Saturday, February 12, 2011

a Valentines Day tail...

a Valentines Day tail 
(yes I am spelling it that way on purpose)
 for you...
Once upon the time there was a statue
who was very lonely.
She had lots of sparklies strewn around her neck
that her owner seldom wore.
So most days she spent being stoic 
and resigned to her uneventful life.
 But one fine spring day
her owner threw open the windows 
to let the lovely spring day make its way 
into the winter home.
And at that very same time a crow saw the open window 
and spotted the sparklies...
 and she called her mate to check it out
as it was nest building time.
So they asked the lonely bust
if they could use some of her treasures
for their nest
and they promised to visit often to tell her
of their 'tails' to far away places.
And of course she answered 'evermore'.
the end
 I just couldn't resist...
"But the raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust spoke only that one word,
as if his soul in that one word he did outpour...
then the bird said, "Nevermore".
 This project was an assignment from Misty Mawn's on-line class. 
I started with a magazine page and it just went from there.
I loved working on the texture of the bust
juxtaposed with the jewelry.
(used lots of stamps including a crackle stamp -
a technique I learned from one of Misty's classes at ArtFest)
Here is the first step
with the magazine picture from House Beautiful.
Just sent this piece to Misty.  
When it returns I will mount it to a wood base 
and probably add real beads and cross necklaces to it.


  1. Oh Pam it is beautiful! And I love the story you told to go with it. I was starting to tear up for the statue...
    I have never heard of a crackle stamp but it sounds interesting and I love the way it looks on your painting.
    Have a wonderful St.Valentine's Day!
    Tina xo

  2. love the story! Your paintings are always the most beautiful and this one is no exception! xoxo

  3. Pam, I'm a fan of your work because I love your style. You do the crackle effect, so well. I find your work inspiring.

  4. Wow this is amazing! I love all the detail and her necklaces! Beautiful!

  5. That was charming! LOVE seeing the process. Beautiful work. xoxo

  6. I could look at this all day, and still find new things--this is what I love about mixed media!

  7. Amazing!!!! I love your art and the theme of your blog-what a wonderful way to put it-art is your singing! Thanks for your comment on my blog and I'm so glad I found yours!

  8. Gorgeous!!!!!! I love seeing all of the details so close-up. I think you did an amazing job on the texture and crackle work. It really looks old! I love it!

    How blessed you are to be able to participate in the art class. I enjoyed reading your fun story to go along with this beautiful post too...:)

    I hope your Valentine's Day was a very sweet one!

    xoxo Gloria

  9. This is lovely! All the details & textures.I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day! ~Theresa

  10. This piece is absolutely stunning..I adore the crow on her head. I have a crackle stamp that I use in backgrounds but have only ever used crackle paste on a to find it now :)
    ~ Lyn (stretching within workshop)