Week 16’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was P – Peace.
Peace for me is very personal and faith-filled, However, I have chosen to keep that private.
So, I painted one of my calmest relaxing things to do. Blowing bubbles. However, I wanted a quote to go with it. Week 17 is Q-Quote, the only perk to being behind.
My daughter’s best friend graduated last week. and I got her a great card with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. When I researched the internet for the quote I found three that I really love.
The one for peace is “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.” We have to search and initiate Peace. I felt that the bubbles imagery didn’t fit this quote.
I bought a new art tool, Jane Davenport’s Inkredible Pen. While practicing I wrote the above phrase onto a piece of watercolor, decorating it with Distress Inks, Viva Decor and Stazon Ink.
Complicated relationship can make explanations boring. My family and I seem to be in a season of trials and loss. A couple of weeks ago, we experienced the pain of a love one dying, which is never easy but living 750 miles made it impossible for me to visit him during his short but intense illness.
There will not be a traditional funeral service either. So, I wrote the following poem to express my grief.
Praying sorrow doesn’t dark your door any time soon,
I just finished the card for week 15. Week 15’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was 0 – Obsession. While I had been posting the a few weeks behind. I got behind creating. I had a weekend off and hoped to get some time to work on my art, writing, poetry, and blog. Some creating done however not what I needed for here. There is always hope.
Artistically speaking, I am embarrassed by this creation. It was rushed and looks it. I couldn’t find my cards so I used a manila envelope cut down to size. I didn’t dry it enough or wait for it to dry after gluing on the magazine. It just went down hill from there. Sorry! I debated about making another and never letting this one see the light of day, but sometimes being vulnerable with our failures as well as our success helps us grow as people and artist.
This weeks topic obsession is one I didn’t want to face. I have more of obsessions than I care to admit. When I sat down, the truth crept into my creation. While this isn’t one of my favorite creations, I do feel that as much as I hate to face it, I am obsessed with my weight. Desperately trying to loose fifty pounds again.
What is your obsession? Are you in control or the obsession?
Week 14’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was N – Numbers. This week turned to the personal again. There are a lot of number cards that are inspired by a certain look. I love that look but wanted to go in a different direction because I didn’t want to feel like a copy cat. But else can you do with numbers?
There is a story behind the numbers in this card. Each three digit number represents a place we’ve lived. I am convinced that there is a move in my future. If you knew my circumstances, you would think I am crazy.
The longest I have lived in one home is thirteen years. Once during my childhood and once during my children’s childhood. What is the longest you have lived in one place?
Home Sweet Home,
Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. This year I created a very personal canvas for my mother. We almost lost her last year and rest of the family pictured here have passed. She’s literally the last man standing.
From a growing artist perceptive: This is the first time I have ever used this much ephemera. I used a copper metallic paint. It turned out a lot darker than I wanted.
However, I love it and my mom.
Keep your loved ones close,
My husband and I have become friends with a couple that are his co-workers. They are a very sweet. They have been very generous helping us attend several events. I made her a cat card as a thank you gift. They have several cats and they remind me of a cute cat couple. Their cute relationship is the inspiration for this piece.
Thankful for friends,