One last submission for the Lilla Rogers Studio, for the Global Talent Search.
I have no expectations for this submission except to be able to learn more from the process and have fun remembering!
The them is playground and I went scouring for photos of vintage playground equipment.
I started with the multi-colored round spinny thing.
Then I found a photo of an old horse on a spring and knew that would be what I would use.
I layered the background with lots of gesso and super wet watercolor and searched some old children's books for the right colors to fill in the horse in a collage style.
I was fairly obsessed with horses as a kid.
The ones outside of K-Mart, ones at the fairs, merry-go-rounds, on T.V., in books, I had a collection of them, well, you get the picture!
A little known fact:
I spent the better part of a year on my hands and knees as a kid with my friend down the street, pretending we WERE horses. I had a wicked neigh.
When I was ten, I was convinced we could keep one in the front yard and he could just graze away and our life would be so good.
My horse would be so gentle and strong! He would be my best friend, and I would tell him all about my day and he wouldn't be any trouble at all.
Never mind the fact that I lived in a tract home that was up against the freeway.
About five years ago, my husband gave me horse riding lessons for my birthday. As obsessed as I was about horses, I think I had been on a real one a grand total of two times.
I had a blast for about six months, and it was a dream come true. Yes, I did get to the point of thinking about owning one, but realized it still wasn't going to be in the cards. As a kid, you don't realize the actual cost of owning and caring for such a large animal. That, and our housing association won't allow them in the front yard.
That's what went into my "journal cover" this week.
I could have added hats or banners, or doodles, but I ended up liking the feeling of the little boy springing away, in his own make-believe world.
Anything going on at your desk this week?