Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Unimaginable - What is that to YOU? REPOST


Repost for:
Seth Apter's Buried Treasure Collaboration


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The Unimaginable.... 

What would that be for you?  

Mood boards - they really do "challenge" me!  Just love them. Unimaginable was part of the theme for this mood board project - by Scrap Around The World.  

From a young age until my Dad was 94... I loved to go fishing with him.  He always had a boat of some kind and there was nothing finer than to sit and watch our bobbers together!  Unless it was when we got home and he fried up the crappie (fish) for the entire family!!!  And, by the way, my hair looked very much like the girl in my painting :)

So when I saw this mood board with the girl, the old swing, the boat and the dock... it dawned on me how AMAZING it would be to have a way to be able to swing very very high - way way way out over the water.  In my painting, it is a tree limb holding the swing... but in my mind... I can't see what is holding the swing. Just that the girl has limitless ability to swing high and see all... for a long way off... the breeze blowing in her hair and all is right with the world... more than right - perfect!  

This dock is old and sagging... the chain no longer needed. 
The old fishing boat is seldom used in need of repair but...
the girl in the swing sees none of that...
she sees hope, feels joy, loves nature and feels completely content.

Best of all... she can float over the waters as long as she wants, as high as she wants, as far as she wants and wherever she would like... for today is timeless.  

Here is my creation!  It's a 14" x 16" canvas mounted on board with a cedar frame for an overall total of 16" x 18"! 

Thanks bunches for looking!  j. 

The letters show much better in person: 
Keep Room In Your Heart For The Unimaginable.

Some of the supplies used.

Her dress was made from the ruffle of an old wedding dress that I spent hours one night in my chair clipping to pieces! There were beautiful lace and crochet flowers, netting, beads, heirloom lace and lovely fabric on the old dress - so fun to save it all for projects like this.  Her hair was made from some "tie in" braids I bought for stocking stuffers for the grandkids.  I cut them up and glue them to a piece of canvas. The branch and swing seat were - of course - from a nature walk on the ranch!  The "rope" is some old twine from the barn. The white leaves are actually some type of fabric - I ordered as embellishment a few months ago and it worked for this!

I used all acrylic paint but when finished... spritzed it with some glitter mist so the water would shimmer a bit! 

There is some embossing powder on the boat, the oar and in the water under the boat.  It's hard to see in the pictures but it gives some added "old age" to the boat.  

The leaves are stenciled on using library green archival ink outlined in white acrylic with some bronze stickles for dimension. 

I printed the words on to a transparency and painted them bronze.



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