When asked to encapsulate education, a good friend of mine--a high school science teacher for nearly thirty years--once came up with the following four-word definition (frankly, I think it's an equally good mantra for LIFE): Ask questions; seek answers. His wise words were the inspiration for my most-recent mint-tin nicho, entitled "Seek."
As in my last nicho, I used a piece of "jailhouse tin" that I purchased at my local junk shop. Turns out, the patina on this old piece of metal works well with the purple/blue paint effects I used on the surrounding framework.
In the detail shot below the found-object elements are more evident: paper from a thesaurus (background), a porcelain doll head, an old typewriter key, coiled wire, and a ceramic question mark (it has a pair of sharp pins sticking out of its back) that was probably used on those felt-covered sign boards that used to grace stores and restaurants.
I wanted to include a close-up shot (below) of the texture I created using plaster pushed through a stencil. The painting effects were created with acrylic paint, acrylic ink, and a dry-brushing technique.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.