Well, there is no denying it, fall is here. The leaves are piling up in the yard, the nests are empty of birds, and the nights are cool. I found a lovely little birds nest in the young maple tree in our front yard. It is a reminder of the home that it was for a little family of birds. One of my birds has flown from my nest, and one is spreading his wings with thoughts of what college he would like to attend. These are exciting times, but also a tad sad as life is ever changing. This piece, Empty Nest, was inspired by these things. One little leaf clings to the tree and the little nest is empty of eggs. While these things bring a touch of sadness, we still have the promise of spring, the warmth of being inside by the fire in the winter, and the memories that never leave us. Tuck away these little treasures so that you may pull them out on a crisp fall morning, and look forward to the adventures that still lay ahead.
I just finished up a few Edgar Allen Poe inspired ATC’s to list in my etsy shop. These were so much fun to make! I use this wonderful Italian Watercolor paper with a soft, torn edge for my Artist Trading Cards. It is a great base to start a mini collage on, and takes paint really well. I always use a coating of gesso, front and back, to ensure my card lays flat. Then layers of paint, water soluble crayon, papers, gel medium, graphite, and charcoal, mixed with some stamped images, complete these miniature sized collages. Rigid plastic holders, make sure the work can be held and viewed without fear of damage. If you haven’t yet discovered ATC/ACEO’s take a minute to look them up on Etsy. They are so much fun to collect and trade! The Metsy Team, (Mixed Media on Etsy) is having a Fall ATC challenge. These are two of my entries. They had to have something to do with Halloween or Fall.