I opened the first package, which was a bundle wrapped into a blue ribbon and discovered a whole new world. The letters started out with "My Dearest One" dated from 1903. How exciting and thrilling, I felt like I was stepping back in time and peeking into a world I was unfamiliar with. As I glanced through all the letters it finally occurred to me that this was a one sided conversation. These letters were all written by men to a one lady and I didn't know her side of the story. I realized then that my idea would need work and tweaking before it could become a podcast.
But the letters were beautiful and aged. The handwriting was like art itself. It seem like cursive will be a lost art in the next century but this 100 year old letters were gorgeous. I decided to scan the and turn them into digital download backgrounds and list them for sale on my store at Creative Market. I felt a lot better sharing them then just keeping them bundled up in my cupboard.
Yesterday I decided to paint again. I have been busy working on the computer with my photography and hadn't been inspired to paint in awhile but yesterday it felt right. I got out my paints and brushes and went to town. I created a beautiful bright green and blue piece. I wasn't done yet and decided to try mixing my old with my new.
I used some of the vintage letters, molding paste, stencils and acrylics to create this new piece of artwork. This 12" x 16" piece is done on a wood panel. I love how it turned out. I almost don't want to part with it. You can see this and more of my work on my facebook page.
I feel good giving new life to this old correspodence.