"MY LIFEGUARD 2"
Antique cabinet cards have been my latest obsession along with these gorgeous little pots of paint called Twinkling H2Os. The H2Os are very intensely colored watercolor paints with lots of mica added in so they really glow. They come in tons of irresistible colors which combine to make wonderful, luminous backgrounds for my cab cards.
The cabinet cards themselves make an ideal base for collage work. The images are sometimes comical to modern day eyes but, as I work, I almost always end up wondering what the subject's life was like. Using these cast-off photos gives them a second chance to be loved and adds character and soul that can't always be had with new materials.
I'm in the process of doing a series of these pieces based on this wonderful quote I picked up from a church sign. I saw the quote just before hurricane Katrina hit and knew I had to use it in my art. Then, once Rita came, the words had even more personal meaning for me. Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places sometimes...even from tragedy and fear.
This piece is available: http://tinyurl.com/84lww