Monday 26 April 2010

All dressed up and nowhere to go!

I was all dressed up ready to go out and explore - and - the car wouldn't start.


Phoned the AA and a knight in shining yellow armour came to my rescue within 35 minutes.

Despite his big black charger - even the knight could not breathe life into my silver horse powered carriage and rescue me! - My battery was as dead as the proverbial Dodo.

So what does one do?

Well I walked into the village through the church grounds (where once my stepgrandaughter aged 5 at the time - was skipping at my side as we went past the ancient tombstones - where we stopped to read some names. She asked me all about the different ones, the engravings on them, then we went along another row, where the moles had been busy and there were mole hills. "Nana" she said, "see those piles of dirt - is that where the people are trying to get out?")    She is 15 now!

Anyway, I digress, a walk through our lovely historic village, through the church yard looking at all the wild flowers, and a bright and breezy, "Hello" from the chap mowing all the lawns - soon dispelled any lingering disappointment at my aborted shopping trip.

I crossed the green, past the bowls club, and headed for the little village garage.   Explained my damsel in distress plight and they got on the phone, ordered the new car battery I needed, and old Malcom and his equally elderly friend who hangs out at the garage, came this afternoon and fitted it for me.   How's that for service!

So never being one to sit still for long and having time to fill before Patrick came back from bowling, I decided I ought to have some playtime.

After the daydreaming through the church yard to times gone, by I decided to 'do' another vintage bag.

The picture  I used, I found on the Art Creations Friday blog, and it was digitally altered by
Terri Daugherty - but there was no link to her blog only her name on the photo.
I Googled her with the aim of asking her  if I could use her image - but failed in finding her

So if you see this Terri or know Terri - I hope she will not mind my playing with it. 
It is not for gain or for sale - just something to keep me busy.

So I painted it, and stamped it

And painted some more
And painted and stamped even more. 
The background, her scarf, her lips, her eyes, the flowers - and more, more, more, more.

And gradually built up the layers until it looked like a painted canvas
The colours are now different too!

For some reason it looks darker in the photo below  - taken from a different angle I guess.
But the true colours are those of the close up - shades of brown, sepia, creams etc

I do hope that Terri takes it as a compliment that I used her image
It's kept an old lady very happy for a day.

So what shall I do tomorrow?
Why get all dressed up to the nines again - and go and explore and shop!


Aisling said...

What a beautiful piece of art, Lottie!

Xhanthi said...

That is so beautiful! Really gorgeous. It would make the perfect book bag.

How did you get the image on the bag?

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow this is fantastic, love it. Sorry to hear about your car, hope you manage to get out tomorrow.

Claireabelle said...

Lottie this is just fantastic!!! Sorry to hear about your car but the story of your grandaughter and the mole hills did make me chuckle!!

Unknown said...

Thank you for your lovely comments - I forgot to mention that I used an iron-on image transfer paper - then 'gasp' painted over it once I had transferred the image onto the hessian.

I know - dangerous huh - but I felt a bit reckless!

Sally H said...

Stunning bag, Lottie. Your story of your granddaughter really made me smile

Createology said...

I love your way of taking distress and turning it into a wonderful day and story to tell. Your bag is lovely. You must have special vision to "see" such a canvas from a digital picture. Well done. Happy creating...

Pearl said...

Car troubles sounds like me lately. I really like this bag what a picture! I like how you alter them with paint and they turn out much better. Blessings, Pearl

Sid said...

Fantastic little excursion you had Lottie, the piece you have made is fantastic !

Angelnorth said...

Absolutely gorgeous Lottie, it would seem a shame to load her down with spuds and carrots at the shop! Hope your car is feeling much better with its new battery installed!

Unknown said...

Hope your car is feeling a bit better ... the bag is gorgeous ... very gorgeous indeed!

Kathy said...

What a beautiful piece of art

Christine B. said...

Sorry to hear about your car. Glad you got it fixed. Your picture is beautiful. Enjoyed the story. Hugs x ChrisB

Rosie said...

This is just beautiful! Is the image on a separate piece of fabric, or do you put it on the fabric and then make it into a bag? Wow!

Sandies' Patch said...

Never an idle moment in Lottieland 'eh? I do like your latest artwork! (I'm sure Terri won't mind...

Sandie xx

June said...

Ohhh wow !! Love how you did this my friend, you are always so busy i never know how you find time to do such beautiful art too
hugs June xxxx

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Beautiful work! So happy I found your blog through Pearl..I'll be back to see you often :-)

Cath Wilson said...

I missed this - sorry! It's stunning, really, really beautiful :)

LazyKay said...

Beautiful work on the image.

How nice that your unplanned walk was so enjoyable - sometimes unexpected alterations to plans work out well.