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    Found Art April 10, 2007: CONNECTIONS


    When I was in middle school and high school I learned that if you wanted to be anybody in life or simply not be made fun of, you needed to hang out with the right crowd, be connected to the right people. I learned this the hard way. I was always too tall and I fell easily, very easily, if I was pushed, so there you go, my dear classmates were too pleased to point it out in numerous ways, they even held demonstration on how I easy it was to make me fall, and I hated it, I cried, I wanted to fit in, I now know everybody feels this way, it's our own insecurities that make us make fun of others so we can distract people from making fun of us.  But back then, it was hell. After that time I wanted to be friends with the right crowd, the ones who had a car, who went to parties, who made fun of others, who had fun. Even if I had those friends, I didn't really fit in anyway. I wonder if these girls ever felt the same way I did, did they felt they didn't fit it either?

    Connections-3.jpgFast forward to now, I see it all more clearly. I don't really have to fit in with anybody's measure of who I should be. I'm just me. I accept me (I try, anyway) and I try to find people who can like me too, and now the connections I make with people who get to know me and like me, are really a treasure. In my life I have been blessed with finding a husband who loves me, oh how he loves me, and he likes me too. This little place in the internet I know is just a little window of what I am. What I write here cannot represent me totally because there's more to me than just this art I do and these words I write, there's so much more, but I have always tried to represent me here the way I am, or at least the way I see myself, not making anything up and I am proud of that!

    I want to say I have been so blessed to have found a little corner here to express the things that cross my mind, the conversations that have begun and the ones that'll come. I wish there was a way I could get to meet all of you who come here, sit with me for a while and take time to get to know me. thank you. I have been saying thank you for some time and that's because I have so many things to be thankful for.

    So back to the artwork: I wanted to make an image that represents the travel in life, how many connections we have made with others, how many friends come in and out of your life, you may mourn some, or you may not. Family is almost always present. we make a few stops during the travels, we look back, we refuel, restock our backpacks, and set sail. The end result looks to me a little like a subway map, maybe that's what life's all about, traveling, not getting to our destination.

    connections tumbler-1.jpgI made this into a tumbler insert. It's made in watercolor paper, acrylic, markers and collage. I also made a matching starbucks card with $5 dlls. i in it, enough to get you a venti something. Now here's where that surprise I talked about last week comes in... if you have read this far, congratulations! you're eligible for the fantastic found art Tuesday giveaway sweepstakes!! I want to give this to someone who takes the time to top by and read all this stuff I like to write. It's still in the found art spirit, you will find it in your mailbox instead of you finding it in the street somewhere. All you need to do is sign up on the comments section and just say, I WANT IT!

    connections tumbler-2.jpgIf you want to add anything else like how cool I am then go right ahead, :)

    You have until Saturday to sign up and then I will pick someone at random and ship it to it's new home. I only ask one thing: take a picture of yourself/your hand holding it when you get it and post it on your blog so I can link to it from here.

    So go ahead, don't be shy and sign up!

    EDIT TO ADD: Oh and the links! I completely forgot to post this link to Kathy LaRocco's beautiful bookmark and contribution for this week! Sorry Kathy, but here it is!  go check it out!

    Reader Comments (16)

    I want it! And you are more than cool now, you are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your art with the world
    April 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda
    OH baby...What a great idea. Rosa..I just wanted to say that even though you talk in terms of your art and all around your art..I as a reader have "found" some real nougats here. Not only about you but about life. I feel blessed to have this corner of the world too. You have been a mentor and a friend and I am somehow going to meet you and sit down and have a real talk. I want to meet your husband and children, I want to see you art in real life, I want to learn more about this mujer muy bonita....

    Marc works at Bank of America whose headquarters are in Charlotte. Maybe someday...

    Please give your beautiful insert to someone other than myself, not because I don't want it..duh, but I already have a beautiful work. Someone else should have that pleasure.

    Con respecto

    April 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKathy L
    Prizes are guaranteed to draw me out of lurkdome!

    I've been visiting your blog for a few weeks. I have to figure out how to get in on this weekly found art thing. Awhile ago another artist friend hosted a "throw down art" project. Make 15 items, release them somewhere, log and blog. It was a lot of fun.

    April 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDarla
    Hey Rosa, I'm back. I think for now. I like connections. It is really a great topic, and all about the spirit of found art.
    April 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
    I want it!!!
    I think you are cool!!!
    and not just because
    you are giving something away!


    April 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermelba
    I would like to put in my bid for a momento of you and your generous spirit that can inspire me every morning when I drink my cafe con leche. Thanks for what you give of yourself Rosa.
    April 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie Joy
    Yes, I want it! Too cool! Do you journal? I am authoring a book for Rockport and am taking submissions of art journal pages...the link for guidelines is on my blog in the left-hand column...if you journal, you should submit! I love your art and have been reading your blog for quite some time...
    April 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
    Rosa, you and your blog and your art are a huge part of the inter-connectedness that I find so wonderful here.

    I love this piece. I love the map style, the color, especially the little pen doodles that I find on much of your work.

    Hey, can we keep the connection going? Can you make it the justbe...connected in October? Hmmmmm???? Am I tempting you??? ;)
    April 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertanaya
    I want it! Rosa, I just love the spirit you put into your artwork. I'm so glad that you do share your work with us on the internet and release it out into the world as well.

    Did you go into a caffeine coma on Easter, now that lent is over?
    April 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn
    It's lovely. I want it!

    April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPaige
    I would LOVE to have it, it's beautiful. Just discovered your blog linked from "my topography" and so glad to have found it.
    April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
    Oooh it's gorgeous. I can't quite fathom where you find the time to make such exquisite little gifts. I told my husband about what you do and he said, "man, she must really have great karma coming her way all the time!" And you must. Such an inspiration!
    April 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchristina
    This IS beautiful and from the writing I've read here on your blog, you do seem very cool as well -- OMG, just the concept you have of making art and releasing it into the world each week, that's amazing and inspiring. Did I mention I want it?
    April 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertinker
    I'm chuckling over all the people clamoring for your tumbler...if you don't already have an online shop set up, seems to me like you might want to think about it. ;) I love the idea of recycling a tumbler into personal art. I love even more your idea of MAPPING our connections. It's so true what you wrote...I *did* hang out with the 'right' crowd in school...and still felt like a misfit. It's so nice to finally reach an age where the only fit that matters is the one inside my own skin.
    April 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn
    comments are now closed, we're picking the winner! stay tuned!
    April 14, 2007 | Registered CommenterRosa Murillo
    I know comments are closed, but I still have to tell you how wonderful this idea is! the map idea is awesome and to put it into a travel mug is simply clever. :o)

    hey, would you be interested in trading cards?
    April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPacha

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