where the theme for the month is 
'art for art's sake.'  


  1. All this ancient designs brought together in such an artful way makes it into something extraordinary! This is so unique and stunning! I am absolutely impressed with this page and thrilled about the vibrancy Dianne! Thank you very much for joining Art Journal Journey with this amazing page! You masterful art never cease to amaze me! Happy rest of the week!
    Hugs, Susi

  2. Wonderful composition with all these nice Mexican motifs. I also like your colors. Very artsy!
    Dear greetings

  3. I love how you picked up on this Aztec theme - the colours really do suit this style so your serendipitous choice of colours was meant to be you know! Thank you so much for linking to Art Journal Journey and my theme! Hugs, Chrisx

  4. wow,this mexican page is wonderful,love the uniqce design fantastic art,stunning,love it!
    happy rest of the week.

    hugs jenny

  5. This is amazing Dianne! Symbols with your "Dianne style" collage and background. Just beautiful! Don't you just love all the heiroglyphics and symbols used by so many cultures? I have been revisiting the Australian Aboriginal symbols again and have plans to check out Alaskan Native symbols as well.

  6. I like it Dianne. It came out great. I love how all the images and shapes and interwoven and gives your eyes something to do. :) And great colors too! It is very pleasing to look at. Happy Thursday. Hugs-Erika

  7. Goodness Dianne, this is incredible. Somehow I would know this is your work, because it is SO you. Definitely different colors than I expect from you, but gorgeous none-the-less. It was SO good to see your at at Art Journal Journey, too. Thank you for joining us there.

  8. I love this mixed media piece with those collage overlays. Fabulous how all those pieces interlock with one another.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Creative wishes Tracey.

  9. I want you to know I got your lovely gift today. I'm off to photograph it just in time for my T Tuesday post.

  10. Great motifs/patterns and mark making - so much to see - it's fabulous. I love the colours.
    Gill x

  11. Beautiful, Dianne! I've become familiar with these motifs since moving to Mexico. You explained and painted them wonderfully.

    I love what you wrote here, "Many motifs used today are quite reminiscent of these ancient designs. We artists are still quite fond of repeated lines, circles, triangles, dots and curlicues."

    I love the art of contemporary Chinese artist Lu Hong for his use and mixing of ancient symbols.

    Hugs, Eileen


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