Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Golden Years

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.


  1. I love the heart and meaning that you put into your work. This is just beautiful Jessica! I love the colors and the mystical look to it. Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapping The Music!

    1. thanks Michelle. I am so glad to have found your community.

  2. I absolutely love this page, Jessica! Yes, I agree with Michelle, you put so much of yourself in your projects and it really shows! We are glad that you found us, too!

  3. I've read your posts for STM backwards, I'm glad to hear that your Dad is doing better!

    I really enjoy (and am impressed by) your technique of combining so many elements into a cohesive and story telling piece, and I swoon over the colors!!!

    We're happy to have you playing along with us at Scrapping the Music!!!

  4. I am so glad to hear your Dad is ok and coming home and home to this beautiful piece. The details and layers are amazing. So beautiful!


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