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“After all, hope is a form of planning. If our hopes weren’t already real within us, we couldn’t even hope them.”Gloria Steinem

Saturday, March 31, 2012

atc art spring 2012


Red was the prompt for Feb in the ATC exchange with  artsinthecards folk.
 my mind went  directly to the comb of a rooster,
in fact, Peaches the rooster that shared 5 years with us was y model.
 one of the redest reds i have  ever seen was the afternoon sun shining through the
 comb of the rooster.
 i drew and painted the head. next some layering  and quilting.  a sky blue background made me happy. after i scanned and printed 9 rooster heads on cardstock i had lost some
 of the vibrant color i  wanted.
out came colored pencils and more paint.
still not there,
i turned over the pieces and embossed the comb with a stylus tool to ad demension.  
 lastly, i added  a bit of golden glitz into the neck feathers to show shimmer of light.  


the prompt for March was Lime.

 i have a citrus tree that has lime scented leaves that i believe to be a rough lemon or what i call
 a lumpy lemon. see photo below.
 then there is that song about de lime in de coconut and call me in the a m ...
now i can't get that image or tune out of my mind. i sketched an assortment of slices quickly as
not to overthink this little project.
 then i get out  some paints of yellow and blue
and plain muslin fabric and lightly draw simple arcs for the lime skins
. painting very loose, i reach my bliss.
(and this is why i paint afer all!)
 after the paint is dry i quilt in some slices segrments. the blue between gets tiny circles quilted, and a few cards get seed beads sewn on for dewy drops beore the envelope captures them.
some did not. i also put in one real leaf because i love the fragrance. i sent one leaf  to New Zealand where lime-sniffng inpectors found me out and held up the mail. for weeks.
note to self: do not repeat that leaf sending out of USA if real !
 and in the very last shot at the  bottom  

 having  turned a  card on its side  i now  see a Lime in a bikini!
 you never know where art will lead you but it makes me happy today!
be well!

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