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    Found Art Tuesday May 8, 2007: MOTHER





    I absolutely adore these cigar boxes I found in a second hand store. They were 25 cents each, and I bought all 4 of them. The best part of them is that the edges at cut at a 45 degree angle, so when they are closed you can't see the edges, so it looks like a solid black block. I used one in my "Love"  Found Art piece. They are made from the wood of the particle board tree. And then they have this covering that resembles plastic, it's black and shiny and paint peels off it, so I have to sand them and then apply gesso. This time I used transparent gesso to see the black underneath. I loved the rough texture and the way the acrylic paint adheres to gesso. I never use this gesso because it's too grainy, I made a mistake when I bought it but now I'm beginning to appreciate it.

    The idea was to have a portrait of Mother Earth in the outside and then when you open it, you'll have a Mother and Son kind of mother. I used maps, playing cards. I also drew a Mandala to resemble some kind of spiritualness in the Mother. I added a quote de mi ronco pecho (means something like, from my own inspiration...) "Nothing as pure as a Mother's heart" For what else can a mother be other than pure and loving to her son.

    front (click to enlarge)

    inside (click to enlarge)

    Please visit these contributions for this week's topic:

    Shauna (Edit to Add: I forgot to say that Shauna is new to the project (yoo-hoo!!) She's Lena's sister, AND she's in New Zealand!! Welcome Shauna)

    Granola Poet

    "Madre de Todos" by Kathy LaRocco

    Lena Rushing

    "Honorable Mention" by Pacha

    Reader Comments (3)

    Great banner. You are always up to something new. Very inspiring!
    May 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermelba
    awsome as usual ( :
    May 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLena
    Beautiful! I love cigar boxes too...any art that is both asthetic and functional floats my boat. Thanks for the warm welcome to this project Rosa, I'm loving it!
    May 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShauna R

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