Saturday, January 12, 2008

Doorways ~ 4x4 Lottery Entry

The ARTchix lottery theme this week is "Doorways". There is such incredible art in the lottery, I had to submit an entry. Doorways have so many different meanings. To me, they symbolize change, movement, a journey. I had the background made for something else but decided that I loved the color and wanted to use it for this entry. As a sidenote, the paper is 140# watercolor paper. I wet it slightly and using a burnishing tool, I rubbed the wet paper over an old tin that had raised designs on it so it looks kind of embossed, can you see it? After it was dry, I painted it with rusty-copper lumiere paint. I love the color and texture of it. It kind of shimmers in person. :-)

ANYWAY, I added the AC transparency, the brads and the little 3-d embellishments made from clay (another new favorite of mine). I placed the punchinella partially on/off, I mean the lady, which symbolizes a door or gate...partially open. The copper frame around her face is a window...she looks out but doesn't know if she should step out or stay in...the gate is partially open...hmmm...the key is there, what should she do? She will pass through the doorway but not without a bit of fear because... she still remembers. Namaste, Carol


Lenna Andrews said...

just b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l Carol!

: ) lenna

Kim said...

Very nice piece Carol! I had a look at your Valentine ornaments too - wow! Lotta talent goin' on , and hp honors on Whimsy to boot.
Are you having a Very Good Week or what?

Dawn said...

Love this self portrait Carol, and love the way you share how you create your art xxxx

Mija said...

thanx for giving some insight to your intention with this piece. it is beautiful and obviously quite meaningful. thanx for sharing with us sweetie!