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    May162007

    Found Art Tuesday May 15, 2007: LOST

    shrine-1.jpg

    Why, oh why did I chose "LOST" as this week's topic?!? I had such a hard time thinking on what to do. I thought it was going to be so easy, and I had so many ideas of different things. One of the ideas I had was to make a postcard-like thingy and place it inside a wallet or purse and leaving it in a bench or chair, it would totally convey the feeling of "lost" then I thought I should save that one for when I choose the topic of "looks like something stolen" or "object that can be mistaken by a bomb" so then I had to start all over again. I kept thinking this Lost topic was a lost cause (ha ha, get it? ahhh.. never mind) and then I had an A-HA! moment... the patron saint of lost causes, San Judas Tadeo (you may know him by Saint Jude) I then thought of making a little card like the ones they do for saints and novenas in the catholic faith, and then that brought me the idea of making  a shrine, (candles and everything)

    I had this little box I had bought at the checkout of Michaels, (because really, who can resist checkout bargains!) the candle fit perfectly in it! I then made the card from watercolor paper and made a little investigation of who San Judas really was. It turns out he's a really big saint and has a lot of followers in South America, intervening in lost causes everywhere.

    "Hey, Jude, don't make it bad
    Take a sad song and make it better
    Remember to let her into your heart
    Then you can start to make it better"

    shrine-2.jpgI forgot to take a picture of how it looks like with the lid closed, but it does closes perfectly, (candle and everything)

    In the lid I drew a relic heart. Like the ones we use in churches to pray the saints for miracles. we pin them to the images clothes and they serve as a reminder of our intentions.

    San%20Judas%20estampita.jpg

    I used acrylic, pastel crayons and black pen for the image. I painted the box with gesso and acrylic.

    shrine%20san%20judas%20tapa.jpgI love the idea of a "portable" shrine! :)

    shrine%20san%20judas%20por%20dentro.jpgIn case you are thinking this is such a great idea and you love the card, I have made it into a PDF file so you can download it and print it in case you want to carry it with you when you face a desperate cause and need some guidance. You can find it in the "downloads" section of the website, Here's the link!

    Please visit the contributions of these great artists and one poet (so far!) for this project:

    Lost Love by Kathy LaRocco

    Lost by The Granola Poet

    Lost by Lena Rushing

    Lost by Shauna Ratapu

    Thanks to all these great artists, this project hasn't been lost. It's still making it's way.

    Reader Comments (4)

    oooooh, i love it! i really like the drawing and i love that it's such a little treasure box.i would be stoked to find something like this. i have had the whole "bomb" fear as well, when i was going to attach these little flashing lights to one of my pieces.
    May 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLena
    Oh this is so cool! What a brilliant idea, a portable shrine...just imagine having one for every saint!
    May 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShauna R
    I think this is just beautiful. I have been taking that message to heart for the last month too. Great piece, Rosa.
    May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
    Hi, Rosa! Fell behind in reading blogs for a couple of months--just getting caught up. Love your portable shrine!
    July 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

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