Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fairie Slide

6"x 6"
watercolor on paper

mounted on 12" x 12" canvas


This is another piece from the nature abstraction series.  Currently it is on display at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville.

I know... "Fairie Slide" is a kinda corny name.  But I have a story that goes with the name.  We used to have a very large tree behind our house.  Under that tree I planted a huge shade garden.  I grew about 75 different varieties of hostas and all sorts of shade-loving flowering plants.  I had garden beds around my house and in a border garden I still share with my neighbor.  All of these gardens thrived under the shade of that large tree.  I had a path that encircled the big tree and garden that was covered with hardwood mulch.  It was quite lovely and everyone said it looked like a place fairies would live.  (I didn't have a bunch of kitschy garden stuff around it, either.)  

Well, one stormy day the tree was blown down.  Now, the lush shade-loving plants were thrust into the blazing sun where they would get burnt to a crisp if left where they were now.  I cried for about a solid day.  But, I gathered my strength, dug new beds, and, with the help of my wonderful friend, Andrea, began to transplant the hundreds (I'm not exaggerating) of plants.  So... I named this piece "Fairie Slide" in remembrance of that garden.  (sigh)  Ok, it is still a corny name!  I don't care!


At April 1, 2010 at 1:14 PM , Anonymous Stephanie Skinner said...

I think it looked more like a jungle than a place where fairies lived. Well, I mean, I guess fairies could live in a jungle if fairies existed! Whoever said it looked like a place fairies lived was clearly on drugs.. maybe some salvia they found in the flower beds..? Anyways I think it should be named "Jungle Fever" since it looked like a jungle and got burnt to smithereens! LOL! Ok, I know you don't think it's funny but I did!
Anyways, the detail photo of this piece is great!

At April 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM , Blogger About Kim said...

I think it looks jungle orrainforest like as well, so do the Lilly pads as I've seen giant lilly pad photos from our rainforest in Guyana.


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