Drawings by Ingrid Blixt

Call, Call, I follow... - original graphite drawing

Call, Call, I follow... - original graphite drawing

From "Following the Sun" series, this graphite drawing is done on wood panel and plaster with water soluble graphite and measures 36x24 inches. 
Ready to hang, the sides are finished in black.

Following the Sun - graphite drawing

Following the Sun - graphite drawing

From the Following the Sun series, the Sunflowers are a graphite drawing on plaster, in combination with silver leaf on wood panel.
The detailed sunflower drawings are surrounded by patches of silver leaf which bring the dimension of light to this artwork. 
Measures 24x30 inches and is ready to hang.

To see a video from the drawing process, please visit my blog: 
https://ingridblixt.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/following-the-sun-v/

Only Say the Word

Only Say the Word

A mixed media artwork: graphite, acrylic, plaster on canvas, measures 18"x 24". The artwork features a bird in flight on a plaster textured surface in a wabi-sabi style. Under the sparrow the drawn text reads: 
"Lord,  I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the Word and my soul shall be healed"  - it represents a call towards divine healing and also a sense of healthy unworthiness in acceptance of the divine love. This response in the Roman Missal calls to mind the words that were spoken by the Roman centurion to Jesus when he begged the Lord to heal his sick servant in Matthew 8.

7 Moons Away

7 Moons Away

7 Moons away, a mixed media artwork: graphite, silver leaf *, acrylic, plaster on canvas, measures 20"x 24". The artwork features symbolic elements: a skylark in flight, ladder, inverted tree, a silver square and 7 circles, brought together on a plaster textured surface in a wabi-sabi style, telling the story of spiritual ascension or desire for spiritual ascension, aiming 7 moons high and being able of finding a transcending door (*the silver leaf square atop of the ladder) easier than expected. The inverted tree speaks of a tree with the roots in a higher dimension.

Following the Sun

Following the Sun

Following the Sun, is an original mixed media artwork from the series with the same name: water soluble graphite, acrylic, silver leaf on wood panel. The artwork measures 48"x48" and 1" deep.
The 'Following the Sun' series represented by mixed media artworks brings together concepts and imagery of positive nature, embodying spiritual and physical growth, a documented journey towards personal fulfillment and finding truth. Still punctuated by our “Lunar Journey”, a more personal view of our shared journey, “Following the sun” observes symbolic elements like sun flowers, Skylarks, loaves of bread, wings, sky and clouds and the human figure most of times revealed technically in the presence of silver leaf which with its reflective qualities brings the needed dimension of light.

Saint Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower- original drawing

Saint Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower- original drawing

The original drawing, representing Saint Therese of Lisieux, is done in graphite on plaster in combination with silver leaf on wood panel. Different from my other icons through the realistic approach, this artwork still uses the element of metal leaf inspired by Byzantine iconography which adds the beautiful dimension of light.   
The artwork measures 12x12 inches and 3/8" deep, cradled wood panel, sides are finished in black. Ready to hang.

Psalm 51 - original mix media artwork on wood panel

Psalm 51 - original mix media artwork on wood panel

Inspired from the beautiful Psalm 51, this mixed media artwork: drawing, collage, plaster, washi tape, silver leaf on wood panel, measures 8"x8".
The handwritten fragment from the Psalm 51 reads: 
"Create in me a clean heart, O God,  and renew a right spirit within me"

The artwork can serve as a daily reminder of the the beautiful prayer.

The edges of the artwork are finished in black, ready to hang.

Through Stormy Skies - original drawing mixed media

Through Stormy Skies - original drawing mixed media

A mixed media artwork: graphite drawing, acrylic painting on un-stretched canvas, measuring 30x30 inches, depicting a crow in flight through stormy skies.
The artwork can be displayed as is for a wabi-sabi effect or have it professionally stretched or just simply framed.

You can view a video of the artwork in making on my blog: 
https://ingridblixt.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/through-stormy-skies/

Night Journey

Night Journey

Night Journey, is a mixed media artwork: charcoal, acrylic on wood panel, measuring 36"x36".
The feminine figure covers her face to let a mindful journey take lead. With no negative connotations, the Night Journey refers to a Journey we often take guided by a lunar consciousness, a time of disguised spiritual growth, when apparently we are lost but in the end we see a very defined path we walked.

Isaiah 55:8-9, diptych

Isaiah 55:8-9, diptych

An original artwork, a diptych: graphite drawing, acrylic on plaster and wood panel, each panel measuring 16"x16" and 1.5" deep, inspired from a beautiful and meaningful Bible passage: Isaiah 55:8-9 that reads:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts."

The same text is used on the second panel.

Skylark, graphite drawing

Skylark, graphite drawing

Skylark, a graphite drawing on wood and plaster, 8"x8".

Ephesians 2:8-9, diptych

Ephesians 2:8-9, diptych

An original artwork, a diptych: graphite drawing, acrylic on plaster and wood panel, one panel, depicting the wing, measuring 12"x12" and 1" deep and the smaller panel measuring 6"x6". Inspired from a beautiful and meaningful Bible passage:Ephesians 2:8-9 that reads:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

The same text is used on the second panel.

