Thursday, October 16, 2014

Healing Art

Hello Lovelies...
Today I wanted to share a new project that I finished this past week. I had such a joyful time working on this piece, it was something just for me, from my heart.
A celebration of life, and to cherish the memories of someone that is no longer with me. My Dad.
I have been carrying a mighty heavy load this past 7 yrs. with the passing of my father, trying to straighten out a big probate mess that has involved lots of icky complicated things, with attorneys, accountants, and the like.
Living in this negative space has been tremendously overwhelming at times, hard to breathe, stuck.
I have just had to put one foot in front of the other, wait, and have FAITH that it will all work out.
After a year of trying to sell his home, and 3 almost sales, it finally sold this past month. 
I can start to feel some closure, and begin healing this part of me, that could not be healed before now.
It's time to move forward, and has been a long time coming.
This floral beauty, is done on a 12 x 12 canvas. I started with my background, adding lots of texture with stencils and modeling paste, fabric bits, and acrylic paint, inks, and stamps.

 I selected a vintage image that I liked for the profile, and started building the piece with things I had in my stash. Metal embellishments, old jewelry pieces, a stained butterfly, millinery flowers, a Tim Holtz metal clock, and vintage buttons.
 A special element I used in the piece, was to  incorporate and add the key to my Dad's house, and the cherish metal charm.
 Beneath the colorful blooms, I added a secret letter to my Dad, and a promise that I intend to keep.

 To celebrate each and every given day, and to be Thankful for the time I have been given.

 I don't think you ever "get over" loosing those we love. For me, to celebrate the memories I can hold in my heart, and to have a keepsake to reflect upon, is healing the bits and pieces slowly, that have been buried under all those layers until now.

It's hard to tell from the photos, but there is a lot of sparkle in there too. In the evening light, it's purely magical!
I used Antique, gold paper doilies, at the bottom. I absolutely love the texture of these. They are just so pretty! A copper and bronze was also added for some more interest, and contrast. 

 I really love the way this canvas turned out! I used many colors of fall in this piece. Gold's, bronze's, burgundy, oranges, yellows, all in various shades, to reflect my favorite time of year.

 I finished it up with a pretty, petite, vintage style frame, and will be happy every time I look at it. I could just stare at her for hours.
Thanks for following along, and I hope you enjoyed my post today, as this one is rather special.
As for me, I intend to CELEBRATE the rest of the day, and hope you do too.
~Susan Xo


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vintage Charlotte Witch

Hello Lovelies.
Are you loving this beautiful fall weather?
Delicious isn't it?
 It's such a special time of year for me, I always feel my most creative during this time, just before Halloween.
Been working on a few new things this past week, and trying to spend as much time in my studio whenever I can.
I was inspired by a post I saw on Graphics Fairy. "Such a great site, if you haven't visited, I suggest you do." Not only are there many free images to use, there are also some great tutorials as well.
The one that caught my eye, was making garden signs from vintage tart tins. So I gave it a whirl, and added a few other elements to complete the piece.
I love the look of mixing different colored metals, adds a bit of intrigue, I do think.
The tart tin was hammered out flat, and then the letters were added with a metal punch.

 Holes were punched in, to tie the tin to the back, which is an old car bolt. The side has a few holes, to secure the Charlotte witch in place.
A bit of bling, lace, flowers, and a potion bottle were added at the base.

She turned out pretty spooky, and sweet. I love the look of this Charlotte too, grungy and aged. She will make a nice display to add to my décor this year.
Thanks for visiting, and Have a Magical Day!