Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wishbone Extended Remix Version
Wishbone 16 X 20 mixed media for Take a Word and Illustration Friday
This is an older piece that I recently reworked. It tells the story of childhood with all its magic and fears. After I completed her the first time, I actually obliterated the entire left side of the painting, in dissatisfaction, and then just left it for almost a year. I decided recently, though, that the original theme of the painting meant something to me, so I went back and collaged more images to rebuild the underlayer. If you look closely at the background, you can make out the fairies and butterflies and flowers surrounding the little girl, and, if you look very, very hard, you might also be able to see the sea monster and the spiders lurking just under the surface. Can you tell what her wings are made of? That's right: bones. The pelvic girdle, in fact. This image came from an old anatomy textbook I found at a flea market. I also used a piece of lace, a ballet program, roses from vintage postcards, children's book pages, and old sheet music. Childhood is like this; fantasies and nightmares, imaginary playmates and monsters under the bed, terror and wonder in equal parts.
Since several of you have mentioned viewing a larger size, I've put a link here to see the images better.