Title: Lady in Red (inspired by Chris De Burgh's song: Lady in Red (here)
My senior year in high school I drew the Lady in Red. It was the most stressful, infuriating, humbling and the most rewarding moment in my artistic journey.
One ordinary day as I was sitting in my room looking through the pages of Bazaar magazine and listening to music and this song came on. The model in the Bazaar page was wearing a colorful, bold print summer dress, but the photo looked so classic and timeless...just two people lost in the moment, dancing the streets together....it could be anywhere, and anytime in history really.
Upon hearing the song lyrics: "...lady in red is dancing with me [cheek to cheek], there's nobody here, just you and me...," I felt as if I was visited by my muse. Immediately I felt an immense desire to make this little photo into a large scale black & white drawing, changing the dress to a red one. I had doubts that this undertaking is beyond my skill level, nevertheless I persevered. I remember having moments when I wanted to crumple and/or rip this drawing. I especially had difficulty with realistically drawing their hands and getting the folds in his pants to look 3 dimensional. I felt an indescribable high when I actually finished it. It was as proud of a moment as having my babies later on in my life.
This drawing won me a few local art contests. I was actually asked by a few people to buy it (even though the sign said, "not for sale" :) I was flattered, but some things are so meaningful, that you can't put a price on it.
So, you may ask, what does this drawing have to do with a scrapbooker's blog? Simple enough to explain, I am planning a scrapbook page about the things and material possessions that I hold dear, and this drawing of mine, is definitely my prized possession :)
Thanks for looking!