Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Courage


Both my kids were born in water, the first one quite unintentionally as the decision was made at the last moment when asked if I'd like to get out of the pool, my reply was roughly translated into 'are you having a larf? I'm not going anywhere' At some stage during the delivery I remember the Midwife saying 'put your feet down flat and have courage' I've never forgotten this and I don't know whether it's because they were some of the few words spoken to me in English or her use of the word 'courage'.
When I watch my heart go wandering (or stomping) off down the road in the shape of my son I wonder who needs it most, him or me?
On an artistic note, I'm very pleased with the finished 'canvas' I'm continually fascinated how a few pieces of old paper and card can take on a whole new life with a bit of paint and inspiration. In the top right there should have been a butterfly but in the absence of embossing powder I tried a touch of flocking. I remembered it doesn't need to be heated at the exact moment the surrounding wax suddenly woke up and went on it's merry way into the wings of the butterfly. I now have a one-winged butterfly which is somehow fitting to the piece, all in good time, all in good time...
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9 comments:

Gunnels blog said...

wonderful piedes, it´s so fun to folling your work step by step

Linda said...

This is beautiful. You know...I reallllly love your work. Really. You should start selling it on Etsy.

Hens Teeth said...

I really enjoy how you record your art. It's very inspiring and I think your art is wonderful. Yeh, where's the Etsy shop girl!

Nathalie Thompson said...

I love trash to treasure art. I would have never believed you started with paper scraps and a cereal box, if I hadn't read your previous post. Amazingly beautiful results. Margaret, you are a rock star among altered artists!

And I think you are nuts for giving birth in water. :) My first delivery required so many drugs and monitors, I would have DROWNED myself without restraint. heehee

Seth said...

This is stunning. One of those that you wish you could reach into the computer and hold!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Such a wonderful creation M and your inspiration is so beautiful too! Giving birth in water sounds wonderful. I had a nice soak 'before' our youngest son was born here at home. That was very special for us!
I'm headed back for another lookie look at Courage ;)

Melinda Cornish said...

it is beautiful and I love the story of your "courage"!

Viola said...

Stunning!!!

connie said...

love this piece!! the lettering is very cool...