Friday, January 25, 2008

The Special Baby

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a little girl-child. She was a very happy baby, never one to cry. Even so, the baby girl's mommy thought she was much too serious and that she thought too much. One day a lovely lady came by to see this little girl-child. Since this lady was known to be very wise and perhaps even had The Sight, the concerned mommy asked her, "What is my darling baby girl thinking?"

The pretty lady smiled and said not to worry, she has The Sight too, and she is seeing all the wonders that will come her way. She sees friends, comforts and even food . She sees love, wisdom and patience, too. She knows God, and she can hardly wait to grow up. You must remind her to be a child.

I think this is why the baby's mommy, never once said to her "grow up", or "don't act like a baby". The mommy knew the baby had an "old soul" and she carried a lot upon her little shoulders. Maybe that is why the little girl, now grown up, has such a silly streak and now is so comfortable acting like a child.

I had done a page full of "inchies" with color pencils and markers. I used an ink-jet copy of them to cut and glue down, which wasn't the best to use and my wording for the transfer was done with sharpies on 20# bond paper. I couldn't rub hard enough to remove the white of the paper, without removing the wording. In other words, I did everything wrong. This was my first attempt at a large (8 x 10) acrylic gel transfer and since I did not get the transparent look that I was aiming for, I will probably re-do this entire piece.

I hope you liked the story and you have probably guessed by now, who the baby in this picture is. I guess this metal tub is what passed for a kiddie pool in the "olden days". Does anyone else remember these?

Well, that's all for now. Yikes, now I will have to keep myself busy until Friday Night Lights comes on. Maybe I'll do some art or something crafty. Whatever I get into, you will be the first to know! We'll talk soon, toodles.


Kim said...

I love this look and the colors!! I got on a kick back in the summer and created a few "inchie" pages for a Inchie Journal that I was starting! They are such fun!
Funny, that you should tell that story...I've always been told by family and friends that I have an old soul as well! My great grandmother who was blind and very old when I was in my early teens, used to sit and pat my hand and tell me that I had an old and gentle soul! You know that really never meant much to me until I was older!! Have a great and artful weekend!!

nancye by design said...

Love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week. I will keep in touch and keep watching your blog. I am just learning how to blog and I haven't figured out how to do it all yet.

Do you really have the sight?


Kims Art said...

I love it! I was just reading in one of the new magazines about working in squares. I think I will try larger squares. I love the story! I have two of those large tubs.

mcdc3s said...

What a precious, precious, precious entry. Ahhhhh.

I DO remember seeing a wash tub like that when I was a young girl. My mother was born/raised in the deep south of Tennessee - and although she moved to Michigan after marriage... most of her sisters/brothers remained. I couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 - going down to visit my aunts... and remember that one of them actually used it as a bath tub - pumping and boiling water. My memory is so sketchy - and unfortunately, my mother and her sisters are passed away. I wish I could remember more. I do love this piece... and the process sounds very interesting. I've never attempted it myself. xxxx

Linda said...

The picture of you is precious! I like the way you collaged the inchies and the colors you used in the piece. Great job!

LuLu said...

Bonjour Susan! This collage is B E A U T I F U L !!! Love the writing that goes round and round the picture. This will make you laugh: When my son was a baby, my parents who live nearby would take him often to spend the day while I worked as an illustrator at home, and they still do...I came to pick him up one real hot day of summer and there he was seated in a plastic cooler half full of cool water. I have a picture of this and looking at it always makes me smile. Things do change with time, yes, but they never really change... Thanks for visiting my blog and for your great comments! Come more often! LuLu