Are Your Ready for This?
October was the month I was working in the inimitable Deb Trotter's altered calendar. That cowgirl threw me for a loop with a Christmas theme in October! LOL. Actually, her calendar is ingenius. She is quite the '30s, 40s and '50s music aficionado - especially songs by Bing Crosby and his contemporaries. She selected 12 of her favs and assigned each artist one song for their month. Mine was "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" by Bing himself.
That wasn't all there was to Deb's theme. Her calendar of choice was one with paintings of Mark Rothko in it and she requested that we try our best to stick to the color combinations of the pieces represented in our section of the calendar. This was a distinct challenge for me. Not only was I trying to do Christmas when I was thinking pumpkins and skeletons, but I was having to think snow when I live in Texas, and use colors that rhyme with Rothko's red's yellows, oranges, blues and blacks! Yikes! For two weeks I stewed, him-hawed, and graciously balked. Finally, I started in and was pleasantly surprised at the fun I had making snow yellow, blue, or whatever. It turned out to be fun and the song was in my head and on my lips the whole time. By the time I mailed that calendar off, I was in a holiday mood, big time . . . Thanks, Deb!
Here are the other pages I did for her calendar:
The image on the left started with the copy of Rothko's painting with yellows and oranges which looked like the hot beach to me. On the right is where I painted the background using the same colors making the scene a White Chrismas.
On the right here is where the copy of Rothko's painting is with the reds, oranges, and greens. Now for Christmas, reds and greens are perfect -- but for snow? Well, it worked out ok, I guess. (I think IRL the greens on the two pages are more similar than in these scans - but maybe not.
Finally, the piece that goes with the first scan I posted above. This is actually the last spread in my section. Rothko's painting was blue and black (which I used as the background here):
Deb's calendar is turning out to be spectacular. Each artist has seemed to resonate with the song she was assigned and did a great job of depicting it - - and many times using Rothko's colors. Deb sent along a CD she had of all the songs inviting us to listen while we create. I enjoyed playing the CD and singing as I looked through each artist's pages. Fun! These are a few of the pages from other artists:
This spread looked more like "I'll Have a Blue, Blue Christmas Without You." So I must admit, I did have a little Elvis in my head as I was doing this one. He and Bing sing great together!