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Thursday, October 6, 2011

OnceUponATime.....


I had the good fortune to stumble onto this project with the awesome Amy, called "OnceUponATime" basically a never ending story.  And as luck would have it, I was writer number 2- so for the first part of the story click HERE and then read on to hear my part of it.....
So now that the horse knew he wanted to be friends with the girl, he couldn't find her anywhere.  He thought he'd first try looking for her in the  village of the valley 
which was also cool or just plain odd or to be truthful, 
both odd and weird which as far as I'm concerned, equals coolness to the nth degree!!!  
Anyway, as he was walking along, he passed a rainbow of houses, 
and lollipop trees transplanted from the magical Lollipop Forest.....
and in the distance, he spied a scrap of blue; maybe a blue scarf? ......could it be her?

  It was her- she was hanging out in a mini lollipop forest! And she had loosened her scarf to wave it in the wind- to get his attention- and her hair....it wasn't nappy at all!  It had grown back from where the horse had eaten it and now it was all pretty and red!  
Then he heard her calling in the distance... "Catch me if you can....."
So he followed her along the star strewn path
and
leapt  from day to night
because that starry, starry path led to the place where night meets day
but it was OK, 'cause he could just glimpse the blue scarf, 
so  
he knew he was getting close......
 he was running so fast, he barely had a chance to see the houses he was passing. 
But a few things caught his attention....
one house was full of butterflies- so full- they'd lifted the roof right off with 
their hopes for freedom!
 at another house, he noticed a man of questionable origins....
but alas, he had no time to stop for inquiries.....

because he was getting close- he could just see her scarf in the distance
as she flew away on the wings of a moth.....he was getting  so close, he just knew it....
end section 2

I'm also linking this with Paint Party Friday so I can be early for once ;D
Not to be overly melodramatic,but I thought I'd share the meaning of some of my symbolism  I used- 
26 years ago (this past Monday), my brother passed away- 
so the 26 butterflies represent him and his freedom from being a quadriplegic....and even though the horse was Amy's idea, I feel like my brother has followed; watched over me all these years; 
so he's kind of the horse too.....



35 comments:

amy said...

your brother. i'm sorry.
but i love and admire that you honor his freedom. that says so much about you.
(so much good stuff)

your story.
YEah! i love it!!!!
and the art!

holy shit! you knocked my socks off!

i love
LOVE the idea of a place existing where night meets day.

awesome.

(i'm sorry that i wrote shit on your blog. if it bothers you, i'll delete the comment)

xx,
amy

Carol said...

Love your apart of the story and the butterfly part was fascinating. I admire your healthy outlook at your brothers passing.
I also like the idea of a place where day and night meet. And last but by no means the least your art is fantastic!!!!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

So awesome Stephanie. Very creative and the paintings to go along with the story are fantastic!

26 has always seemed like a magical number to me for some reason. I'm sure your brother has watched you from the great beyond and has been a protector, which he may have not have been able to do in life. I know it brings little comfort, but we are lucky to have such great souls on our side. Thank you for sharing such intimate details of your life, I cherish your friendship.

I crown you Queen of Creativity for the day! ;)

xx Jaime

craftattack said...

Great story and images, I am looking forward to my turn, too! You are setting high standards! Valerie

Yvonne said...

The paintings and the words are so wonderful and special after knowing the story behind the sybolism about your brother. Thank you for sharing with us on PPF.

Pointy Pix said...

I love the whimsical imagination at play in the story so far - Amy is a loon in the nicest possible way and I love that I'm going to participate in this. My mind is racing already about how this story is going to progress.

I'm so sorry about your brother, he must've been so young but I think the symbolism you used is just perfect for honouring his freedom from the shackles of this life. Your painting is fantastic!

Magpie said...

This is awesome on all levels! So imaginative and I love the paintings that go with the story. Bright and soft at the same time. (Brave girl to go second on the neverending story lol...you did an awesome job!) I love this story thing and can't wait to read more.

So wonderful that you have honored your brother this way. I know he has been watching over you all these years :)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! ~ Love the style, the colors, the story and how you are honoring your brother ~ sooooooo creative! ~ thanks,Happy PPF ~ namaste, Carol ^_^ (Share the Creative Journey)

Theresa said...

