Sunday, February 28, 2010

MMM: Enchanted

"Cinderella"
8 x 10 Canvas



I really enjoyed this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, Enchanted. I am fan of fairy tales (so much history there) and this challenge allowed me to play with the story of Cinderella and the subject of vanity. In the original tale by Charles Perrault, the sisters were not at all "ugly" - and if I remember correctly, the mother was not a "Step" but rather a jealous wife - but they were in fact cold of heart. The quote by Karl Kraus is a favorite of mine and seems to address Cinderella's plight perfectly: "There are women who are not beautiful but only look that way."

This piece was done on an 8 x 10 canvas and covered in sewing tissue for texture. I used several neutral colors of acrylic on top of that and then a home decor stencil to create the background pattern. When dry, I aged it with an outline of copper glitter (haphazardly placed) and a bit of charcoal. The figures were from a decorative scrapbook paper which were cut out and colored with chalk, pencil, pen, glitter and Swarovski crystals. The Cinderella figure remains simple with just a blush of color at the cheek. Finally, I punched out circles from ledger paper and added them below the figures to ground them.

Thank you for your time! To see more Enchanted pieces, please check out http://www.mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com/  Kristin xo

32 comments:

joanna said...

Wow Kristen!! I love how the three figures pop out against the neutral background. Great entry!!

Hermine said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Rosie said...

This is so beautifully composed kristin! I love the sewing rissue in the background and the saying is wonderful. A truly delightful work of art!

Kersten said...

Gorgeous canvas. I love the pretty colors you've added to the top left.

Diane said...

Kristen, I LOVE this!! And I never knew that about the actual Cinderella story--that's so interesting--I'm going to remember that quote :)

Diane said...

Hi Kristin - this is a truly enchanting piece. Love it - and I love the quote too. Diane (MMM)

Kris Dickinson said...

This is gorgeous!

Lori Saul said...

This is spectacular Kristin- it looks like a gorgeous fairy tale book -beautiful design and brilliant color- wow!

haendi said...

Oh, this is just lovely. Cinderella is a perfect choice for this challenge.

Amy said...

WOW..Kristin this is a dream come true..Yes, very enchanting..you amaze me ..always!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Gorgeous artwork...beautifully created.

Sonia ;) said...

Oh that piece is fantastic. I love the quote also. Have a great week.

Smiles

tammy said...

Great take on the theme. So many wonderful aspects to your painting. I like how you chose to omit the faces on the three figures. Their dresses are gorgeous against the neutral background. The home decor stencil really pulls it all together. Beautifully done.

Cindy said...

Oh, this is so beautiful!!!
Just gorgeous!!!!

Faye said...

Kristin, the colors of these dresses are just phenomenal! I love your enchanted piece. Your design is wonderful. Your description of how you did this really whetted my desire to touch it. I bet those crystals really sparkle. A really beautiful work!

Julie said...

This is just beautiful...and so is your little giggly girl...glad to have found you (through Nicola ) have a great week! : )

Sandy said...

OMG I´ve missed my words.
This is facinating. Really lovely.

Michelle said...

Really lovely.

Fabric Art said...

Wow Kristin what a enchanted piece you have made it's so wonderful, I've always loved Cinderella.

WrightStuff said...

This is a brilliant piece. Very cleverly done.

Rhonda said...

Fabulous art! Terrific quote too! Brilliant - cheers!

Diana Evans said...

this is gorgeous!!! wow!!! what a fun piece...and the colours are awesome Kristin!!!

Trudy Callan said...

Wow! So gorgeous.

Kristin, I am so excited about your interest in The Artistic Mother's Group. I can go ahead and add your name to the list if you are planning to get the book in the next week or so; then you can just jump in and join us when you get it. Please let me know if you'd like me to do that. Thanks.

Artfully yours,

Trudy
www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

Janny said...

Beautiful !

Lola ^^ said...

Hey Kristin! thanks for your lovely comment! i liked your artwork as well, i love fairy tales! and the details in the sisters' dresses are gorgeous! i luv glitter :)

Nicola said...

Wow Kristin this is gorgeous!! I love the 'aged' look I'd love to give that a try. The whole look is fantastic with great sentiment behind it too!! Love the glitter too!!! Great piece!
I actually managed to do something for this weeks theme hurrah!!!

msscrooby said...

Your piece is absolutely beautiful. Great take on the theme and a wonderful post.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Just followed U, I will come back to comment! Take care. Thank you. Bye.

Trudy Callan said...

Your work is gorgeous.

How wonderful that you will be joining as we go through Shona cole's book together, The Artistic Mother. I doubt that JoAnn's will carry the book. You can order it from Amazon, pick it up from Barnes & Noble, as well as other book stores. I will get back with you today or tomorrow with other information about the group.

Trudy
www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

Sherry Goodloe said...

Great piece!! Love it *smiles*

Margaret said...

Stunning piece Kristin, I love the intensity of the colour on the dresses, and the sparkle! superb!! something else for me to try, what an inspiration this piece is! Margaret

Michelle said...

This is SO beautiful. Just gorgeous.