Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Creative Space - Channeling Ado Annie




Do you remember TV's Saturday Matinee? Week after week of fabulous movie matinees from the 1960s... Jerry Lewis, Doris Day, Rosalind Russell, Leslie Caron, Audrey Hepburn... all those musicals! Did you love them? Do you still remember the words to some of the songs? Well, I've found myself humming the Ado Annie song from Oklahoma lately... you know the one... "I'm just a girl who can't say no, I'm in a terrible fix. I always say Come on let's go, just when I ought to say nix..." If you aren't familiar with this gem and want to have a listen, visit here.

So, yeah... I think I'm channeling Ado Annie ;) I received a lovely email inviting me to participate in an artist's exchange and I knew I had a million things to do... I knew there were so many people waiting for me to do things I'd promised them ages ago... but I just couldn't say no! The guilt did wear heavily on me though, so I set myself a challenge. It was already evening and I told myself I had to finish it that night and that I could only use bits and pieces already hanging around in my work room. So, I found a print I'd made off the stencil for my banksia leaves screenprint, a bird I'd started for my yellow collage and discarded when I realised there wasn't enough room for the tail, a block printed letter C that I'd stitched around one day months ago, some felt bits hanging around and some iron-on transfer bits of lace from a project I'd been working on a couple of years ago. Et voila!

It's the pictorial equivalent of a bubble and squeak soup but I hope Cecilia likes it! (I know, her work is so amazingly gorgeous, it's a wonder I had the guts to participate at all!!) Anyway, bravery was mustered and it is currently winging its way over to Sweden. I'm still one person short to invite into the exchange so if you'd like to participate, email me. It is good fun - particularly if you can bubble and squeak it ;)

See more creative spaces or join in yourself over at Kootoyoo. Big thanks to Kirsty for hosting, as always :)

20 comments:

teddybearswednesday said...

It's absolutely beautiful Kylie, I love it!

caramela said...

That is so funny Kylie, I just, only just, sent you an email, about the artists exchange, how I said no, (sensible), the first time around but I couldn't say no again!!! Oh dear, Kylie the work looks amazing and I am sure she will adore it!
Annamaria xxxxxx

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Adorable Kylie! I'm sure Cécilia will be over the moon.
I was born and raised on Fred & Ginger and musicals à la Gypsy with Nathalie Wood. Often break into song too.

Kylie said...

OMG! How could I forget to include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers!! I loved them so much. Gypsy is one of my all-time favourite movies... "I had a dream, a dream about you. It's gonna come true..." Okay... I'll stop ;) K

handmade romance said...

wow this is fantastic! and in such super speed - you are good. love the 'C' - perfect touch. thanks for participating im sure your piece will be loved. i had the same thought with the person my piece is for - their work is amazing : ) i will reveal more on my blog tomorrow. and like you all made from things on hand - but mine took 2 nights. glutton for punishment ; )

Gina said...

I really love this Kylie. The bird, the lace, the banksia print, all of it is perfect and blends so well together in spite of the kind of disparate elements. You're a master!

elk said...

oh the gray...the cream... and a bird! someone is going to be very happy, I am just looking at it!

gretchenmist said...

am sure she will be over the moon with your extremely stylish bubble n squeak effort. this exchange has me very curious :)

Linda said...

this is certainly a beautiful piece Kylie! I loved those movies too I loved Doris Day and Rock Hudson and I loved Gidget too

inaluxe said...

you're awesome - this is a beautiful piece! I love the colours and the print in particular. And yes! (laughing loudly here) I remember the saturday matinee movies. Mostly I remember my grandfather loved them (especially anything with tarzan or cowboys in it) as he'd get so excited at the funny bits! He'd laugh and point at the TV, jump up and down, and make sure you didn't miss it! It was very cool! He made them extra special. :)

homehearthappiness said...

I love all those old movies - my fav Calamity Jane! Love your artwork too - it's amazing what you can make from bits you have lying around! x

Selina said...

It's just gorgeous Kylie, I'm sure it will be well received.

yardage girl said...

Wow - looks great and NOT like bubble and squeak! Great idea to just get it done - we should all do that more often!

Ooty said...

Super gorgeouse!!!!!! I would love to recieve it =D!

ArtMind said...

Ohh I don't know about the matinées but I'm mighty happy you thought of me for the art exchange. I'm still one person short too though... I'll post it in my blog too - good idea, Kylie!
I'm sure that Cecilia will love it! It's gorgeous! :)

Cindy said...

It's perfect Kylie...really eye catching. Yes I loved those midday movies, so comforting...xx

Amanda said...

I have no doubt she will love it..What great inspiration and fun!!!

Michelle said...

So beautiful! I'd be happy with that!

june at noon said...

What a brave challenge, but very successful! (I was singing the song in my head before I even get past your title. Big show tunes family here!)

74 Lime Lane said...

i know the feeling ~ but that is an awesome piece. I'm sure it will be very well received