Urban I – Unexpected peace - Graphite drawing

Urban I – Unexpected peace - Graphite drawing

Fulfilling their purpose, without doubt and any hesitation – the crow and utility lines generate power and calm. I love finding peace in unexpected situations.
Graphite drawing on wood panel and plaster, measures 28″x18″, 1" deep.

Song of Songs

Song of Songs

A hair study and illustration for the Song of Songs, original graphite drawing on treated wood panel, measuring 8"x8".
The familiarity of the beautiful human element and the natural grace of feminine element give this piece also a sense of timelessness.

The wood panel is specially prepared after an old recipe for preparing surfaces for painting byzantine icons. The surface is velvety and beautiful, and the yellowish background gives the piece a wonderful patina.

Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael

Captivated by their stunning stillness, beauty and meaning i started a series depicting the Archangels – the high rank heavenly messengers, inspired from Byzantine iconography. The series started as digital drawings, printed on watercolor paper, mounted on wood
and continued with graphite drawing, acrylic painting and silver leaf (the silver leaf area is the square on the wing, which reflects light beautifully in certain lighting)
This artwork features Archangel Michael- the fighter
The artwork measures 14″x14″ and 1.5″ deep, done on wood.

Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel

Captivated by their stunning stillness, beauty and meaning i started the series depicting the Archangels - the high rank heavenly messengers, inspired from Byzantine iconography. The series start as digital drawings, printed on watercolor paper, mounted on wood
and continued with graphite drawing, acrylic painting and silver leaf (the silver leaf area is in the aura and the circles in the clothing, which reflects light beautifully in certain lighting)
This artwork features Archangel Gabriel- the messenger.
The artwork measures 14"x14" and 1.5" deep, done on wood.

The Typewriter

The Typewriter

A graphite drawing on wood panel and plaster, measures 24″x24″

Your Golden Hair Margarete

Your Golden Hair Margarete

Part of the “Stains” series – affectively remembering the events of the genocide in the WWII, seen as a never healing wound, a hit to the core of humanity which still propagates ripples, the artwork represents Herta Bothe, a female SS Guard after their Arrest in Bergen-Belsen (May 15, 1945). The title of the artwork is inspired from Paul Celan’s Death Fugue poem.

The artwork measures 42"x42", graphite drawing, acrylic on wood panel.

“Black milk of morning we drink you at night

we drink you at noontime Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland

we drink you at dusktime and dawntime we drink and drink

Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland his eye is blue

he shoots you with leaden bullets his aim is true

there’s a man in this house your golden hair Margarete

he sets his dogs on our trail he gives us a grave in the sky

he cultivates snakes and he dreams Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland

your golden hair Margarete

your ashen hair Shulamite”

Fragment from Paul Celan’s Death Fugue poem

Your Golden Hair Margarete II

Your Golden Hair Margarete II

Part of the "Stains" series - affectively remembering the events of the genocide in the WWII, seen as a never healing wound, a hit to the core of humanity which still propagates ripples(more at ingridblixt.com), the artwork representsMagdalene Kesseland Irene Haschke ,  female SS Guards after their Arrest in Bergen-Belsen (May 15, 1945). The title of the artwork is inspired from Paul Celan's Death Fugue poem.
The artwork measures 36"x36", graphite drawing, acrylic on wood panel.

"Black milk of morning we drink you at night
we drink you at noontime Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland
we drink you at dusktime and dawntime we drink and drink
Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland his eye is blue
he shoots you with leaden bullets his aim is true
there’s a man in this house your golden hair Margarete
he sets his dogs on our trail he gives us a grave in the sky
he cultivates snakes and he dreams Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland

your golden hair Margarete
your ashen hair Shulamite"

Fragment from Paul Celan's Death Fugue poem.

Woman

Woman

An original drawing, white charcoal on plaster and wood panel, measuring 8"x8" and 1.5" deep.

The most meaningful days

The most meaningful days

The most meaningful days - an original drawing, white charcoal on plaster and wood panel, measuring 8"x8" and 1.5" deep.

Following the Sun -  Skylark

Following the Sun - Skylark

Graphite drawing and silver leaf on plaster and wood,
 14"x14

Following the sun

Following the sun

From the Following the Sun series, a graphite drawing and silver leaf on plaster and wood panel, measuring 24"x48".

Person in black, graphite drawing

Person in black, graphite drawing

Graphite drawing, acrylic, plaster on wood. 24"x24"

Finding Home

Finding Home

A mixed media artwork, measuring 24"x24" : graphite drawing, white charcoal, plaster, acrylic done on wood panel.

Blessed Mother and child- Icon, original drawing with silver leaf

Blessed Mother and child- Icon, original drawing with silver leaf

Inspired from Byzantine iconography, the icon of Blessed Mother with Jesus as a child is a mixed media artwork: water soluble graphite, acrylic and silver leaf on wood panel, measuring 18"x14" and 1" deep.
Just as in byzantine iconography (more a black and white version) the contrast between
the materials used and the treatment of the face next to the light reflecting
silver leaf, very much like earth and light, creates very a beautiful and meaningful contrast,
summing up our human condition.

