The idea for this work just came to me....how cool would it be to re-create a masterpice in bright colors and things we use everyday. Her violet dress is actually made of newspaper...in fact, there is a section in the paper about Arkansas troops being deployed to Iraq. Her eyes were cut out of the cover of National Geographic...you remember that girl, I'm sure. The background is tissue paper mixed with glue and water. The lace of her dress is actually textured wallpaper. And...I saved the best for last....the blue "jewels" around the neckline of her gown were actually cut from a diet pepsi can! I had just drank it and figured I should use it too. Everything else, her face, neck, hair and hands are painted with acrylic.
As a child you could often find me quietly "painting by numbers" in my room. More often than not, my paintings were not exactly like those pictured on the box because I loved to change the numbers/colors around. Although I won awards for my artwork in elementary school I never really believed in my heart I was a real artist. I thought that "real artists" could draw anything from memory, and that was a gift I did not have.
When reaching the upper grades we had to choose among our electives. Music...Art...or Dance Team? Although it broke my heart, I chose music and dance. You see, those areas received much more attention, and as an insecure young teenager that was one thing I strongly desired! However, deep...
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