Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Adventures of Madeline. Collage. Shelby Pizzarro

The Adventures of Madeline
"In an old house in Paris
That was covered in vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines."

Do these opening lines hold as much affection for you as they do for me? Whenever I hear author and artist Ludwig Bemelmans' rhymes, I gladly enter his evocative world of Madeline.
I recently took part in a Tag Swap. "Share Your Favourite Book" was the theme.  I am a Bibliophile...with a capital B...and I'm not afraid to admit it! So this should have been a pretty easy decision. But which book to choose??!! Each title on my list was filled with special memories and meanings.
As my list of possible contenders grew, my eye kept coming back to one title...Madeline.
Madeline, the little girl who Bemelmans lovingly crafted his stories around, was self-sufficient, ingenious, and was fearless enough to travel into a part of the world I hoped I would someday discover on my own.
But more than the enchanting story lines, the exotic locations, and the character of Madeline herself, the series is a reminder of a cherished childhood. My Mom and I would make our daily trip to the Brooklyn Public Library and rush home to read the books together. And as we turned each page it was her constant reassurance that, with a little hard work, I could accomplish anything I wanted to in life. Like Madeline, I too could be self-sufficient, ingenious, and most of all, fearless.
The substrate for my Tag is illustration board. The background is a combination of various coloured Distress Inks. I scratched into the board to give it texture and applied rubber stamped swirls. Over the background is a selection of vintage images, Washi tape, handmade paper, a Bonne Maman label, and of course Ludwig Bemelmans' lovely illustration and text. I finished the Tag with stencilled acrylic paint.
But wherever my childhood dreams encouraged me to wander, Ludwig Bemelmans' words still ring true for me...
"The best part of a voyage
By plane,
By ship,
Or train
Is when the trip is over and you are
Home Again."
What is the best part of your Life Voyage? May you always find that delicious place you call Home.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

Oh, I'm definitely a 'home again' person! Even though I've had to make a home in a new country, wherever I can have a studio space I can feel at home.