A Peek Into Narnia

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One of the things we love about the Narnia series is the magical wardrobe. Throughout the stories, Lewis is asking us to consider that reality includes more than what we see in our daily lives. The conversation the Pevensie children have with the Professor is revealing. Their younger sister, Lucy, insists that she has discovered another world and her siblings find it hard to believe…

How do you know your sister’s story is not true?” the Professor asks them.

“Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies, and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then, and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”

Of course, Lewis used this same logical reasoning to argue for the truth of Christianity in many of his literary works.  He hadn’t found any evidence to suggest that the person called Jesus of Nazareth was a liar or a lunatic. At the age of 32, he became convinced that Jesus’ claims about this life and the next were true and became “the most reluctant convert it all of England”. If you’re interested, you can read more about his life here.

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I found this used jewelry box at Good Will for $3. It reminded me of a wardrobe, so I set out to create a peek into Narnia!

The background was painted with acrylics mixed with gel medium for better blending.IMG_6683

 

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I painted the trees with artificial snow from Hobby Lobby. This scene needs to look wintery!

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Next, I flocked miniature pine trees using a spray adhesive (sprayed outside) and then rolling them in artificial snow to coat.

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Glued the trees in with the hot glue gun and cut two small hills out of styrofoam so the ground wasn’t so flat.

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These tiny .05 mm acrylic stones added frosty sparkle!

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A map of Narnia was printed from my computer and trimmed to fit inside the door frames.


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And these wood cutouts added a whimsical look to the corners.

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Using brad rings and two snowflake charms, I created handles for the doors.
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Covered the bottom of the scene with an artificial blanket of snow and then glued more powdered snow over it. On the inside of the doors I adhered photos of fur coats, covered with translucent vellum.

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Found a Victorian style lamp post on Amazon!

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The lovely music accompanying this post is “The Wardrobe” by Harry Gregson-Williams.

Thanks for stopping by to look inside the wardrobe! Have a blessed week ~Scarlett

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Merry Christmas, Saint Louis!


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The Crusader Bible, currently on view at the Blanton Museum of Art, features 13th century French gothic manuscripts, as well as armor and manuscript making materials.  The exhibit runs til April 3rd, 2016.

I had the chance to spend some time at the exhibit this week and have been absolutely amazed at the fine details in the pictures!  I used images from medieval manuscripts as inspiration for this hand-drawn nativity. Cutting out several images from colored copies, I composed a scene full of characters.

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These pictures are from the Crusader Bible, attributed to the court of King Louis IX.  Quickly, the composition became crowded! Then I tried to add a banner with ‘Merry Christmas’ in French.

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It was a lot harder to draw these tiny little figures than I thought!

Some shiny gold leaf gave it a festive look…

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I wish you all a blessed and safe Christmas season and a Happy New Year!  ~Scarlett
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Published in Somerset Studio, Fall 2012

Surprised and delighted to have a little something of mine published in the new Somerset Studio.

The challenge for this issue was to create art in honor of Edgar Allen Poe.

I submitted this mixed-media piece based on his poem “The Coliseum”…

This issue has some really beautiful collage papers included…

Many thanks to the folks at Somerset Studio for including my piece in this issue!

I finally got a FB page up yesterday!  I’ll be posting drawings and photos that don’t make it onto the blog so be sure and go give it a click and ‘like’ it!

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I’m working on some sketches for this year’s Candy Corn Queen and wishing fall would hurry up and cool things off.

Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for visiting!

 

 

Inspired by Poe

Somerset Studio put a call out for art inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe a few months ago. I decided to try make a small art collage inspired by one of my favorite poems.

“The Coliseum’ is not one of Poe’s more famous poems, but I discovered it when we went through ancient Rome for the first time in our home history studies.   I’ve never been to Rome but I’d love to go someday.  When I read this poem, I can just imagine how it must be walking up to a huge crumbling structure like the Coliseum, so full of history and ‘swarthy bats’.

Here’s the first few lines of the poem:

“Type of the antique Rome! Rick reliquary

Of lofty contemplation left to Time

By buried centuries of pomp and power…

I kneel an altered and humble man,

Amid thy shadows and so drink within

My very soul thy grandeur, gloom, and glory!…

Here, where a hero fell, a column falls!

Here, where the mimic eagle glared in gold,

A midnight vigil holds the swarthy bat…”

I layered an image of the Coliseum over an image of flying bats, along with a photo of me with a veil and a line from the poem.I printed the layered photo onto a transparency and mounted it onto heavy card stock, old newsprint, and then cardboard. I printed out the text and mounted it separately. Then I inked the edges and stamped around the whole thing.

I thought this chain looked sort of antique so I used it to embellish the side, along with sheer black ribbon.

I searched through my entire junk drawer and pulled out  a few things that could’ve conceivably been found on the floor of the Coliseum: a piece of gold jewelry lost by a wealthy spectator, a carved wooden amulet belonging to a slave kidnapped from his homeland, a cross from a Christian martyr, a tooth from one of the beasts set loose in the arena, and a piece of string from a net used to entangle a gladiator. With just a little imagination….

I’m still working on more ideas for art to donate to the hospital. I have way too many ideas and not enough time.  Hopefully, this weekend I’ll have some time to get some of those ideas sketched out and colored.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a happy Thursday!