Annunciation, graphite drawing silver leaf

Annunciation, graphite drawing silver leaf

The Annunciation is a contemporary interpretation of Fra Angelico's Annunciation, focused on Archangel's (Archangel Gabriel) figure and beautiful posture. The artwork is a graphite drawing combined with silver leaf on plaster and wood panel. It has the fresh look of a sketch or the meaningful appearance of a tattered mural which informed and inspired generations.
Just as in byzantine iconography (more a black and white version) the contrast between
the materials used and the treatment of the figure next to the light reflecting
silver leaf, very much like earth and light, creates very a beautiful and meaningful contrast.

The artwork measures 24"x24" and 1" deep.

Night time in Iza's garden II

Night time in Iza's garden II

A floral illustration in grays, whites and silver - ink and graphite drawing, silver leaf on plaster and wood panel. The artwork measures 12"x12" and 1.5" deep.

Night time in Iza's garden

Night time in Iza's garden

A floral illustration in grays, whites and silver - ink and graphite drawing, silver leaf on plaster and wood panel. The artwork measures 12"x12" and 1.5" deep.

Christ Pantocrator

Christ Pantocrator

Inspired from Byzantine iconography, the icon of Jesus as Christ Pantocratoris a mixed media artwork: water soluble graphite, acrylic and silver leaf on wood panel, measuring 16"x16" and 1.5" deep.
Just as in byzantine iconography (more a black and white version) the contrast between
the materials used and the treatment of the face next to the light reflecting
silver leaf, very much like earth and light, creates very a beautiful and meaningful contrast,
summing up our human condition.

Beatitudes 5:4, original graphite drawing, silver leaf on wood

Beatitudes 5:4, original graphite drawing, silver leaf on wood

The Beatitudes series are a series of mixed media artworks: graphite drawing, acrylic and silver leaf on wood surface. The Beatitudes 5:4 measures 24"x48".

Concept: The title of the series, “The Beatitudes” refers directly to set of teachings by Jesus that appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, expressed as eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.
Graphite drawing is predominant throughout the artwork. I also use metal leaf, an influence from Byzantine Art. The contrast between the materials used and the treatment of the figure next to the light reflecting silver leaf, very much like earth and light, creates very a beautiful and meaningful contrast, summing up our human condition.


The Beatitudes:
Blessed are…

…the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:3)
…those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
…the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
…those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
…the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
…the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
…the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
…those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

Beatitudes 5:5, original graphite drawing, silver leaf on wood

Beatitudes 5:5, original graphite drawing, silver leaf on wood

The Beatitudes series are a series of mixed media artworks: graphite drawing, acrylic and silver leaf on wood surface. The Beatitudes 5:5 measures 24"x48".

Concept: The title of the series, “The Beatitudes” refers directly to set of teachings by Jesus that appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, expressed as eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.
Graphite drawing is predominant throughout the artwork. I also use metal leaf, an influence from Byzantine Art. The contrast between the materials used and the treatment of the figure next to the light reflecting silver leaf, very much like earth and light, creates very a beautiful and meaningful contrast, summing up our human condition.


The Beatitudes:
Blessed are…

…the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:3)
…those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
…the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
…those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
…the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
…the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
…the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
…those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

 

The Beatitudes 5:10

The Beatitudes 5:10

The Beatitudes series are a series of mixed media artworks: graphite drawing, acrylic and silver leaf on wood surface. The Beatitudes 5:10 measures 42"x42".

Concept: The title of the series, “The Beatitudes” refers directly to set of teachings by Jesus that appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, expressed as eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.
Graphite drawing is predominant throughout the artwork. I also use metal leaf, an influence from Byzantine Art. The contrast between the materials used and the treatment of the figure next to the light reflecting silver leaf, very much like earth and light, creates very a beautiful and meaningful contrast, summing up our human condition.


The Beatitudes:
Blessed are…

…the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:3)
…those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
…the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
…those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
…the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
…the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
…the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
…those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

 

The Beatitudes – a Romanian woman

The Beatitudes – a Romanian woman

This artwork was the start for the Beatitudes series. Represents a very humble woman, dressed in traditional Romanian clothing – i took the picture I worked form near Barsana Monastery in Romania.
Graphite and white charcoal on wood panel, 14×14 in

The Little Ewe

The Little Ewe

Miorita (“The Little Ewe”) is an old Romanian pastoral ballad, considered one of the most important pieces of Romanian folklore. It exalts the affective bonding between the shepherd and it’s sheep and reveals a time where the sacred and mystical element was still so rich and existent within the agrarian and farming context.

Graphite drawing on wood, 36"x42"

Calling for another coordinate

Calling for another coordinate

Graphite drawing, acrylic on plaster and wood, 24x24 in.

The missing

The missing

Charcoal drawing on plaster and wood, 16x16 in.

The missing II

The missing II

Charcoal drawing on plaster and wood, 16x16 in.