Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekly Challenge at Inspiration Avenue- My Hometown- Decatur, Georgia

I had so much fun with this week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue!  The theme was "My Hometown" and I wanted my focus to emphasize how lucky I am to live in a small town with charm and atmosphere with all the added benefits of being five miles from the city of Atlanta.  I'm a third generation Decaturite- my Dad and I went to the same elementary and high schools and each of my three children are currently attending the schools that we went to as well.  I LOVE the continuity of that- it's just so poetic to me.  Anyway, for my entry I wanted to do a mixed media piece (I REALLY wanted to include an art doll, but it just didn't happen this time:)) using a recycled canvas.  I cut the middle piece out to create a frame which I covered with various papers to give it texture. 
For the inside, I used two pictures of the Atlanta skyline that changed with flters and tore to make a layered background for my silhouette, 

For the inside of the silhouette I created a digital image using an antique map of Decatur overlayed with an image of my garden.  Since I couldn't find a quote that expressed what I wanted to say, I made my own up. Can you tell how much FUN I had with this one? 
Happy Sunday, I'm off to check out the other entries at IA


luthien said...

oh wow stephanie!!! love what you did with the hand-drawn map and the last collage is so attractive and perfect!! what a gorgeous entry!

Magpie said...

Stephanie, this is so enchanting! What a fun idea to cut out the canvas to make a frame. Ingenious! I love the colors, and your "quote" is perfect!

You're lucky to be a small-town girl as well as a big-city girl! Best of both worlds!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Simply awesome! The Atlanta skyline is wonderful through the layers, and your garden made a super backdrop for the map of Decatur. Yes, I can tell you had fun with these.

artangel said...

This is a beautiful piece, and so cretaive - I love your ideas! Though I've never visited, I get a real feeling of the soul of your home town :)

Charlie said...

This is so awesome and creative. I love the quote!
It's so great you have the best of both worlds..the big city so close to your town.
This is what I like about SA it a big city that acts very much like a small town.

Sandy said...

Gosh what for a great look.
Very creative and stunning. Love them.

Laura Haviland said...

Stephanie this is beautiful,I love it.
So creative and pretty. Totally amazing !!
What great imagination you use to create this piece and the quote is perfect too.
This is a winner,a favorite for me.
Hugs,Laura. xoxx

patk860 said...

beautiful work of art stephanie! never been to atlanta (except in the airport) but have been to savannah. georgia is a beautiful place!

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Yvonne said...

Gorgeous pieces, Stephanie! Great to hear a bit of your history too! I love small towns too.

priti.lisa said...

I love this work of art...I am a sucker for art with spirit and words and this has it all. Your love shines through in this piece, it's fabulous :)

Christine Edwards said...

Love all the texture you gave it...nicely done.

Sabii Wabii said...

Ok, Am I just totally blind? I could not find any etsy link. I wanted to see more art and figured it must be there because it is in the treasury.