Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beautiful Dreamer

It's been a full week.  My dad is doing well, thankfully.  He goes back to the doctor tomorrow for what we hope is the all-clear.  On Monday, I spent the day at the Surface and Textile (Surtex) Show  at the Javits Center in NYC.  My wonderful reps, Laurie High and Parker Fulton, were there and it was so nice to see them.  There are so many wonderful artists and so much inspiring work to see.  One artist, named Elizabeth, really struck me with her beautiful work, which you can see here.  It was also nice to see the familiar faces of Sue Zipkin, and Cathy Heck, among others.

This week's Diva challenge was to use the zentangle pea-nuckle.  One of my favorite entries is this gorgeous, ethereal design by LeeAnn.  My efforts were very unsuccessful, and the tangle ended up morphing into the woman you see in this design.  If you look closely, you will see my feeble pea-nuckle attempts in her "shirt" -- all other evidence has been painted over!

Onto the design - the song "Beautiful Dreamer," was the last song written by Stephen Foster and was published in 1862.  It was featured in the movie "Gone With the Wind," one of my favorite films despite it's political incorrectness.  As a child, I was drawn to the independence and defiance of Scarlett O'Hara, and while also appalled by her selfishness and cold-heartedness.  I fell in love with Clark Gable, and also with the costumes and scenery.  I saw the movie at least 10 times!

The "Scrapping the Music" "b" challenge this week was to do a design inspired by song from a favorite movie.  So this dreamy lady emerged in response to that.  I was actually able to find a copy of the original sheet music, which I printed out and collaged over the layers of gesso that covered up my failed pea-nuckle, and then added layers of paint, stamping and collaging. 

I keep learning the lesson that sometimes failed attempts at things can lead to something new and exciting!

Two dream quotes that I love and wanted to share:  "Every great dream begins with a dreamer."  Harriet Tubman and "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."  C.S. Lewis

Lately, my dreams involve having few or no commitments or appointments -- being able to read under a shady tree, paint as long as I'd like, and spend time in my garden.  Also, I am missing the joy I get from our service work in Guatemala working with From Houses to Homes, and dream of returning there soon -- maybe for several months this time...

What do you dream?

9 comments:

  1. I find her to be amazingly fantastic and I love how you accepted this challenge and made it a glorious piece of art!

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    1. thank you so much. I love your work. It's just beautiful.

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  2. The color in your artwork is beautiful.

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  3. This is beautiful and yes, I see pea-nuckle in there. I also see some lovely layering. Very nice piece!

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  4. Jessica, I can't tell you how much I love your beautiful work of art! I think I see that pea-nuckle in there, too. thanks for plaing along with us at Scrapping the Music - Beautiful Dreamer is a fav of mine - and so was the musical score in Gone With the Wind!

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  5. This is just gorgeous Jessica! I love how your dream lady "emerged" within your painting! Magic! Thanks for playing along with us at STM!

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  6. Beautiful! I hope your dreams come true!!! : .) Thanks for joining us for this challenge at Scrapping the Music!

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  7. So beautiful! The layers and detail are just gorgeous! So glad your Dad is doing well!

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