Ok, so here's where it gets Jesus-y. If you have problems with religion, this is your warning that there is religious content ahead. Not trying to convert anybody here, just showing my art which happens this time to express my (and my family's) Catholic faith. Ok, disclaimer over.
So the gifts I made for my parents for their respective holidays started out as canvases turned around backwards. I used photos as the focal point for each, and embellished around them a la Finnabair, but simpler because it's me. For Dad's, I used a photo I found of the stained glass window at the United States Naval Academy Chapel, because he is a Naval Academy grad and retired Navy pilot. The window depicts Jesus walking on the water. As another meaningful element, I used the first and most recognizable words (and alternate title) of the Navy Hymn, which also tie in with it being Father's Day quite well.
The background is a sample of textured wallpaper from Graham and Brown, which I painted and wiped off. Many thanks to Seth Apter for the tip on where to find fantastic textured wallpaper :) The waves in front are painted and scrunched tissue paper. Various embellishments came from my stash, some are Prima, some are random, some are Tim Holtz. The bottles are filled with water and a trace of Distress Ink, and some of the Glossy Accents I used to glue the corks in place leaked into the water, which made it cloudy kind of like real ocean water. Happy accident.
So, in case you were curious, here's the original, which I made for Mother's Day. I've always wanted to do a Marian piece for my mom, since she and I both have a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother. So finally I figured out what I wanted to do, and shortly before Mother's Day this year I learned a new word. "Kecharitomene" is a Greek word that means something more than "full of grace" but less stilted and formal than "most highly favored." It occurs only once, as far as anybody knows, and that's in the Gospel when Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her she's going to be God's mom (pretty heavy news, really). So I decided I wanted to work that in, and originally I was going to fill the background with different names and epithets for the Blessed Mother, but in the end I decided it would be better with just the one term. For the photo, I used a photo I took of a statue of Mary and Jesus at Kloster Eberbach last year in Germany.
I sprayed all those white paper roses with pearl colored Perfect Pearls, and painted paper rose leaves gold. All the metal pieces on the frame were the wrong color for the piece, so I painted them gold and whitewashed them with gesso. The rest was all bling from the stash, and that Tim Holtz ribbon sprayed and stamped.
So there you have it. I'm getting back into the art groove, and parental holidays have been helping, LoL. I've been moving forward with my 52 Card Pick Up deck, too, but I'll show more of that later. For now, I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I made for my parents. Hopefully it shows how much I love them. They're both pretty spectacular :)