When I think of "peace," I think of doves. Since I had no time to make anything new for the IA challenge this week, I remembered I had this piece, which eventually became the first mixed media piece in a bird series I made back in 2008. If you click on the image, you will see all the texture I created in this piece.
This work is 8 X 10 on heavy board. The bird is made using texture paste and a stencil I made myself. The background is made up of scraps from another project. I colored the doily with gold pigment ink, and wrapped a ball of variegated yarn, then looped it around the page until it "landed" in the bird's mouth. When I made this piece, it was a study in composition, since that is my weakest area in art. Now it is a symbol of peace, something we all hope for at this time of year.
Since I've already featured Lisa, this week's challenge issuer, I am featuring one of the challengers, Amanda at Scrap Panda. I enjoy Amanda's art, her IA challenge pieces, and her "Top 5" lists of gratitude she offers each week. They all combine to make a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you have ever been in an IA challenge, I'm sure you have visited Amanda's blog. If not, please take a look today. I hope you will be able to leave a comment to her, because I was unable to. No matter what I tried, including signing out of my account, I was unable to leave a comment. However, maybe you'll be able to, because Amanda Panda (her nickname) has a great blog and cool art.
EDIT: I am unable to leave comments on any Blogger blog that displays comments like this. It appears that I would not even be able to leave comments to my own blog. I can leave them when the little box next to "comments:" has my name (Bleubeard and Elizabeth) showing, but not on the ones with an empty box. I have been to EVERY IA challenge blog today. I have tried to leave messages at several IA posts and was unable to. For that I apologize. I'll try to find out if it's a blogger problem or my problem. Thanks for understanding, since it's also what I encountered on Amanda's blog.
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