8.04.2007

Perhaps A Singing Bird Will Come

Before I share what I made last night I wanted to tell you about my morning. I came down and was going to post and was on my blog and my eyes fell upon the list of lovely ladies I had nominated for the rockin' girl blogger award. Something was all wrong. "What about Bridgette? Did I forget Bridgette, my kindred spirit? And what about Rande? And Vanessa? Oh my goodness! And sweet Jamie!" All of these wonderful blogs and I just think you ALL rock by the way. That's why I am no good as these types of things.

Anyway, my forgetting has bothered me all day...Please check out these wonderful ladies as well as others on my sidebar. They are all there for a reason and there are more I need to add...

My blog friends are as dear to me as my "real-life" ones. You help me so by encouraging me and offering me your friendship. I have grown as an artist because of you-your inspiration and community. My husband knows you by name because I speak of you as I do friends here in Virginia. I talk about meeting you someday and having tea and doing art together---wouldn't that be cool? Or I mention what awesome art you created and how you have touched me.

I do have an art piece to share. I worked on this last night. Our budget now is beyond tight ( I will just mention quickly that we have a rental property and the tenants haven't paid in a while---5 months I am embarrassed to say--but they have 4 kids-- and we have been covering both mortages and it has been a nightmare---but enough of that cause it gets me all upset!) Anyway, the budget is tight right now and I didn't have a canvas to paint on. I really wanted to paint something biggish to go in the downstairs bathroom so I grabbed a cabinet door I had stowed away under my art table. It had been purchased months ago for 1 dollar. 27 x 13 inches. I gessoed it and went to town! (The tight budget has me using up things I already have so that is a bright side to this. Definitely a wake up call for me!)

The inspiration was a Chinese proverb I copied down last week. "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." Isn't that lovely! I immediately felt a spark ignite and just knew I had to create something soon with this in mind.

Do poems/proverbs/quotes inspire you? What causes your mind to race with ideas? Do you jot them down?


I used acrylics and this neat stuff called Golden sand texture gel. The birdies were collaged on. I haven't gotten the face quite the way I want it...I need more interaction with the birds. hmmmm....something to work on.


Have a blessed day!


update: I did go back and play a bit more with the eyes, especially the left one, also I made the pupils a bit more to the bird on the left and upturned the mouth the slightest amount. I am happy now...shew!!! I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep if I didn't at least try. Isn't that silly? Yes, it is, but that is me I suppose. lol. I snapped a photo but Blogger is being stubborn and won't let me load pics now.

Nitey-nite. I am off to read....

17 comments:

Leah said...

i *love* this piece!! it's so gorgeous. how wonderful that this tight spot has led to a lovely blessing for you.

yes, words, poems, quotes, etc get my mind all a buzz with ideas which i try to get down when i can on whatever paper is nearest to me. :-)

red tin heart said...

I have notebooks full of poems and quotes that I love. Many things inspire me, good books, traveling different places, going for a drive in the country. Music inspires me. I love the quote you posted with your wonderful art. Nita

annie lockhart said...

tricia, i love that you used what you have. i believe that is what true artist do. they just have to create with something...anything, to get "it" created. this piece is just lovely. i have been visiting your blog off and on for a while, as i get many hits off of your site. i added yours to mine tonight, because i find it very real, and inspiring. i love the day to dayness you add. take care, annie

lindaharre said...

Trisha.......I love this piece! Great inspiration. and....I love the part of your comment about cleaning out the house and losing weight:D I can only HOPE!!!!!

A Fanciful Twist said...

OH!! I love it love it love it!!!! Your painting is wonderful! Look at all those wonderful colors! WOW!!!! xxxoo

Lee W. said...

OMG, she's just beautiful! And I love birds. So glad you recycled the door- an new medium, maybe? I'm a wanna be artist, and this is just so inspiring. Can she come live at my house? I promise to take care of her!!

Pilar said...

This is just beautiful! Everytime I visit your blog, I think, "oh, this is my favorite!" then you create something more wonderful! I love the fact you used the cabinet as a base. There is an old world feel to the painting, filled with mysticism and thought. You can really feel the spirit of the wood singing through this piece. :D

bridgette said...

that is a great proverb. must write it down!

these taggin g things are impossible! it's so hard to narrow down. thanks for thinking of me :) Although you should not have felt bad for even a millisecond!

i got your email, will write to you soon!

i love all the little details you have in your paintings. They really invite the viewer to come closer and engage with the piece.

Jo Wholohan said...

Where do I start Tricia???? Gosh you are sooo talented my dear!!! Your green tree peice is stunning, I love the proverb and the idea of it being on a cabinet door is fantastic!!! Often our best work is done when we need to use what we have hey :))

I have a few tips for transfers if you would like ..... ??

Dawn said...

Jeanne had tagged you with the Nice Matters award, so I decided to come check out your blog...love it! Love your work! and I especially love the proverb and the cabinet door painting. Bookmarking your site now!

Judy said...

If I say wow again, i think i may sound like i have dementia - being all repetative, you know but i just cant help myself... so, wow.
I think the cabinet door is awesome, better than a canvas!!! Hmmm, the mind boggles as to what might be your next target with the paint brush - lol! Wonderful art.

audrey h. said...

Another stunning piece. Love the colors :o)

Susan Tuttle said...

Wow Tricia!!--I love what you did on this cabinet door--gorgeous!!! The cabinet door gives it such a unique feel--way better than canvas!!

Susan
xo

Amy Wagner said...

I always love to hear about your whole creative process! I too am so amazed at how much inspiration I receive every day from these mystery women in blogland that I don't know in person.
I laughed when you wrote about talking to your husband about blog women. I talk to my husband too about what so-and-so is up to or what new event has happenned in so-and-so's life. He will say "Who?" I say "You know! My blogging friend! The one that...." and so the conversations go.
I am also experiencing a tight budget time. And you're absolutely right...it is times like these that force us into creativity and make us realize how much art potential we have on hand!!!!!
Amy

Jennifer Conway said...

Absolutely wonderful!

Renee :) said...

Hi Tricia!Long time no hear. :)Just wanted to say how much I LOVE that drawing & doing it on a cabinet door....wow,it's so amazing!P.S.- I'm still in MI,while husband is in Salem. :(

Shona Cole said...

Gorgeous! The colors, the softness, the wistfulness, the inspiration, love it all.

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