Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Week 40... The Color of Collaboration

Several weeks ago I got a sweet facebook message from Dallas Nevins to please consider donating a piece of art to the Atlanta Speech School's Fundraising Gala.  No doubt a worthy cause.  What intrigued me the most was that students from the school would be collaborating with me.  I told Dallas I didn't think that would work because, after all, I do use hot wax, blow torches and razor blades!  Not wanting to disappoint, I told her I would think about it.  As fate would have it, that evening I was watching a rerun of RHONY.. yes I am a bravo addict.. and saw this amazing piece of art hanging behind the girls.  Voila..
The idea came to me.  So I sketched out large birds in 3 different positions, emailed them to Dallas and instructed her to have the kids color them anyway they want.
1 week later my package of birds arrived at the house... Dallas- do you only have yellow and blue crayons at your school???  Just kidding.. Didn't they turn out cute!!  These were from some of the 4 yrs old at the Atlanta Speech School.
Not wanting to ruin the originals, I had the birds colored copied.  I cut them out and then placed them onto my waxed board.  Then I painted a clear wax on top of them to keep them from flying away!
Next came the colorful flowers, leaves and of course I had to put a big heart for the kiddos!
This sucker is huge too... measures 20"x49".  I sure hope the kids approve!!  I then had it framed in salvaged wood found here in Coweta County.
This has to be one of my favorite pieces and it makes it all that more special that the kids helped.  Thank you Dallas for letting me participate this year!!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you Valerie for sharing with us. The Speech Schooll is blessed by your gift and inspired by your brilliance.