Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Buried Treasure Blog Event...Surrender Dorothy


'Surrender Dorothy' mixed media collage painting by Kim Smith 2013 (please do not take image without permission)

I am reposting this for the Buried Treasure Blog Event today. I have gone thru all of my posts and still come back to this one as my all time favorite. Going back thru my blog from the beginning was filled with nostalgia, many memories of swaps and workshops, and several 'oh my god, what was I thinking?' I picked my top 5 fav posts and even though it is fairly recent, I kept coming back to this one and remembered how much I enjoyed making the art and the post. Please visit Seth Apter's AlteredPage blog to see the list of participating blogs!

3/14/13....The inspiration for this painting is a black and white photo of Judy Garland as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I LOVE  this image and knew it was the one I would alter. This is a 5x7 mixed media collage on matboard. I used a paint over technique on Dorothy's image using pens, acrylic paints and stamps. In the background are the TinMan, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, her companions on her journey on the Yellow Brick Road. I wanted to create a piece that gave a sense of Dorothy having gone thru an apocalyptic event (the tornado) and her transition into the surreal place that is Oz. At the same time I wanted to preserve her aura of innocence and purity. She's tired, pale, hungry and a little worse for wear but still maintains her vision of home and family. I named this piece 'Surrender Dorothy', not because she has given in to those that try to distract her from her goal, but because she has surrendered and accepted her decision to journey into the unknown only to find in the end that everything that she was seeking was already within her. xo



57 comments:

JoAnne said...

Really nice post Kim and Dorothy's never looked better! Beautiful!

Janet Ghio said...

She looks just fabulous!!

Jann said...

This is striking--just beautiful! You did Dorothy proud!

Netty said...

terrific mixed media artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Gina said...

Fabulous colour choices you have added to this image, she looks like she is about to turn and speak to you :D XXX

denthe said...

Love her face! wonderful work!

Sue said...

FabuLOUS!,
The film is on tv today, so I am going to indulge:)
Lovely work. Wish I could do this!
Xxxxx

artpickins.com said...

Very timely - love the color palette. She appears 'alive'. Happy PPF.

AntiquityTravelers said...

Seriously cool altered Dorothy!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love the paint on her face. She looks like an out of this world Geisha. And her hair tone... lovely ;-)

Happy aLtEReD oZ.

Linda said...

this is fabulous!!Love the image of Dorothy clicking her heels too-fun! Happy PPF!

Kim said...

Such a beautiful image!

Linda Wildenstein said...

This is so striking and haunting. Love it. Fabulous aLteREd piece. Thanks so much for your participation in the silly wonderfulness that is Celebrate Oz. I appreciate all that you did and hope you'll join us again next year, over the rainbow, Oma Linda

craftattack said...

Wow, really fantastic! Valerie

maddyrose said...

Now this is perfectly wonderful! What a lovely altered Dorothy! Happy Altered Oz!

Faye said...

Gorgeous alteration of Dorothy!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

wow Kim.. a fabulous post !
Happy PPF!

xxx Susi
ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY

Mary C. Nasser said...

What a fun work of art, Kim!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Nichola said...

Lovely :)

Gloria in CA said...

Nice job. Love her clicking her heels too:) thanks for that. Happy PPF!

pauline said...

what a fantastic mixed media!! i love it. i had hardly noticed the other characters in the background until i read your words. Fabulous. Have a great weekend! xox

Beverley Baird said...

Gorgeous piece! Loved that movie and Judy Garland.

Tami Von Zalez said...

Great altered image of Dorothy!

Visiting from Altered Oz ~

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Gloria said...

I like your message for naming the image, she's wonderful and strong. ♥

Ann said...

marvelous mixed media piece!!!
love~love~ love what you did with Dorothy!!
ox

Lorraine said...

great I want her shoes

So Dark So Cute said...

WOW! She is so beautiful! xoxo Donna

kat said...

Fantastic! This is just so great, love it!

Beansieleigh said...

Wow! Beautiful work!!.. And nice meeting you via Celebrate Oz! ~tina

James C. Wallace II said...

Great looking work you've done there. Very Warhol feel to it! I like the hint of green in the eyes!

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz

Debbie said...

she really looks great! i love the red shoes too.

Magic Love Crow said...

Very cool mixed media collage painting! I love it! Happy Altered Oz ;o)

Kristin said...

Wow- That's VERY cool - and what a great concept for a hop too - thanks for the visit, the info and your gorgeous inspiration, xo!

Enejy clemens said...

WoW!!! Awesome job. Your piece is stunning!!!

Sunshineshelle said...

Wonderful alteration! I would be constantly distracted if I wore Dorothy's shoes ;)

Anne said...

Very much reminds me of Andy Warhol. Great job!!

Melisa said...

What a fun piece! I love all things Oz!

Melisa said...

What a fun piece! I love all things Oz!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Lovely!

Maria said...

oh soooo lovely!

Elisa said...

nicely created kim! Love her expression!

April said...

This is a very striking image and so true for Dorothy..it's the Journey, not the destination. Just beautiful!!

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful, very expressive! Love the vintage image with unusual colors! <3

Giggles said...

Absolutely STUNNING....I LOVE IT!!! Wow this is sooo special. You should win an award. I could see this poster size!!

Hugs Giggles

soulbrush said...

Adore this, one of your best. Judy Garland had such an amazing face.I think I've probably seen this film 10 times. Happy PPF.

Lynn Cohen said...

Fun! Great rendition!

Kirstin McCulloch said...

Kim - your mixed media piece is awesome - I love it. My kids have just watch the wizard of oz + they absolutely adore it (my middle one says I am dorothy today mama!)
Have a great week x

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful work! I just LOVE what you have done to alter this photo. Dorothy looks amazing!!

Katherine Wolak said...

Dorothy looks so fresh! Sweet post girl! :)

Hugs,

NatashaMay said...

I love your Dorothy collage. :) So sweet!

cmoh said...

Wow Kim your painting has really taken off, I absolutely love this. Please tell me that you are selling your work because it is much better than half the stuff I see selling.

Love the new (ish?) look of your blog.

Sorry it's taken me so long to get around. I've been ill but am having a great time now.

Fabulous post
Caroline

Linda said...

i always liked the movie and have watched it often. beautifully done painting, great art.

Pandora said...

LOVE your altered oz!

Lynne with an e said...

Very cool how the colours of this just pop! There is so much emotion in her eyes, and your way of highlighting the face really makes it shine through. Thanks for visiting me at Ragzedge.

Jo Murray said...

Beautifully altered image. Love your work.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

What a beautiful great tribute to Judy Garland, love how you altered the image, great work!

Chris / CS Designs said...

Hi Tabitha, Found your blog through Seth's Buried Treasure and love the technique you applied to Dorothy. I also enjoyed seeing your other work and have become a follower of your blog.
:) Chris / CS Designs