a new Word Up over at OLW -- Surround. I really love this word Jessi selected. My life is surrounded by so many good things-- family, friends, my church family, faith, HIS grace, laughter, etc. i could go on and on. But this word also does something else for me. It reminds me to surround myself with things to help me stay positive. It makes me want to take notice of all the blessings in life, to see the beauty surrounding me. I want to drink deep all the love, all the comfort, all the inspiration this life has to offer. I want to embrace it completely.
For my piece, i created a mixed media canvas trying to capture that beauty that does surround me as a little reminder how blessed i am. i wanted something serene, calming but full of layers. I started with an 8" x 10" wood canvas building up layers of texture through gesso and fabric. I collage some pieces on the background and then layered on lots and lots of color through many mediums. Next i painted the small canvas after adding the music paper. I colored the filigree piece and stamped the word surround on the metal accent, purposely turning the "r" upside down. it's a reminder to me that even though i sometimes feel like my life is upside down that i am always surrounded by love & beauty. I then used the cherry blossom stencil to pencil in the twigs & blossoms before painting the image with acrylic paints. I embossed the metal leaf and burnished it before adding it as the last layer.
I hope you'll join us this word up!