In keeping with our month-long theme of "Read," the brand new Random Redhead Challenge at Gingersnap Creations is to use a Quote in your artwork. I think I may have pushed it a little by including an entire poem for my inspiration, but I'm figuring Lord Byron must have read this aloud at some point in his too-short life. Besides, it's my favorite poem. I'm sorry it's so hard to read in the photo! Here's the text:
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
(Okay, so maybe I just swooned a little.)
This spread is from one of the first altered books I ever worked on. It was originally a book of love poetry, and I actually cut this passage out and inked around the edges instead of trying to paint around it and risk screwing up the entire thing (trust me: I would have!).
Now, this challenge doesn't require you to do altered book pages (although, feel free!), in fact, the only "rule" is the inclusion of a quote. Keep in mind, though, that sentiments like "Happy Birthday!" or "Get Well Soon!" don't really count. It should be a quote that can be directly attributed to someone specific. I have a feeling we're going to get some of the coolest, most amazing submissions EVER for this challenge, and I can't wait to see what you do! Work your magic, and link it up at the friendly Gingersnap Creations Challenge Blog. 'K??