Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.
Medallions are supposed to be symmetrical. In fact, it is the symmetry of medallions in rugs, plates, and other items that seem to give us pleasure and provoke appreciation. I’ve found, though, that many of these works are oddly asymmetrical when you get up close. The Quakers had some real reservations about perfection. They committed to peerless craftsmanship in their work, but always left one obvious flaw in deference to that which outshines us all.
You have undoubtedly traced this line of reasoning to the lopsided medallion below. Perhaps you suspect that I am rationalizing or even apologizing for its imperfection. I am not and despite the fact that I could explain it away by reminding you that it is just a study. I won’t. Despite its misshapen form, I find it oddly satisfying. As individual elements, it is enchanting. Consider the lovely flutes of the morning glory. The chamois and celadon fronds of the rosemary. The stylized petals of the geraniums. The cascading layers of the zinnia center. All held together by the perforated lavender border.
There is whimsy, charm, joy—and probably a more refined version coming in the future. Deserving of a 99th study.