Monday, 15 August 2011
When I was growing up, my dear best friend lived in an old farmhouse on an acreage. When they moved to a house in town, both our hearts were broken! We loved that place! The old wooden swings, the guest house, the long walks along country roads wearing our prairie-girl dresses...It was our haven.
For my friend's birthday this year, I was trying to figure out what to give her. I came across a picture of the view from her bedroom window at that house. With that picture were two paintings I did. The paintings were inspired by both that picture and a passage in my favourite book, The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery.
So for the gift, I combined the two. The paintings were done in 1999 when I was about 16. Just this week, I colour-copied the page from my first-edition book, and glued the relevant passages on to the paintings as a collage. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. The text elevates my juvenile painting ability (which has not improved at all over the past 12 years) to something closer to folk-art. The frames are from the Ikea as-is section. I painted them thickly with silver craft paint, then used wood stain over that. If you'd like to read the entire passage that was my inspiration, check out my writing blog.
Note, beyond that little shed in the picture, in the woods and down the lane that is hidden under the snow, was an abandoned "haunted" house. I never had the courage to go explore it, but I wish that I had.