Sunday, April 29, 2012

I am Strong

Now I know this may be a strange title but I have taken it from Zinnia's monthly prompt on our art journals.  It can mean and be many many things.  When I first saw this prompt I thought of "The Little Engine that could", a children's book about a little train engine that could make it up a hill, don't ask me why but that is the first thing that popped into my head.  Then of course Mighty Mouse, a tiny little mouse that could save the world.  I do hope some of you remember these little characters,  at least one or two of you possibly.

When I was photographing high school seniors, a lot of them by the way, hubs figured at least 6,000 of them and remember I had no photography assistants, just me.  Fora couple of years I did have someone helping me but then I figured yes I can shoot more but then when the summer was over it was me by myself again so went back to just me.  Towards the end Hubs helped me with some computer work and got just pretty good at it.  He won't admit it but he was.  Thanks Mr. Graves.

   The seniors would tease me and say I taught them a new language~ one in particular was tootsie.  I would tell them to put their little tootsie on a stool or a little speaker I had called "THE BOX",   they would look at me and say what ?  Their foot !  I would talk about different subjects to keep them at ease and half the time they didn't know what in the world I was talking about, kind of a different time zone-my world and theirs.    Our daughter Debra, when was was a 2nd grade teacher would tell the same story.   She would talk to her students about a past president or something that happened in history and she knew by the looks on their faces they didn't have a clue what she was talking about.   So this is why I hope some of you know who Mighty Mouse or the Train Engine is.  

Mean while back at the ranch, our prompt was suppose to be an animal of what we would be if given a choice to be a someone strong.  Well, that is what I got out of it.  So thinking of that I thought of a wolf,  I was going to think horse but wolf came out and so I ran with it.  My gut feeling I suppose.  I went on the Internet and found this about the wolf,  oh I could have found ugly things about them and Little Red Riding Hood's wolf but this is what I went with.

 Many Native American people called the wolf the Pathfinder or Teacher. They admired the wolf's intelligence, courage, and strength. They also saw in the wolf a loyal pack member who help with the family as a whole when necessary. The tales handed down from generation to generation are mainly stories of wolf the keen hunter, wolf the devoted family member, wolf the proud defender of his territory, wolf the intelligent teacher, and wolf the true survivor. These were characteristics deserving great respect and emulation. To carry wolf power, among many tribes, was to be greatly honored and admired. In turn, the wolf was celebrated in ceremony and legend, as well as in dance and song.

So paint was applied and molding paste slapped on here and there to give texture.  I found some pictures of wolves and used, believe it or not there is a moon on here.   I kept embellishing it and lo and be hold who popped out on the side ?  You go it- a horse.  So I thought if he wants to be on there so be it.  so I added a few paint lines to help him out there.  His little leg and all were there already.  I thought to be interesting how he appeared.



Here you go the duo page.  the wolf in the moon I got off of the Internet someone had drawn, I couldn't find a name who did it, but if you know please let me know. 


Close up of the horse, I don't think I could have planned it any better.


Now I am thinking of having a give away, I am getting close to 10,000 views. I know in the scheme of things that may not be a lot but to me that is giant.   So as soon as I figure out how to do and what to make it be I will let you know.  If you have a suggestion I will gladly look at it. 

Thanks for much for stopping in and seeing what is going on in my world. xoxo

9 comments:

  1. I love the way the horse emerged! Okay--can you hear me singing??...."Here I come to save the day---Mighty Mouse is on the way..........

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    1. Yea Janet, you remember Mighty Mouse's song. WHEW I amnot the only one. xo

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  2. I'm liking the embossed look and am certainly interested in what you come up with in the give away. Hope you're not too hot down there already.

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    1. Hi Jane, glad you like the look, yes that will the thing what to give. so will have to get my thinking cap on. Nope not to bad yet. did have a 105 degree day but today it cooled down a lot so see what mother nature does with us this next week. think she may be clearing her throat. How is it up there ? xo

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  3. I was thinking the other day of how special you made our seniors feel when you photographed them, Annette. Like a model! And the results were always amazing. You were very good at what you did, and we thank you for your talent.
    Love,
    Jean Moffatt

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    1. thank Jean, that made my day of you commenting about my seniors. I loved everyone of them and all that I got to do during my 24 years of photography. xo

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  4. What a great post Annette, had a few chuckles along the way...would really love to hear you speaking in real life. And very interesting that the horse just showed up...hmmm , fantastic creativity as always.
    xox

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    1. Oh Jane, just imagine what I say in a heavy West Texas accent. Eldon says I write like I talk but without the accent. Hugs ox

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  5. Gorgeous work Annette!
    All those beautiful details:)
    Stunning.
    Hugs, Heidi:)

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