When I look at the photos I realize they don’t do them justice at all. I need someone with a professional camera to shoot these because… well… they are one of my favorite objects I have yet to create.
I layered images to pay homage to two visual artists and two writers.
The first painter is Berthe Morisot – her necklace features a portrait of herself in a photo in the background and her best known painting, The Cradle. A regular participant at the Salon de Paris beginning in 1864 at the age of 23, she also participated in every Impressionist exhibition except for one.
The second painter is perhaps one of the most wildly decorated painter – including men – having been accepted in to so many different countries academies. Her name is Elizabeth Vighee LeBrun and I first fell in love with her from seeing her art at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. I chose to use one of her famous self portraits which features herself and her young daughter, Julie. Layered underneath that is a self portrait of me holding the same painting from a book to my face that was taken in 2008.
I didn’t know until today Berthe also had a daughter named Julie. It was destiny!
The writer pendants include Kate Chopin layered with a painting of mine she inspired called “Sea in Bakersfield” and Emily Dickinson, layered with a photo of one of my painted pages of her work with a rare colorful autumn leaf here in Bakersfield.
There are more pendants to come. I am so in love with the process I may need to open an etsy shop to justify my passion and addiction!
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & next year she will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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