Our joy story begins with a happy Queen of Arts with the full day in front of her to create !
In the morning of her special day, the Queen played with spray inks, Golden fluid acrylics, plain old craft paint, stencils, sponges and paintbrushes.
And lo and behold :
Two square 6X6 canvases with awesome backgrounds appeared before her !
The Queen was thrilled beyond belief that her playtime had been so fruitful after a dry spell of well over a month!
After the morning arty play time, the Queen returned to her duties of fulfilling the needs of her Royally Cute Subject as well as her own heart,
and took a walk…
After a lunch of an exotic, rare Montreal bagel that the Queen received recently as a gift, with light cream cheese, tomato and turkey breast,
the Joyous Queen returned to the studio to continue her artistic pursuits.
“This square shall be the one.” she declared.
And with some well-loved Royal tunes filling the space and with the castle windows opened wide for fresh air,
the Queen set about creating her piece for this special day.
She drew a figure on to a page of an old dictionary,
painted it with Twinkling H2Os and Inktense watercolor pencils.
She outlined in India Ink Faber Castell artist pens and white Gel pens from Sakura.
The figure turned out to be an angel with her hand outstretched.
It was cut out, glued onto the perfect canvas background and coated with a light coat of semi-gloss gel medium.
This all but ruined the entire thing as the details of the figure smeared with the gel medium !
The Queen lost it momentarily as she had worked on the figure for two hours !!!!
But then she gave into the process, let the gel medium dry and added some details on top to “fix” the angel figure.
Then came the decision about what the angel would be holding.
“A heart ?” thought the Queen.
“No, too cliché and simple here.”
Out of nowhere, like many brilliant Artist thoughts, the perfect idea came to the Queen.
“A stack of rocks, just like my Father used to carefully pile here and there on his journey through life !” rejoiced the Queen, “And I am a Rock Fairy after all !”
The Queen cut her rocks from the old dictionary pages, looking for just the right spots to feature on their surface.
“This looks awesome.” thought her Rocking Majesty,
“but it needs a word somewhere…”
The word “Balance.” came to the Queen’s Libra mind.
Could it be possible that the word would be at the top of the page in her dictionary, and therefore be just the font and boldness that she needed ?
The dictionary was French. The French word for balance is “equilibre”. But alas, the word did not appear on the top of the page.
The Queen looked to her old, 1920’s English dictionary for help.
Instead of balance, she looked up “equilibrium” – a richer word somehow, in the Queen’s Artist mind.
And there at the top of the page, in the perfect font and bold type was the word the Queen needed !
“A gift from the Arty Gods !” thought the happy Artist Queen, “The piece is complete !”
She glued the word in place, signed her Royal signature to it,
and happily headed out to get Chinese food for supper, as the best place in the realm does not deliver.
The next morning, puffy from the salt and MSG in the Chinese food,
our Queen decided to tell her story and even add a final step to her creation.
She added the balanced piece to a bedhead Royal self-portrait, where she is really very happy
though she looks a little vacant and grumpy (and definitely puffy !) in the shot.
Balancing “Equilibrium” on her hand was a pretty cool idea though, don’t ya think ?
And this brings us to the end of our long-winded tale.
The Queen went on to drink lots of water to get rid of the puffiness, to avoid Chinese food again for a good long while,
and to live joyously every after in this very moment !
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Big Love !