Sunday, October 11, 2009

MMM: Pink


"Rebel Ballerina"
12 X 16 Canvas Panel
Like most Moms with their first little girl, I could not wait to get baby Kendra into ballet class. I even found an instructor that accepted 2-year-olds (the norm is 3 or 4) to get a jump start on her Prima Ballerina education. Well, although she did look adorable, that was about it. She was not a fan of the class, the shoes, or the forced attention to detail. Even at that age, she must have known that this prissy stuff was not for her. As you can imagine, we did not last long in the class (and she has indicated no desire to return in the two years since), but what we were left with was that wonderful tutu. That tutu has been worn with tap shoes and a bathing suit to the grocery store (why not?), with P.J.'s to bed, with last Halloween's monkey costume (don't ask!) and - in this picture taken a year ago - with a tool belt and nothing else. What can I say? No matter how girlie I am, she has a mind of her own . . . thank goodness!
"Rebel Ballerina" was done thanks to the latest Mixed Media Monday prompt to create something using the color Pink. It was done on a 12 X 16 canvas panel using Gesso and Fiber Paste with ink to create the candy-like background and then layered with the photo printed on watercolor paper before being painted on. Also incorporated within the piece are acrylic paint, vintage wallpaper, music sheets, ledgers and sewing patten paper, colored pencil, melted crayon, mica, glitter, rub-ons, Swarovski crystals (at ponytail), satin ribbon and some pink trim. The nursery rhyme is vintage Mother Goose. To check out more pieces on Pink, check out http://www.mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com/.

20 comments:

Diane said...

What a gorgeous piece - and wonderful story to go with it. My twin daughters were the same with their ballet lessons - they went there to dance, not sit and listen to a teacher, LOL! Thanks for the smile and walk down memory lane. Diane

Diana Evans said...

Hi Kristin!!! I love this so much....reminds me of when I took ballet as a child...what a wonderful memory!!! thank you for sharing your story too!!!

Hugs
Diana

indybev said...

All pink, all feminine, all about love! Beautiful!

Betty said...

Beautiful piece and I love your story too.

peggy gatto said...

"TUTU" perfect a memory to share!
Thanks!

LiveArt said...

AAaaaaw how sweet!! this is beautiful Kristin!!! Loved to read your story about your rebell ballerina and all the use you've had for the outfit :) It's sooo wonderful how our kids have a mind of their own, yet very challenging sometimes :)

Linda

Astrid Maclean said...

This is stunning: cute, clever the whole idea is just wonderful. I also LOVE your art journal spread, fantastic, it really inspired me to go back to mine, - thank you!

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Beautiful story and a very beautiful creation.

June said...

Gorgeous work and also love your journal pages
hugs june x

Hermine said...

Very beautiful

Rosie said...

My DD would've hip-hopped away and left too!! Love your piece and enlarging it, I loved the textured background. Great story and I hope your dreams come true! (especially Kendra's!)

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

Oh how sweet is that?

Nicola said...

What a lovely piece and such a wonderful and funny story!!!I love all the different ways she can wear a tutu. So much work and detail in this piece it is gorgeous. I just love your work as your pieces always have just a lovely story and feel about them!!!

Beth said...

Your rebel ballerina is fantastic!

Amy said...

she is a real princess..so cute..Lovely background and ribbon..adorable..she'll cherish it!

Barbara Hagerty said...

This is so sweet and so beautiful!! I love the story behind it! Both my daughter and my son are serious about dance and are in prof. ballet programs. I showed my daughter your post and she LOVED it, and your artwork!! XOXO

AliMayes said...

Love the story behind this and it reminds me of when I was made to go to ballet classes made even more difficult by the fact that my littler sister was so much better than me !!

peggy gatto said...

I just noticed the adoption info posted on your blog! I was adopted! My mom took care of me while I was at Children's home Society. She was a volunteer who took care of the babies waiting for a home.
I got got to go home with her!!!!!
You and your husband are special people! I will have to send you a special poem I treasure!
could you email me your address?

Janny said...

Beautiful and adorable;o)

Yvonne said...

very gorgeous, love everything, special your story.