Courageous is a gift from Pam that was gleaned from an exchange of emails. And Joy is shared with Christina, wink, her chosen word.
Joy was nearly stripped from my life over the last two months making me more determined to en-joy something every day. I have been gripped by fear of the unknown to the point of wanting to curl up into a tight ball and fall into a dark hole of defeat.
New Year: As deep sleep approached I barely made it to midnight to watch the Times Square ball drop and if I hadn't jotted it down I might have thought that I dreamt it; this years crystal ball represents "Let there be courage." Obviously, I'm not the only person who felt defeated in 2009. Nearly every day and night for the last few month health issues and nearly losing my guy replayed in my brain in at attempt to drain inner strength and joy. Not happening!
Components: A 6x6 inch hardboard panel, a layer of gesso imprinted with corrugated cardboard. I find that staining a gesso layer with instant coffee encourages texture and shape along with providing a rich base for paint. Nickel Azo Gold, Cerulean Blue Deep, and Transparent Red Iron Oxide Golden Fluid acrylics are probably my favorite fluid colors. The word "Courageous" was inkjet printed on Muslin and stained with coffee. The quotes were printed on transparency film.