It is to Listen to the Stories...

I know I may seem slow over here.

I'm mostly quiet on social media and less than prolific with new pieces at the moment, but I'm trying to be intentional with what I focus on and not try to do too much. (If you're new around here, you'll get a little more context from seeing what's been going on by reading this post about my Mom's passing and this post about visiting Kensington Gardens.)

As part of diving deeper into trying new styles and techniques while really celebrating the stories I love (and specifically Peter Pan at the moment), I'm taking the Make Art That Sells Self-Paced class by Lilla Rogers.  It's a good way to bring a little more structure into my exploration at the moment, though I'll still be doing my own projects and custom work throughout.

I probably won't do Peter Pan for every single assignment, but for this one it worked out, though not at all how I planned it. (Maybe that's my problem--too much planning.)

The assignment was to use collage to create a large piece of wall art, focusing on the colors purple and blue, and including a quote.

I'm not really a collage gal, so this was a push for me. I like trying new things, but got kind of frustrated and felt like I was faking a little too much here, but ya gotta try stuff, right?

I had no idea I was going to use old photographs in this one as well, but the quote I chose from Peter Pan just kinda fit the way I feel about them: the photographs themselves are tiny bits of stories, leftover after the main characters have come and gone, like Peter's skeleton leaves on the floor of the Darling's nursery.

‘Do you know,’ Peter asked, ‘why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.’
— J.M. Barrie

It went through several unfinished iterations, and after a whole bunch of tries...

I ended up embracing the whole mid century vibe that's been trickling into my work, even though it's not really when I meant for things to go with this one. I may tweak it a bit more before it's done.

I'm never quite sure these days where my work is going to go--more of the mid century bold, or the enchanted storybook style. 

I'd love to know--which do you like most, and why?