Monday's Muse - Art On The Darkside

Popped over to Art On The Darkside to check out the new challenge .... Oooh, Mirrors! What fun!

Mirrored Angels

This is adapted from a piece I sold a while ago. It actually started out as 2 Polaroid emulsion transfers on the inside of a plexiglas frame. It needed a little something so I backed it with a print of an antique postcard. (Nice to be able to use something from my collection now & then)

The postcard is from Mother to Billy Boy and has no picture. Just the words - If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap, than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

Some trivia for you, while Googling to make sure that this was an Emerson quote, I found out that in 1855 he really wrote - If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.

Funny how all that eventually morphed into: Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

I then scanned & tweaked in Photoshop Elements. Just playing around.

So what's inspiring you today?

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  1. What's inspiring me is my Raku pottery teacher and the pottery itself. He's trying to teach us to do art instinctively, and not overthink it.

    Easy to say, a lifetime of practice to achieve!

  2. Wonderful job here! Looks like lots of thought and effort were put into it all.

  3. How beautiful. I know it seems like I say this every week but it's because it's true! And thanks for sharing about that quote, I found that very interesting how it got changed over time. Have a great week!

  4. Love the piece, and the mis-quote is fantastic!

  5. Its 3 til noon. What time zone are you in?
    You have to wonder what was going on between mom and son that she sent that quote.

  6. I'm inspired by and pondering art about my grandmother and her 5 sisters. I never knew her but have heard stories lately about them. I guess they were quite a bunch.

  7. WInd & Honey, I'm EST but my blog times are all wacky. Haven't figured out how to fix them yet

  8. Beautiful piece and I loved the quote. My grandchildren inspire me continually with their enthusiasm and creativity.

  9. Hello my friend. I am so sorry to take so long getting here. I have had my son in hospital and now is trying to recover after surgery and well my life has been hectic. I have just been trying to get up to date with my other blogs and hope to get back to the challenges for darkside too but it will take a couple of days to get sorted out still. I only just spotted your entry and will add it to the blog tomorrow ( i am at my sons babysitting right now so cant really do it til then )
    Your work is always top notch and very intriguing and original this one is all of that and also draws the viewer in. A great work. thanks for joining the challenge.
    Hugs June x