4/13/12

foliage, spring, and more

I did it.  I actually made a piece of art to submit for Seth Apter's open call for art in conjunction with the publication of his book (read all about it here).  I read about it weeks ago but decided I couldn't participate - you know all the usual 'I'm not good enough' thoughts rolling around.  Then I saw the entry by my blogging buddy Karen at IamRushmore and had to tell her how great hers was - but that I am a big chicken so wouldn't be sending anything.  W-e-l-l that didn't fly.  She immediately responded with some very encouraging words, ending with "you are worthy".

I thought. I ruminated. I daydreamed. I mused. I embraced "you are worthy".  I got busy.


I started my 5x5 piece with a layer of tissue paper printed with "I am worthy" over and over to completely cover the watercolor paper. Then I layered on pieces of a dress pattern tissue. Then some paint and stencil layers, mostly obscuring the original words (cuz I'm not really sure I'm worthy).  Then, draw the branches, collage on the leaves in a combo of new growth colors (representing my growth as an artist).  Finally, I decided to add a layer of vellum to further obscure the image and add some mystery.  The beads serve as the blooms on the branches....





It went out in the mail to Seth today.  All I can say is a huge thanks to Karen for the kick in the butt and the reminder that we're all amazingly worthy, we're all incredibly capable, we're all deliciously creative.  Just give yourself permission.  THANKS KAREN.

So this little gem is also showing up for Inspiration Avenue's foliage prompt, Artist's PlayRoom (a new weekly challenge offered by Jenn at Just Add Water Silly) spring prompt and Creative Every Day.

11 comments:

  1. Loving your wonderful leaves, its a beautiful piece Terrie. Annette x

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  2. This is a beautiful piece! I love the paper you used for the buds, and the overlay of vellum really does add mystery. You are definitely worthy, my new friend! APR and IA challenge

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  3. you ROCKED it. It's beautiful. You inspire me all the time so I'm glad I could return the favor.

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  4. While I can so identify with the "I am worthy... really? " insecurity, I can give you a resounding :YES YOU ARE! And not just because this piece is amazing... Love your process and diversity of medium used!

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  5. Great job! You are worthy!!!! Wish I had read about this call sooner :).
    Stay inspired!

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  6. I am so glad I followed the link from Creative Every Day. You are soooooo worthy! Love your blog and have subscribed.

    xoxo

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  7. I admit, your entry to Seth is SO, SO much more worthy than mine. Lovely, lovely, lovely. And of course, a great IA challenge entry, too.

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  8. Terrie, this is such a beautiful, heart-felt piece that is absolutely more than worthy. I'm so proud of you for heeding the call (kick in the butt) and going for it! xx (love the new header too!)

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  9. Wow- a beautiful piece and how wonderful to see step by step in its creation.

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  10. Oh Terrie, I love this piece, yes, good for Karen for the nudge. WE ARE ALL worthy, thanks for the reminder, you too Karen. xox

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  11. Worthy in every aspect. Beautiful piece!

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