With my 43rd birthday coming and passing, I felt the need to do it up a little extra special this year. I celebrated by having a birthday week instead of just one day. It was a blast! My emotional landscape has been on quite a roller coaster of sorts over the past few months so I really needed to not let the numbers 4 and the 3 get in the way... As mentioned in a previous couple of posts I have been going through some past trauma from an incident that happened long ago...Time has a way of softening the blow, but it has been a slow process of going through the steps of recovery... Funny thing is I'm not like that- I'm such an instant gratification girl. I want everything fixed now. I want me to be fixed now, and I will burn the candle at both ends to make that happen. I've always been like that, very driven. Its always been a positive part of me except when it comes to this... I need to slow down and breathe, and maybe CREATE...
Thankfully a wonderful project came my way for a girl who happened to have a birthday just around the same time as me. She is a dear client/friend who has some really special pieces of mine and this piece was requested as a commission for her birthday.
I have not done three dimensional cakes in awhile but they are always so fun to do.
(my favorite contrast is soft and pink with chunky little nails)
I like to add some edgy elements to an otherwise very pretty surface
What is her desire???
Many textural elements add to the final outcome. Occasionally I teach this workshop in my studio. I think the most important message that I try to convey in this workshop is that it is all in the details and less on the big stuff. aka (found object)
For me the found object pieces are the secondary players in my work. The backgrounds are what define and give my work its character.... the little smudge of graphite or doodle, collage elements, etc... Adding the sweet little doll head is like icing on the cake!
My favorite elements, rusty doorknobs, pearls and polkas combined!
I hope the birthday girl loves her cake- it is on its way soon...
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." The above speech for Nelson Mandela by Marianne Robertson
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