Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Something old, something new

Something old, something new...

No weddings here, just an entry for an art challenge. The Three Muses' prompt delighted the Muse who has found her MoJo again.

I'll tell you in a minute how I made it, but you know me and my Muse; we never can be content with just posting up a pretty picture. We like to ponder and stretch fingers across keyboard.

Something old: I feel my age. In just a few days I shall reach the year that sees my 40th birthday. When are you middle-aged? Surely not yet? I don't feel middle aged that's for sure. I have far too much still to do before I start watching Countdown and buying comfortable shoes.

Something new: I may be nearly at the top of the hill, but I have something new. Today I received official notification of my Ltd Company status. The Wright Stuff Communications Ltd has been noted by the Inland Revenue. The Tax Man is watching me... I am a Company Director which sounds rather grown up and highly suitable for a soon-to-be-4o-year-old.

And now to the art...

Ancient arches and crumbling ruins. Ghostly remembrances and forgotten romance. What histories have danced through this garden? What overlaps between past and present seeping between the cracks in masonry? Old and new collide and compete but the magic remains constant...

This piece was inspired by a page in a magazine. I painted a strong background then attempted to transfer the image using gel medium. Half way through the rubbing off process I stopped and kept the backing page. It seemed to have melted into the other scene like it was meant to be - a magical overlap. I added lots more paint and the old book to add to the sense of ever-changing stories.

It was fun and another almost 'accidental' piece. If you're still feeling creative, I'm running a challenge on my blog looking for submissions of accidental art. I'd love to see what you might have.

28 comments:

  1. I love your ramblings and you're as old as you feel! In my case, ninety nine... he, he - only joking. Forty's a great age :)

    Love the artwork but especially love the mystery.

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  2. oh sweetie, enjoy 40!!! trust me when I tell you (54 is lurking around the corner for me) that I was at my best physically and emotionally in my early 40's.

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  3. Congratulations! on your Ltd - and you are wonderfully creative, no matter what your age!

    I adore this - it speaks to me of moonbeans and fairy tales in a magical garden ... beautiful!

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  4. Contragulations of being a company director! What a gorgeous grown up you are! :D And your artwork looks fantastic .... Old and young just word. I believe we should concentrate on how energetic and creative we feel on a day to day basis.

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  5. Love this one, very yummy. A place I would like to visit.
    You are only as old as you allow others to make you feel. I just turned 46 on the 26th and I have more energy than most young people I know. I feel young.

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  6. You'll always be beautiful, no matter your age, as you have an incredibly big heart and talented soul. LOVE your creations. :) Hugs!

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  7. oh man... 40 ? phift! that's just the beginning of life! at 40 you achieved your key to freedom .. in life and career and art :) isn't that great :))

    this latest work of yours reflects the multiple and beautiful layers of you, still romantic as evident in the fairytale castle and garden, still mysterious and unreadable as symbolized by the script hidden within all that beauty and of course still stunningly beautiful :)) this must be one of your most beautiful creation, my fren!!

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  8. Wow this is fantastic.
    Wonderful work.

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  9. oh, you young chicken;) i always love to read the words of your post! and the picture is altered wonderfully!!

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  10. Thank you so much for commenting on my Three Muses piece. I absolutely love yours!! And coming from someone who is soon to be 56, you will love the 40's--I had a great time, and to tell you the truth, the 50's aren't too bad either! I'm glad that I found your blog, Diane.

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  11. Lisa I have recently entered my '60s and I suppose now I can call myself middle aged, so you have a way to go yet. I love what you have done with your Muses piece and I just love accidental art, so I will be over shortly to take a peek at your challenge blog. Congratulations on your recent achievements, and don't think too often about the tax man.

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  12. A brilliant piece and I love your discription of how you made it. Ah yes, these happy accidents. On a different note, trust me, from where I am sitting you are still very young!!!
    And congrats for your new achievement!

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  13. Stunning piece, Lisa! I love it.
    And believe me, 40 is a brilliant age! I speak from experience :-)

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  14. ...and we're SO glad you found us, Lisa! That should be a capital MOJO. This piece is absolutely gorgeous. I love the thought of the past fading into the future, and you've captured the thought so creatively. Beautiful. .... and I wouldn't worry about 40, or 50, or 60, or 70 ... I'm looking at 76 in a couple of months, and life is STILL exciting!

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  15. You are YOUNG...I am 56 and now feel middle aged...but hope to feel this way for another 20 years at least!!! :))
    Love your piece...very dreamy and I think accidental art is the best kind!

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  16. Beautiful digital piece, I am really enjoying looking at every little element! Have a Wonderful New Year filled with Happiness & Good Health!!
    Hugs,
    Susie

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  17. I love this piece!!!! it is so beautiful....so much to see and so beautiful!!! I am so happy we met through blogging and look forward to 2010 and seeing more of your work!!!!

    Happy New Year!!!

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  18. Very cool how it came about... and ended up as a really cool piece! I've got 11 years on you and I still feel like Polly Pan!!
    Accidental art, huh? Have you SEEN my work! Mwahahahahaha.......... ;o)

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  19. Scrumptious piece of art, age is just a number, as they say 40 is the new 30, enjoy your 40th and 2010!!!

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  20. Your "ramblings" make for a splendid read. I enjoy them so much, especially the one above. Your Something Old, Something New picture is absolutely scrumptious. I love it - a lot. (PS - I am not likely to be seen prancing around the beach in a bikini at any time soon!! It might bring the whale patrol out - with harpoons.)

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  21. A fabulous enchanted piece and I so love your writing- what fun this is!

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  22. Love what you did with the gel transfer...and the colors in this piece are gorgeous...

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  23. magical and pretty...I'd love to walking around there in that garden

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  24. Oh my, this really has it something! Fabulous details and the colors - just simply wow!

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