Not too long ago I was asked by a good friend to donate a piece of work for a breast cancer fund raiser. She is part of a walking group called the Pink Ribbon Angels. These ladies are mostly members of our Church, The Church of Holy Apostles, in McHenry Illinois and their lives have all been touched in some deeply personal way by breast cancer. These dedicated and loving ladies walk in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk every year. Last year, was the first year that I donated a piece ("HOPE") and I was so very moved by the process. It seems that whenever I work on a piece that is given from my heart, well somehow I get so totally wrapped up in it. All I can do is think about what or how I will depict what I am feeling, I dream about how the work will look, I search for poignant words to add to the work, and on and on. Then I fret over how the work will be received, will any one bid on it, will it actually raise some money that is so desperately needed to find a cure, am I just fooling myself into thinking someone would actually like the work enought to bid on it, will it relate to anyone? Is it just me or do all artists feel like this? Am I that Insecure?
I decided to post the work in progress so perhaps Michelle will take a little peek. I think that this is against my better judgement mainly because the work is still evolving. I decided to use a theme of friendship.. The work is about how we as women stick together, what friends do for each other especially in times of need, support, love, and understanding. Something that women tend to do better than men is be there to support one another.
The work is done on a prepared piece of masonite called gesso board. This is the first time I have worked on masonite and I will really like it. I probably will not frame it but rather have it displayed on one of these mini easels. The board is about a quarter inch thick. The work is a mixed media and collage piece. I actually used a variety of napkins and altered magazine clippings, text from books etc... for the backgound. Acrylics, oil pastels, inks, and graphite were used to give the effect you see. A brayer was used to apply the acylic paint (I only use Golden paints because I adore the rich pigments). I hope you like the work thus far, Michelle.