30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 16
It"Interrupting Chicken of Love" - mixed media on aquabord, 9" x 12". Ready to frame, or can be leaned on a shelf. Available on etsy.
Now it's he and not you
Who'll be stuck with a shoe,
In a stew, in the goo.
And I've learned something, too,
Something I never knew,
On the steps of the palace.
From "On the Steps of the Palace", Into the Woods
Stuck with a shoe, in a stew, in the goo - oh yes, that was my day with art. This piece took ages and ages. I built it up, I scraped it down. I built it up again, and scraped it down again! There were at least three points where I was ready to chuck this in the trash and start a new board, believing this one to be cursed. And then, out of nowhere, it reached a point where I caught my breath a little and said "Oh!" and saw something magical taking place. I'm glad I stuck with it - it is now my all time favorite of my abstracts!
Fairytale characters are like that...faced with insurmountable odds, dragons, beasts, trolls. But they keep going, long past the time when most of us would throw in the towel. And they win, they are transformed, the story ends and another begins. If it weren't for this month's theme and the forest of fairytale creatures camped in my studio, I would have given up on this painting. But a theme is a theme, and now I've learned a valuable lesson about art from fictional characters.
So it seemed only appropriate to let the universe name this piece of art in the same way it decided if and when it would actually become a painting. I began playing with an abstract title generator (you're going to love this - check it out here) just to see what would come up. When I saw "Interrupting Chicken of Love", I laughed out loud and knew it was the one! The universe has a weird sense of humor. :)
1/16/2017 03:54:59 pm
Jen, thank you for the daily trail of bread crumbs this month. SUCH a gift to follow them so I can see where you have been. I love knowing that your art is becoming a part of me and will show up in places in my own art—even when neither you nor I will be able to point to a single thing and say, There! Don't you see it?
1/16/2017 05:23:50 pm
Oh sweet Dotty! It is my pleasure! Thank you for following the trail through the woods! And aren't we all a kind of collage of every artist we have seen? We can't help but influence each other. :)
Patricia L. Brooks
1/16/2017 08:00:31 pm
You have SLAIN your dragon, today, and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! You are my hero, girded with your imagination, creativity, scraper and brushes you have created a MASTERPIECE ‼️‼️‼️Hope that you will read my email from todY👍👍👍‼️‼️‼️You will probably get a laugh🤗🤗🤗‼️‼️‼️
1/16/2017 09:18:30 pm
Wooohooooo! Three cheers for dragon slaying! Thank you, dear cheerleader! I am off to read your email right now....
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