Friday, April 13, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: Foliage

Here it is Friday the 13th, the day I post my Inspiration Avenue Challenge entry. I wanted this to be a lucky entry, as opposed to bad luck typically associated with Friday the 13th. I was in luck, too. This week at Inspiration Avenue, Jenn (at Just Add Water, Silly) asked us to make something with foliage.



I confess that I made this last year AND when I loaded it into blogger, it is SO big, it won't fit on the page. So, you will have to click on it to see the entire scan. I guess I saved it wrong, but I do like the resolution you get from this scan.

This piece, called "School of Velocity," and something I submitted for Seth Apter's book, The Pulse of Mixed Media, has both dried foliage and stamped foliage. Other items include sheet music and a cabinet card. I hope you enjoy it, because it is one of my favorite pieces. And yes, it is no longer living in my studio, so I can't quite remember what size it is, but I believe around 8.5" X 11" or maybe 8" X 10". The substrate is heavy board.

I hope your Friday the 13th is lucky, safe, and enjoyable, too. If you like foliage, please check out what everyone at Inspiration Avenue created this week.

25 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

I like it a lot! Happy Friday 13th. Let's hope it's a lucky one indeed...

suziqu's thread works said...

Yes there is something quite lovely about this piece because it is straight from nature. The colours of those petals are beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!
Suzy

Brian Kasstle said...

Oh this page is lovely. I have heard that putting green foliage on a journal page may end up with a bit of mold, you shall see if this is true. I hope not. I love this page!

see you there! said...

I clicked! I like it! The interest created between the stamped and the real foliage is great.

Darla

Dianne said...

This is a wonderful interpretation of foliage! I love the leaves and leaf prints...

Terrie Purkey said...

I love this! The colors are great and I love that it's got real leaves in there. I have the day off and planned to work on my foliage piece today - yours is so inspiring!

Rebeca Trevino said...

this is just beautiful. when i clicked on the image to see the whole thing - i was blown away!

each component in the piece builds on the next: the shades of green of the leaves and the splash of color of the rose pedal really POP against the black and (off)white of the period sheet music. then, the image of the the woman in the vintage photograph adds to the mystery and pulls the viewer in. but, for me, its the translated title of the piece that fetch the final details to the story.

~*~Patty S said...

Well I have tried several times ... clicked on what to me looks like big white space and all I can see is a small red square (a tiny one)... no fair! I guess Friday the 13th isn't lucky for me at the moment?

To answer the question you left on my Magpie's Nest about my wool felting. I felted it all by hand...the needle tool (yellow and green) is shown in the photo with the wool and scissors.
It is key to go straight up and down any twisting and the needles would break. I have had pretty good luck...oh oh better knock on wood!

Have a great weekend Mz E!
oxo

~*~Patty S said...

OK
my luck just changed ;)
I tried one more time and refreshed your page and VIOLA!
your fantastic School of Velocity appeared...
Wonderful in every detail Elizabeth...
so glad I got to see it!
oxo

Jennifer McLean said...

wonderful piece of art Elizabeth!
thanks so much for participating in my challenge, I love your submission. beautifully rendered.
Best,
Jenn

Fallingladies said...

Beautiful piece, and i have always thought of the 13th as lucky as. MY husband was born on friday the 13th

Caterina Giglio said...

love, love love this partial piece! bella... x

Cynthia Eloise said...

nice, i like this. i love using sheet music. the leaves real and stamped work perfect.

sandee said...

I had to make sure I commented as you had 13 remarks...lol So now we are off that number, although I am not superstitious, there is no reason to cause waves...lol Love the altered sheet music and the foliage has a nice effect. Looking forward to our next lesson, and waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That is really terrific! I like the combination of real leaves & stamped ones! Unfortunately, my Friday the 13th is living up to its reputation.

Healing Woman said...

I can tell you exactly where the original is! I own it! You sent it to me over a year ago and I have used it constantly as gift wrap. I make several prints from it, then I tape together and it's gorgeous. Also, I used it for a file folder cover for my filing. When I told you about it, you said that you are paperless now and don't use the folders for bills. I want to thank you again for this lovely collage. I cherish it Elizabeth!

Healing Woman said...

Oh, meant to add that it is 8 1/2 x 11"

Diane ~ said...

Beautiful piece!! :)

Lou Anne said...

I kept wanting to combine sheet music with my foliage but couldn't see how it fit with my picture. I'm so glad you did it. It's really lovely.

BJ said...

It's beautiful Elizabeth. So glad I clicked on the photo to see it in its entirety.

Halle said...

It's lovely! With it as big as it is, I can see that the photo is from a studio in Rushford, MN. About 2.5 hrs drive SE of me.

Lori Saul said...

Wonderful use of foliage so artfully placed- perfect with the music score- poetic collage!

artangel said...

Love the combination of these elements - the shapes of the leaves are really lovely against the sheet music, and the muted colours are wonderful.

gma said...

It is gorgeous!!!
Love the real foliage.
xx

IMGIRL said...

This is beautiful, I love the natural elements!
I am always amazed at your work and I love poking around your blog, so much to information to take in!

Cheers!
Kim