Sunday, October 23, 2016

May The Dress Always Fit You - The 4th Finding Faith Project Complete


When I was out shopping for costumes and props for an earlier work in the Finding Faith Series, I found this wonderful checked dress at a second hand store.  Immediately I envisioned a girl in long braids and bobby socks wearing that dress, so I purchased it and put it away for a few months until I could come up with a use for it in the series.  I had no idea of what the story would be, all I knew was that I wanted to use THAT dress.  After completing the last Finding Faith painting, I took the dress out and hung it in my studio, allowing it to sort of stare back at me over the course of a week or two as I studied it while trying to come up with a story.  I have to say this was the most challenging work so far in the series. Coming up with a mirrored dresser alone was time-consuming. I found a pair of shoes just a couple of hours before the shoot. However, creating a cohesive meaningful story was the hardest part. I knew it would be about childhood memories, but how to tell it was the challenge.  As I worked on the project, writing out thoughts and ideas for the shoot, a deeper meaning evolved.  I started thinking about how important it is to remain youthful in our hearts because when we do this we are happier humans.  We notice the clouds, we watch the bees, we give ourselves the freedom to play and enjoy life, and we have faith in troubled times.  And this is what May The Dress Always Fit You is about.  

I hope you enjoy and may YOUR dress always fit you.

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May The Dress Always Fit You

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May The Dress Always Fit You
oil on canvas 30 x 24 inch




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 Note:
The beautiful young woman featured in this work is Katie Maher, a good friend of the original Faith in the first three works.  She was wonderful to work with, and being a photographer herself gave a couple of great ideas for the shoot.  She had some challenges too...it's not easy to stare at yourself in a mirror while picture after picture is being taken of you!  I am happy to say she is willing to work in another project, so you will see Katie again at some point.

20 comments:

  1. beautiful - and poignant, my friend... i cannot imagine putting something like this together. you are truly daring and brave. and painting katie looking in the mirror - more daring bravery!! i love it all...

    xoxo

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    1. Ah Lynne, means so much that you would drop by to comment. And thank you. xoxo

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  2. This is fabulous! Katie! The dress! Your film. The painting! You are so talented!

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  3. I used to have a dress like this (summer dress school uniform in the uk). Love the photographs and the painting, really lovely

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    1. I wouldn't have minded wearing a dress like this to school. Thank you for the nice comment.

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  4. Oh the finished painting is wonderful and so interesting to see all the photos!!

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  5. Your photographs and paintings series 'Finding Faith' is fantastic!

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  6. So beautiful Lisa, the meaning really comes through. And the final painting is wonderful - that dress must have taken a lot of patience to paint! I see why it inspired you in the first place though, wonderful.

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    1. Hi Terri and thank you! The dress was a challenge for sure. It was important to me to paint it in a pleasing way because it was the dress that inspired this whole piece to begin with. I am so happy you noticed. :)

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  7. I admire your creativity and follow your work from Spain. You are an inspiration and make me want to get better at my art. I follow you from Spain

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    1. Thank you very much. I wish you the best experience possible in all your creative efforts!

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  8. Lisa - you made my heart melt with this one. The music and editing are perfect to go with the story.
    Your creative mind is a place I love to visit.

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    1. Dear Julie, thank you. Sometimes I worry I will not be able to find the right music to go with these works. It's just so important. I may have to compose my own some day and would that be a hoot. I really appreciate your kind feedback!

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  9. Truly, truly beautiful Lisa!!! Sending you big hugs and much love!!!

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  10. Amazing creations Lisa! The video and painting and photographs all so stunning with a beautiful story.

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    1. Dear Kim, that you so much for your nice comment. I am sorry for the delayed response! I sure have enjoyed seeing you on Facebook!

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