As you can see i was influenced by Sunny Carvalho’s whimsical mixed media pieces. I have always created my pretty ladies this way but not my little whimsical people. So thank you Sunny for the inspiration! This mixed media piece is for the White Rock Outside the Box Fibre exhibition – it’s a juried show. Usually i don’t enter juried shows but i thought this was good motivation for me to spend several blissful hours creating!
This is how i started out – as you can see i used a print of one of my fav journal pages as well as napkins and words to collage the background. The face is created separately.
I painted on top of the collaged background – it sure was difficult painting over that face ! A bit of drippage was in order too!
Another process picture. It’s funny but as I’m creating and lost in the process I am having a running dialogue with the piece. It’s telling me what to do next. Sometimes it changes it’s mind and tells me to paint blue eyes and then the next thing you know they become green. At this point i had no idea what the words would be.
Can you imagine my surprise when a 3D balloon appeared? I had absolutely no idea about that one!
The balloon and the star on the girls head are glittered. The hair is yarn and the balloon string is embroidery floss – i had to add a bit of fibre into it didn’t i?
My original sketch had a pair of arms, legs and a head on it but as the piece progressed i wasn’t feeling the vibe for a head or legs. I kept staring and staring at the piece with the arms glued on trying to decide whether or not i was disturbed by arms on their own like that. I have never been into the macabre or into disturbing things….they just…….how shall i say this……DISTURB ME! Ha!
The words came to me when i asked “what do you want to say?”
So as I was pondering whether or not to rip the arms off I took down a wooden flying heart from the wall that Mr. G had made for me. I was going to hang the little Dreamer in it’s place to get a feel for it. Before i did that though i had placed the new piece on top of the wooden heart (accidentally) – and there perfectly aligned was the pieces arms on top of the wings. I almost shouted “That’s IT!!! like Charlie Brown did when he was being analysed by Lucy! I thought – she’s flying, she’s flying – the little Dreamer is flying! So i decided to keep the doll hands on the piece! By flying i mean when children put out their arms at their sides and pretend they are flying?
Anyways – she’s done – the entry is due today! Wish me luck!
I hope you are having a gorgeous day – it’s gonna be a hot one here!
Love, Violette xo