Thursday, November 22, 2012

PPF: Safe and Secure

Hi regular readers and PPF Friends! It's been way too long since I played along with Paint Party Friday. This month I've been busy with other things (including a Gratitude Journal - you can check that out, along with my Thanksgiving give-away by clicking on this link), so I'm really happy to have completed something for today. 
I've been tinkering with this art journal page for a while and have finally declared it done. It had its genesis in the Fall Fearless and Fly Prompt #4: Safe and Secure, using warm colors (blues, greens, violets). When I thought about it, I realized that I feel safe and secure late at night, snuggled in my bed, knowing that my family is also safely tucked in all around me. I realized that I had not been sleeping well at all whenever my husband was in the hospital for his chemotherapy treatments.  A few cycles ago, my daughter asked if she could sleep with me while dad was in the hospital. I said yes, and I slept so much better. Now she sleeps with me whenever Paul is gone; it truly does make me feel more safe and secure. The four dragonflies on the journal page represent my family (can you see the little hearts). The two plum damsel flies are the dog and cat (who sleep with me and my husband) and the solo plum damsel represents my daughter's dog, who sleeps with her. The dragonfly stencil is from Club Scrap. The flowers are stamped with gesso. Besides the blues, greens and violets, I also used micaceous iron oxide around the edges. 
Thanks to Artists in Blogland for sponsoring the Fall Fearless and Fly challenge series and Kristin and Eva for sponsoring Paint Party Friday. To see the rest of the PPF entries, check out this link. Thanks for stopping by!

34 comments:

Christine said...

Love the purples in this work!

Amy said...

Wow Rinda, this is a really beautiful piece, the details make it wonderful and I love the story behind the art!

JKW said...

The art work is amazing, colors and story. Blessings, Janet. PPF

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous page, very calming. The colors are wonderful, and the meaning behind it is especially nice.

duaa said...

Love the hidden meanings in your beautiful journal page.The blue and purple tones are really calming.Your art seems to speak out; your expression is incredible!

Duaa

froebelsternchen Susi said...

a beautiful Journal entry.. I love dragonlies and you made a fabulous page with them!

scrappyjacky said...

What a wonderful page,Rinda....I love the meaning behind it....those gorgeous colours....and how the daisies seem to be encircling you all in safety.

Valentina said...

Your works are fantastic

NatashaMay said...

I love purple and those dragonflies rock. :)

Anne said...

Purple is my favorite color. Your art is not just beautiful, the story behind it is so sweet ! xx

denthe said...

So great to hear the story behind yoyr page. It makes it all the more interesting to watch.

alexa said...

You look cosy and safely held in this lovely piece ...

soulbrush said...

This is awesome.Happy PPF.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely work ~ so creative and delicate ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Laurie said...

I love the gratitude journal work, this is beautiful as well, magical and mystical!

Karen said...

This is so beautiful, and the story and symbolism makes it so very special. The colors are so soothing.

Jessica Sporn said...

very very beautiful and meaningful journal page. i love that you symbolized your family with these sweet dragonflies. My husband works nights and I, too, have a hard time sleeping until he comes to bed in the wee hours. Prayers to your husband. Happy PPF!

Gloria said...

This is so beautiful and a wonderful tribute to family love and comfort.

Netty said...

Great story and loving your stencilled page. Happy PPF, Annette x

carlarey said...

Everything about this is beautiful!

laurie said...

i love those deep, dark colors on your page and the symbolism that makes it so meaningful.

Sharon Evans said...

Love the story behind makes the journal page extra special. I adore the dragonflies.

Gloria said...

Hi Rinda. Hope your Thanksgiving was great. Happy Thanksgiving to you albeit late. Love your journal page and the dragonflies are awesome. Very nice. Love what they all mean. Happy PPF!

Anne Manda said...

This is truly wonderful, it's such a nice , pretty composition with lovely colors! The story behind the painting makes it even more precious. <3

aimee said...

just wonderful! the plum color is magnificent!

lorik said...

I like the blending of green to purple and the pretty patterns.

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous piece, Rinda!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Beautiful colours which work so well together here. I love to read the stories/inspiration behind your journal pages Rinda x

Alison said...

Love the inspiration for this lovely page Rinda!
Alison xx

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Hi Rinda ~ I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

I just love your page here, but I really loved reading what it represents for you. I think it's awesome that Clara is sleeping with you while Paul is away - I love that you are coming together to support each other that way.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Beautiful page! Love the dragonfly symbols.

Irene said...

My favorite color. I'm wearing purple today. HaHa. Love the story that inspired this page. Those little red hearts are so cute on the dragonflies. I think you are never to old to sleep with your child or mom for support. Keeping Paul in my prayers.

Joanna said...

Beautiful artwork with a touching story behind it.

x

Karen Smithey said...

wow. Beautiful art, and an even more beautiful story--

Happy PPF!