Scrapping the Music's challenge and prompt this week is the song "Golden Years," by David Bowie. When I read the lyrics, I cried. My dad, who turned 82 last Friday, went into the hospital yesterday. Here's a picture of him with my mom last month. My parents have always been so healthy. So it's been scary. He's fine and is going home tomorrow, but mortality and the fragility of life have been very much on my mind.
The lyrics that inspired me are:
Run for the shadows in these golden years. I'll stick with you for a thousand years. Nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years.
I started with a layer of gesso and then scraped on white, blue and magenta paint. I scrubbed off paint using punchinella with small holes. There's actually a tree and a different face that got covered up. The body of the "angel" is collaged with stamps and a sun I had painted and then cut out from a "failed" painting. The moon and stars are from book pages. The "trees" are Julie Fei Fan Balzer's Blazonry stencil (which I seem to be using in everything these days!) This is pretty "loose" for me style wise. I'm so grateful for this challenge - it was very cathartic. This will be a nice welcome home gift for my dad.