5 x 7

Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?

I had been waiting for the right opportunity to use the image of the little girl (or perhaps it is a young boy) and was so excited when I saw the topic for this week. The original plan for the piece was for the child to be holding an artist's palette in one hand and a brush in the other with words that said something about the importance of honoring imagination in our children, but as I went along I discovered a scrap of paper with the nursery rhyme Sing A Song of Sixpence and the whole idea was quickly changed.
I did the background part using watercolors and a charcoal pencil. The photo which was colored in photoshop was mounted using those pop dot foam thingies. I needed the child to be raised a bit from the back. The sign is also held in place with a foam dot. The feather is one I found on the back porch.
Red oil pastel lines the edge (though in the photo it looks a bit pink).

I added the 4 and the heart, then rounded off the edges to also turn this into an oversized playing card for a yahoo group I joined not long ago. The theme for the 4 of hearts is "birds." -there is a different theme for each card. Isn't that cool? I am a bit late jumping on the bandwagon but I thought it would be fun. You can see some really cool personal art deck cards by clicking here.


vicci said...

Love this! so much Tricia!

Jamie said...

This is a beautiful piece Tricia. I am working on a chair piece too:) My husband installed Photoshop for me this week, but I haven't had time to play yet. This piece has me motivated to start it up:) I was just now telling a friend about your awesome Freecycle dollhouse. I Freecycle also and have been able to really meet some great folks in the area. It was especially great when we changed the kids rooms to "big" boy themes. I just posted and everything was taken and really loved. I like knowing that it gets a good home. Goofy, huh? I really enjoy your site and I started visiting around the time you were learning all about transparencies. I would have loved to have bought your "All Alone" piece. It is lovely.


FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh, Tricia! This is just exquisite. There is something about that little person, innocent and sweet, yet quite determined! Will you be selling this piece in your etsy shop?

It is just wonderful.

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Oh Tricia! This is so fabulous!! xo-Melfie

carlene federer said...

great piece, love how you interpreted the prompt of "chair"...I definitely need to check out that Artwords site, you make it look so cool and fun!

Brandie said...

Beautiful, as usual! Cool link too, what an awesome project!

As far as my comment on your dollhouse post... I meant every word. You are doing an awesome job girl!

vicci said...

Tricia....Go to my blog and take the challenge! :-)

Shona Cole said...

wonderful, I love the turquoise blue and that pink, very unusual mix

lauren said...

This is great work! Love it!

Hélène Deroubaix said...

amazing! I think this image is very touchful and there is something so sweet and kinda poetic about it!
I love your work!

blessed be

Deb L said...

I just adore this!

Kathrine said...

Love the colors! Houses, birds and children...my favorite.

lindaharre said...

Tricia......I love this piece and anything with chairs????? Great! Thanks for visiting my flickr site! I am going to your right now!!!!! Hugs, Linda