Sunday, August 9, 2009

Remember Abby? Her Lesson is A Good One

Greetings all,
I would like you to meet Abby. She is a shy little girl from a poor family. Abby is smart and understands many big words.
Abby learned a very important lesson when she was very young.

Abby loves dragonflies.
And she loves playing dress up too.

Sometimes she gets into her moms make-up.

Abby is often sad when others make fun of her torn and tattered clothes. Sometimes people will use words they think she does not understand, but she does. She knows they don't really mean the awful things they say.

Abby knows her freckled made-up face, her best clothes and shoes and a beautiful crown will always put a smile back on her face.

Abby came to me in a dream. She was inspired by a poem I had written...

This is a mixed media collage painting created on a board roughly 24"x10"x3/8". I used acrylic paint, fabric, tissue paper, an iron on dragonfly, computer generated words, magazine clippings, buttons, twine, Sobo Craft and Fabric Glue and Mod Podge to create Abby's Lesson. I adhered words and phrases cut from an old children's book to the sides all the way around.
Abby is my first attempt at creating a real looking face. I don't know how artists create such beautiful faces. Her nose gave me so much trouble. Her face is so dirty because of all of the erasing and doing over. I wanted her to have a dirty freckled face and I guess she definitely got one. In my original sketch she had pigtails. I tried, I really did, but the pig tails idea was just not working. I like how the twine gives her hair a bit of a messed up stringy look.
It doesn't matter if a little girl comes from a poor family or a rich family. When she's all dressed up she can still feel like a little Princess.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Abby as much as I enjoyed creating her.
Oh, and a big thank you to my granddaughter for helping me find just the right crown for Abby.
Have a great week and remember to


lori vliegen said...

tess, abby is absolutely precious! i'm so glad to finally meet her....and that's a valuable lesson she has to teach! you did a wonderful job (i think you did a fabulous job on her face!).....she's perfect in so many ways! :)

Anne said...

Hi, Tess! Abby is fabulous! Love her message! :-)

Joyfulsister said...

HI Tess,
Well I think she is beautiful and so is her story, I don't have the gift of drawing but my siblings do and my son, I just write Poetry and crafting. I think I will try a face, I have hard time with noses as well lol.
I wanted to drop by and say hello and see how you were doing.

Hugz Lorie