Tuesday, September 29, 2009

DAQ challenge: Altered Mermaid



THE UNEXPECTED GUEST

digital collage 12ins x 12ins

This morning brought with it a most delightful surprise as I logged on to discover that following a comment left on his blog: Saint Verde Digest, Neville Trickett had linked to mine in his most recent post. If you don't already know Neville (he's been in my sidebar for some time now) do pop over to his place and take a wander through his archives of glorious visual delight and excellent good taste. He's as crucial to my morning wake-up as a good cup of coffee with a splash of gingerbread syrup.

Over at Digital Art Quirks, Donna has been shaking things up a bit and she has lassoed some of us (we are an unruly lot) into a Creative Team. My exact contribution is yet to be worked-out but there are some new challenges to be enjoyed and this latest image was in response to two: Altered Mermaid and Altered Surreal. In my usual way, I began with the first challenge subject and after taking a long time to think about it, wandered off into my own little world, by which time, the challenge had changed but what I was doing fitted it anyway. Thus "altered" has amounted to flooding a sitting room and inviting a rather grand 18th century lady to have a cup of tea.
The lady was painted by John Astley (1724-1787) who, on a sea voyage between Dublin and England, married a wealthy widow, Lady Dukinheld-Daniell, and gave up painting.

Whilst on the subject of water, the other day, I found a box of beautifully-wrecked lantern slides and am now wondering what to do with them. Here's a scan of one of them, probably the most damaged, but I love all those blotches and streaks.





16 comments:

Bea said...

Love the mermaid image. What an interesting effect of the water spots on the slides. :)Bea

lynne h said...

wow! i immediately got a smile on my face gazing at the mermaid with visitor, but then the slide came along, and both of them together make me say just one thing - WOW!! xo

Lori Saul said...

Your altered mermaid is sensational! Deep, rich and mysterious. The steamship slide is also wonderful and weathered! Always inspirational!

Kimmie said...

she is quite composed and serene for all that has happened around her! thanks for the links! and yum on the gingerbread syrup - that sounds really good!

*jean* said...

such a lady...to remain so in control while everythings going kaplooey around her....well bred, indeed...

love this

La Dolce Vita said...

I love your altered mermaid, just brilliant! and your slide!!! I love all the blotches and streaks too and blurry is good!

Poetic Artist said...

I do like the image..Thanks for all the info also. Great work.
Katelen

farfalla said...

wowwww, your blog is really adorable and cool!!!!! I love your style!

Lawendula said...

Wonderful picture!
I love Neville's art, got him on my German blog too!
And also on the letters, but nobody was interested. I can't understand.
Great you mentioned him here!

Gaby Bee said...

Your altered mermaid is incredible! Love the whole layout! Fabulous artwork!!!

NancyB said...

Oh gosh! This is amazing! I could stare at it for hours on end! Excellent work! And the damaged slide...not damaged to me! It is to simply fantasic! Thanks for the smiles this morning! xoxo

Kim said...

Lumi, love your unexpected guest. I really love surreal art and this is wonderful. Now I have a bunch of damaged slides here and you have given me all sorts of bubbling ideas now, thanks for that!

malacima said...

perfect!

Alberta said...

You simply MUST do a book! You have such an individual style: surreal, mysterious, and romantic. As I've said before, each of your pieces reads like a story rife with atmosphere, unique characters, and moody settings. I could get lost!

Mixed Media Martyr said...

Your unexpected guest is gorgeous!!!

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