Sunday, March 28, 2004

Carly-Creation

I'm not much of an art-reviewer.  But I know how I feel when I come home to an envelope the size of a standard pillow!

A few weeks ago Carly posted her MadLib Challenge.  I opted not to participate in the first go-round [admittedly, for fear of losing].  This time I sucked up my fears and played along.  Honestly, it felt great just to participate and laugh at some of my own answers.  Surprisingly, I won the MadLib Challenge.  That felt even better than just participating.  I didn't think that could be topped... until I discovered what a treasure I'd really won.

I ached over whether to post this horribly distorted webcam picture of Carly's creation.  I was about to leave it out - knowing it doesn't even come close to capturing the magic of the piece.  But I suppose it's better to have a sample to 'follow along' with.

I'm in awe of Carly's creation.  It's a framed handmade work of art with pink tissue paper and cut-out images of people dancing beneath a painted field of flowers.  Attached to the frame is a beautiful oversized dragonfly on the top left corner.

My interpretation:  The dragonfly is overlooking the community of people dancing in the fields of fairy-dusted-flowers.  The pink paper is transparent - and the cut-out dancing images are in the foreground and in the background.  There are many dimensions.  The dragonfly [one of my favorite spiritual creatures] is beaded and glittery.  [Carly, did you handmake the dragonfly too???]

I see something new every time I look at it.  I received the accompanying card a few days later.  That's where I found out I'm the first to receive an original Carly-Creation.  And I'm the first to receive an original Carly-Creation made specifically with someone [me] in mind.  Whoa. That's deep.

Carly, I'm forever grateful. Thank you. Your heart shines in this friendship.

21 comments:

ondinemonet said...

Trish my dove...I just closed my eyes and let you be the inspiration! You are such a great girl so making this artwork for you was so easy, but I am so happy you are enjoying it...who knows you might win another one. LOL. And yep, you have the very first one :) Love always, Carly :)

babyshark28 said...

ahhhh, your soo lucky! it looks beautiful regardless. :) I can see the magic there...
I saw that mad lib...too funny!!
the dragon fly sounds georgous, I love dragon fly's as well. :)

gingergirl05 said...

That is really a beautiful piece of art. It's so creative how she used all those techniques to create one art of Freee inspiration. The dragonfly is such an amazing touch, it's perfect. What an unusual and breathtaking gift! ~ Kate xo

krobbie67 said...

:::smirking::: at your fear of losing. You are such a trip!

That picture looks absolutely beautiful and your description makes it sound so interesting with the complexity of the dimensions. Lucky you!! Congratulations on winning. :::smirking::: ;-) ---Robbie

queenz43 said...

This is absolutely Beautiful Freee. All I can say about Carly's talent is:WOW!! What a nice surprise to find waiting for you. ~Hugs, RC

mkgninja said...

Wow, you can't tell the dragonfly is beaded and glittery in the pic. I still thought it looked amazing. I'm sure it's absolutely gorgeous in person. That is so cool. ~Melissa

lucylouladybug said...

It's beautiful, what talent and love that comes from Carly.
I recieved a card and a hug token from her last week, it did
wonders for my soul. Thanks for sharing, it's lovely.

Love you, Penny

geminiwilder said...

wow, that's carlyiscious! that's my made-up word of the day :P
take good care of that masterpiece, it's gonna be worth a lotta $$ someday!! ~phin

freeepeace said...

CARLY - It's so appropriate that you would be the first to comment on this. I'm honored to have the first creation from you. Thank you again. xo

SHARKY - Yay - let's hear it for the dragonfly! You and Irun were part of the Madlib characters I submitted...so I share this honor with you. :)

KATE - If only you could see it in person. Like I said, the envelope was the size of a standard pillow [flat of course]. But it's beautiful - and the dragonfly is stunning.

RC - Yeah, Carly has great artistic talent. I love what a creative bunch we all are.

MELISSA - Exactly, if you think the picture speaks for itself - Imagine what it looks like in person. Gorgeous is right. :)

PENNY - Indeed Carly is great for the soul.

PHINNEY - Good point. I should have it mounted in a glass frame - with a lock! She signed this piece too! ::cha-ching:: :P

freeepeace said...

ROBBIE - Haha...you're smirking at my fear of losing? Why? Because you understand where I'm coming from perhaps? :P Woohoo, I won! hehe

andreakingme said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS! What a neat idea, too. Gosh, we have SO many talented people who go the extra mile for others in our little community. Makes me want to break out the crackers, cheese and wine. Oh, and the DeBrand's chocolate. Because you can't forget the chocolate.

See what an intelligent and lucky girl you are, Feep? :-P

slowmotionlife said...

Beautiful!! Wow... the talent that runs through AOL-J continues to amaze and inspire me. Carly is a dear girl, very sensitive, sweet, poetic, beautiful... soul like a butterfly. She's an angel and I'm sure it really warmed your heart to get such a personalized work of art from her. Pretty-pretty.... :)

montaukny said...

Freee ~ I'm at an absolute loss for words (which my hubby would say is nearly impossible, even when I'm asleep!)!!!!!!!!!! The Carly-Creation is stunning to say the least!! We certainly do have a talented group of people here in AOL J-Land. Wondering where you've all been all my life! LOL Congratulations, sweetie...I'm jealous! ~Aunt Nub~

jeanyu said...

Soo beautiful! Soo big! Dragonfly must be larger than real life! I love dragonfles and fireflies in summer. Again you are soo lucky.

diannevan said...

I'm in awe. I wish I knew her better just so I could pay her to make one for my girls.

musenla said...

That is lovely! So whimsical and colorful, I bet it's even more impressive in person. I've always known Carly is the artsy type, but this card proves it and then some!

bridgetteleigh75 said...

Wow, Trish....that really is a beautiful piece of artwork. The colors all flow so intricately. I wish I could see it in real life. Congrats on winning the Madlib challenge! Maybe I need to check this out...<grin>

BTW...the teeth are out...and I'm feeling pretty rough this morning. But I can deal. Hear me roar! LOL

hempenhomespun said...

Wow, that is incredible! These are the kinds of things that make your whole day.

freeepeace said...

ANDREA - ::perk:: chocolate! [I AM a lucky girl!]

SLOMO - Aww, I hope Carly pops back in to read all these comments. Beautiful reflection for her. And yes, it warmed my heart - I was kind of in awe with my jaw open, staring at it for a long time.

AUNT NUB - No need to wonder where we've been all your life...we're here now love! Soak it up! :) xo

JEANYU - Oooh dragonflies AND fireflies. Yeah! I miss fireflies. Haven't seen them since I lived back east. :( Beautiful fairy-like creatures too.

MUSE - Whimsical, good word! Yes, more impressive in person.

BRIDGETT - If I get a better picture of it someday, I'll post it. This deserves an accurate reflection. Play Madlibs next time! Glad to hear the teeth are out and you're on the mend. :D

ondinemonet said...

Trish me dear, this is so overwhelming...it was such a simple piece, thank you for all the compliments. Trish is easy to create art for, she has a beautiful soul :) Love, Carly :)

somenuttychic said...

That's beautiful! And how thoughtful -- artwork created with you and only you in mind. What a lovely gift!