A map-based piece… from True-North Art‘s Map-prompt.
I began with a star-map, then added a Soulcollage card; ‘Gypsy’
Then came Alice, wondering about the door, and the words…
“If you aim for the moon, you’ll land amoung the stars.”
(Paraphrased from many places.)
and a snippet from Skinny White Chick‘s song Firebird’s Child, which I love, which makes me dance, which inspires!
I Present: Carnival
I love the stars, they’re so vast.
The world is so huge… sometimes we just need to be brave and leap.
I’ve just finished my 4 year degree course, and I’m feeling a little at sea. I’ve plans, but they’re big and scary because they require an extra step of effort, of being brave, of leaping into the unknown.
I love Alice in Wonderland, and the wonderland that is life.
I’m opening the door.
I’m risking the fire, because to burn brightly but briefly is better to not burn at all, and always wish you had. And, as SWC puts it in the song…
“You must not fear to blister if you’d live a life in flame!
Freely fly as what you are, keep dancing just the same!
You’ll never know a wonder like the wonders of the flame!
I am girl and firebird and Solace is my name!”
And an inspired moment of poetry:
Aim for the firey stars and the cheshire cat grin of the moon, for our lives are brief and we’ll burn out soon.
We’ve but one chance, and it’d best be bright, so dance, fly, burn! Light up the night!
Kathryn - Collage Diva said:
My dear I share your journey! I’m at a place where I’m taking big leaps and charting a course to reach beyond my dreams. I love the artwork, poetry, and the heart and soul that radiates on this post. Embrace your journey.
Thank you for sharing it. I look forward to witnessing your star dance.
Kathryn, Collage Diva
Thank you Kathryn! You’re good at this encouragement thing 🙂 and I’m delighted to be in such marvellous company!!
Let us chart and leap and dance together, and with all the other beautiful creative people, of course! 😀
*is full of happy*
Kathryn - Collage Diva said:
How is your productive obsession going? I’m mad at work putting together a map gallery of all of the entries. I’m having a blast!
Thanks for asking! I look forward to seeing the map gallery.
I spent an hour or so last night and today making sketches which I’m hoping to get scanned and posted here tonight… and last night I finished the first draft of some almost-philosophical writing around the topic, which I won’t be sharing just yet 🙂
You really are aiming for the stars!
Wow, the layering is fantastic!
I agree…the layering is brilliant….and I can certainly understand the ‘on the brink of everything’ feeling you’re having….exhilerating but terrifying all at the same time…
From one StarWalker to Another!
Being something of an obsessive SF reader, the constellations have kept me company on my creative journey as well!
I love how you put it all together and thank you for writing your thoughts and explanation – it makes it so much more meaningful!
Blessings on your StarJourney(s)!
beautiful work! alice in wonderland is very appropriate parallel, and lovely poetry too…
I have a fairly new blog and have registered with True North Arts for the art prompts and saw your art on her Map Gallery, just wanted to say how much I loved your work and would also love to know how you made it!
Great poem too.
Thank you so much everyone! I’m enjoying looking at your blogs too 🙂
Angie… I actually did this all digitally. The ‘gypsy’ layer is a Card I did for my ‘SoulCollage+’ deck on imaginary lives and so was a collage I’d already done… and then I just layered images, resized and inverted the colours until I had everything as I wanted, and then wrote over the top digitally, but using my pen tablet so its my handwriting. I used a program called GIMP, do you know of it?
Taking the leap,
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