Enchanting...i love the symbolism...perfection!

NatashaMay said...

I love how you continued the story and manage to paint it so beautifuly. Truly awesome! :)

Dianne said...

Amazing story and paintings... Love the one where the moth is lifting her away!

Lesley said...

Beautiful story and your art reflects it perfectly.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was totally impressed with your portion of the story. It was good to see it and know the deeper meaning behind it. I so admire that you have honored your brother in such a positive and fulfilling way. And the art is beyond belief. Love the questionable man. That one had me laughing hard!

Sorry I haven't visited this week. I've been gone most of it and am having e-mail problems to boot.

Phoenix Peacock said...

I think sharing symbolism is important. Art is so healing and not overly dramatic at all.

Joni Nickrent said...

Wow...what a creatively awesome idea and love your story...touching, beautiful and free! POP ART MINIS

Carola Bartz said...

Stephanie - the way you included the memory of your brother is very touching and thoughtful. I love the idea of the butterflies representing his freedom. Your star background is gorgeous!!! Thank you for telling me about it. And I also love how you continued Amy's story and that the girl got nice hair now!

Gloria said...

I love how you expressed about your brother in your work. That was very nice. Sorry about your brother but I'm sure he is very proud of you and your work.

SHERI C said...

The story and art are wonderful. I am especially fond of that little blue horse peeking around the building. Happy PPF! So glad yo shared this with us this week.

wednesday said...

Your painting is so beautiful and inspiring...I also love that phrase "where the night meets the day."

Christine said...

lovely painting to go with your story!

WrightStuff said...

I am going to love following this story! I'm down for a chapter in December so who knows what adventures and characters will have graced our imaginations by then!

Your illustrations were just perfect, then you moved us so much with the symbolism.

Very special.

Fallingladies said...

This is sooo wonderful, beautiful art, full of little surprises and sweet touches, and then thanks for sharing the touching meaning behind your ideas!

this will be hard for the next in line to follow, Amy's wonderful idea has had 2 great parts so far... can't wait to read more and for mine in Nov.

Geckostone said...

Ah Stephanie ya got me all teary eyed. Thats so cool the symbolism for your brother, I'm glad you told us , it makes the paintings and story even more magical!!! Deb

EVA said...

Incredible!!

What wonderful art, story and such touching symbolism.

You did an amazing job!

iamrushmore said...

wow, wow, wow! I love that painting. There's so much going on there and I'm so glad you gave us all those close ups. love the "man of questionable origins" bit. love the way the horizon line, the horse, the scarf and the dress all flow together. love it!

Diana Evans said...

The story of your brother and the meaning behind the symbolism is so beautiful...I am so sorry about the loss of your brother....I know he is with you and has been watching you and smiling as you create .....

Wonderful piece Stephanie!!!

Come share something sweet today! Sweet Saturdays over at my blog...

JKW said...

The picture is amazing, but so is the story. You put so much of yourself into it and yet we wouldn't know that until you told us. I love the surprises and your unique way of writing and painting. I started my life story with Once Upon A Time just last month when my daddy passed. He was 95, healthy, albeit tired. Thanks for visiting my blog. Blessings, Janet

toadinaboat.com said...

Wonderful painting to go with this story. And I love the way you represented your brother with the butterflies and their freedom. So touching.

Mandy said...

i love the symbolism you used for your brother and i LOVE this painting...it is magical...thankyou...xxx

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I love visiting your blog and seeing your work in all its parts... and you write with a lovely atmosphere and rhythm... thanks for sharing xx

Amanda Mills said...

what a wonderful illustration!
the butterflies, the girl...

Amanda Mills said...

what a wonderful illustration!
the butterflies, the girl...

Kristin Dudish said...

This is absolutely beautiful - the words and the imagery! (The painting sort of reminds me of Marc Chagall) Knowing the symbolism behind it makes it even more special - thank you for sharing it with us :)

xo
Kristin

creatingme said...

This is really fantastic!

Gina said...

WOW Stephanie!!! This is an awesome follow on! Your painting is fabulous, as are the rememberances of your brother, I'm sure he is enjoying being your muse for this piece :D XXX