"Sassy Squared" - mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas, 18" x 24". Private commission.
Yesterday I wondered what might be lurking in the woods...and thanks to a couple of mischievious girls, I found the first fierce beastie almost immediately.
I met these two charming kiddos at ArtServe last month, and found them completely irresistible. They saw adventure around every corner! A conference room table and chairs became a jungle gym. An umbrella became a magical tool which both had to hold simultaneously to keep things fair. In the way of little innocents, these girls were head over heels for their friendship even though they had just met. I couldn't help but follow them down the path into the winter woods, where they were completely fearless and tamed the wild bear in seconds.
The way is clear,
The light is good,
I have no fear,
Nor no one should.
The woods are just trees,
The trees are just wood.
No need to be afraid there
A sassy duo worthy of the song lyrics.
When we're very young, we're afraid of many things - the dark, monsters, strangers, asparagus. But when we get old, we're afraid of things we never worried about as very young kids - what others might think of us or whether or not we look silly, and it gets in the way of our ability to play. These two lovelies reminded me of the pure joy of being immersed in your imagination, and in the comfort of someone who really gets you.
In all honesty, this piece took much more than one day to create, but I saved the finishing touches for this month. I was a bit sad to be done, as these two brightened my studio and kept me smiling for days on end. I will add them to my joy pockets. :) Already, this journey into the woods is proving to be a delightful adventure
1/3/2017 01:24:43 pm
Jen, I love this painting in part b/c it is nothing that would ever occur to me to paint, in part b/c I would have no idea where to begin to create some of the effects, and in largest part b/c it so captures the total ability my two granddaughters (on the cusp of 10 and 7) have to step into their imaginations in the blink of an eye. Love that huge bear, love those two girls, love your painting!
1/3/2017 01:43:28 pm
Dotty! Thank you so much! This is my favorite kind of painting to create...one which is pure imagination! So many of the effects are just non-traditional painting tools - like paper towels and old credit cards. I also like to paint with my hands. No surprise there, right?
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