Monday, July 30, 2012

Postcard Challenge Week 30~INDIA

WOW week 30 ALREADY?!
This week was a week I truly loved- I was so inspired by INDIA-As soon as Darcy posted I knew immediately what I was doing and how I wanted to do it. As most of you know India is land of many  contrasts; severe poverty but yet many great cities  with amazing temples and shrines of elaborate architecture.  It also is a land of many beautiful jungles ; containing some amazing animal such as the  Royal Bengal tiger- which are still on the endangered species  list (since 1970).They have the most colorful coats , are extremely graceful in the way they walk,  but at the same time they are powerful and highly feared animals in India. Because of this, they are still being slaughtered  daily mostly out of fear. (Several premier reserves have been developed  all over India to protect them, but this is proving to not save all of them).
The shrines in India are spectacular including the Taj Mahal built over a period of 22 years(?) by Shahjahan to honour his late wife's death ; whom died after giving birth to her 14th child. It was intended to be a mausoleum , but actually became a testament to his love for his wife. Now you know why I choose my subjects.

Front of Postcard
This Tiger was done in watercolors and pen .
Did you know no 2 tigers have the same coat patterns?
I mean seriously How gorgeous are  their coats?
I love to look at pictures of tigers - but I don't
think I would like to come face-to-face with one!

Back of card


Correspondence:
"My Dearest Melite,
I know by now you're probably very upset with
me since "I disappeared again"-
Part of the reason for my trip to U.S. was to prep for
a mission to India- The aim was to raise funds for the
Royal Bengal Tiger Reserve in Ranthambhore,
Nat'l Park. We must save this amazing cat!
Once that work was done I went to see the
Taj Mahal- the story behind it's building
is so Romantic-So wish you were there with me!
Alexander
xxooxx"

Page in Book

I choose an image of the Taj Mahal .
Was going to draw it but ran out of time so
I altered a image I found online instead . The
sunset coloring is done in watercolors -
the Taj Mahal is detailed in gold Posca paint pens.
I drew an arch way based on true India architecture and
painted it in black acrylics- the sand was done in  
acrylics too-  added the images of the elephant
and camel to the foreground.Title was cut out
from an old travel ad -detailed with gold paint too.


Completed Page in Book


HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT
CREATIVE WEEK -
OFF TO SEE ANY ONE'S WORK

FOTOJOY/JOYCE





12 comments:

  1. The tiger is truly a work of art, well done.

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    1. Thank you so much Kaylene-
      I'm lovin this challenge!

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful! Lovely painting of the tiger and your interpretation of the Taj Mahal.

    Janet xx

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    1. Janet Thanks for the wonderful & kind words !

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  3. Your tiger is incredible. So full of life.

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    1. Thanks!! I think this has to be my favorite card so far in this challenge!

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  4. Totally beautiful, fantastic work! Valerie

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  5. wow such a beautiful card Joyce, really lovely.

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    1. Darcy THANK YOU SO Much! -doing this challenge has inspired me so much and I think my artwork has improved because of it!

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  6. a true work of art. Its beautiful and so is your painting..excellent.

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    1. Mags thank you for the kind comments Now off to see all the cards!

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