I posted these two pics to Instagram today and I just wanted to take a moment to write a little about each one.
The top picture was taken around 1998. My best friend's mom, Jennifer, was a nurse at the Moore County Health Department at the time. She noticed that the children's play area wasn't really, well, playful...so she asked if I could paint a mural. So I did. I painted three, one on each wall in the children's play area. One wall was Mickey Mouse themed, another was Ariel (and friends) from the Little Mermaid and the last, my favorite, was a little scene from Pooh Corner.
When I was working on the murals, a little Hispanic boy was hanging over the barrier while I painted, watching my every move. His mom came by to get him and I remember he pointed to me and said, 'artista'. I will always remember that.
Anyways, I painted the murals for community service for my sorority, the Health Department took care of supplies. It was a win-win.
The bottom image was taken between 2001-2003...I can't remember the exact year. Somehow I found out about a contest that the Tulsa Stained Glass Company was running...so I made an entry. This is the entry. I used Prismacolor Markers and colored over them with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, vertical format...the theme was 'monarch butterfly angel/transformation/ascension'.
Circe 2001-2003 (Can't remember exact date)
My piece won, can't remember if it was for a division or for the whole thing...but I remember I received a cash prize, a small etched glass award and...the best part...they turned my piece into stained glass and I got to keep it!
They made it into more of a mosaic, as it was on a back piece so the light didn't really shine through it...I would've loved to have seen that! Anyway, the piece is now hanging up in John and Jennifer's living room in Vass, NC...where much of my artwork calls home!
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