September 8, 2009

"Dance by the light of the Moon"

"Dance by the Light of the Moon"
4"x6"
Collage
(Click on the moon to see the details!)

Yes, I DID sing "Dance by the Light of the Moon" from "It's a Wonderful Life" when I created this piece for the Three Muses challenge of "moonstruck". After all it IS one of my very favorite movies.

So many different images swirled in my mind for this great challenge, it was difficult to choose only one scenario. When I found this picture of the beautiful lady in the Library of Congress archives, I knew I had to use her for this collage. I extracted her digitally from her black and white photo, colorized her (first digitally and then with Prismacolors), and placed a crown (Tammara at Pixel Music) upon her head before placing her in the theater setting (Itkupilli).

I chose a moonface (Dover Publications) and added a tophat
(Flickr's Artsy-Fartsy Queen) and ribbon (Tammara at Pixel Music). For the romance factor (and because there's moonlight) there just had to be roses (Tammara at Pixel Music). And for the enchantment, I added a touch of glitter to add sparkle to the moon's hatband, the tiara and the trim on the lady's gossamer gown.

All of the images were enhanced with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils, and the final enchanting elements were added to the background with a white gel pen and a silver metallic marker.

Hope you have an enchanting day!
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42 comments:

indybev said...

I'm in love with your Mr. Moon, your dancing lady is suitably elegant, and all the minute little details you so lovingly put in your art make it so special. Lovely, Ms. Terri, just lovely!

LW said...

Beautiful with a touch of magic…
Wonderful artwork.

Louise

Lori Saul said...

What a dapper moon and lovely lady Terri! Beautiful work in color and composition!

peggy gatto said...

Just lovely art(again)!

Ozstuff said...

What can I say? Magnificent, superb, stunning. splendiferous all come to mind. Your "Dance by the Light of the Moon" is a beautiful piece of art first and foremost but, as Bev has pointed out, there are so many tiny details to discover and relish. Huge standing ovation from me!! (And, yes, your Mr Moon can put his slippers on my floor!)

terri d. said...

you never disappoint girl! love this, it's so happy and oh those colors....wonderful!!

Renee (nayski) said...

Terri, this is absolutely stunning. That Mr. Moon is my favorite with his rosy cheeks and wonderful hat! So much work in this piece and it really shows - it's awesome!

Amy said...

aw, she's super fantastic. I love that song to!!! I love the sparkle's you'd added. Amazing work as always!! You Inspire!

sharon said...

I also looove Mr. Moon, how wonderful he is!! And the lady DIVINE!! This piece is gorgeous Terri, it sparkles and lights up the night!!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

oh so charming what you've created and those words make me feel all sparkly and bright.....Love your art Terri!

Judy said...

Lovely colours, design & concept here, Terri, gorgeous piece of work as usual!!

Taluula said...

Where do I start with this one? I so hope everyone takes the time to enlarge as there is so much to look at, and I know I shall come back and look again and again. Love that Moon and your lady is a delight. Scrumdidlyumptious Terri.

LiveArt said...

Wow, wow and Wow!! This is amazing!! love the moon and the dancing lady!! The colours are amazing and so is your composition!! Love it!!! Well done!!

Linda

June said...

OH !!!!!! Teri this is so magical and gorgeous my friend. I am just switching off as need to rest but couldnt go without saying how amazing i think this one is ... but then your art is always so
Hugs June xxxxxxx

Willy said...

Love your collage, Terri! It's wonderful.

"MOI" Freubel said...

Your style is so UNIQUE Terri.
Every time when i visit your blog i am so curious HOW you made it.
And also every time you won't disappoint me by telling.
I love the setting and al the details that you brought into this piece.
Even as the coloures that you've mixed so fantastic together.
I think it was very much work and the final result is BRILLIANT !

Ro Bruhn said...

This looks beautiful, it has a 3D quality about it. You could imagine the lady stepping out of the card.

Betty said...

Beautiful piece, I love the colors.

Martina2801 said...

Terrific work, Terri, beautifully created!

Yvonne said...

Oh so magic! Gorgeous piece, Terri!

1creativeone said...

This is so colorful and creative, love it Terri!

Ellen said...

what a lovely scene and so much to look at and admire

Susan Sager Brown said...

Wow!! This piece is so lovely and compllicated!! !I aspire to do this kind of beautiful work some day!thank you so much for all your generous and encouraging comments about my fledgling PS attempts. They mean the world to me coming from you!!xoSusan

gypsy said...

One of my favorite movies as well; the starlight doodles add a funky touch!

Limar said...

What a lovely card :)

Eila A said...

Oh, Terri, you have created a most wonderful and elegant collage! I love all the details and embellishments and glitters you have added - your work really has some of the full moon's magic in it.

AliMayes said...

Absolutely fabulous - I love how you have done this Terri! I wish I had your artistic skills.
Ali xx

peppapig said...

Fantastic Terri,and that moon is just fab,love it!!

whymsicalmusings said...

Terri this is just BEAUTIFUL! I so love the moon in the top hat BRAVO!

Musing said...

maggiebyrI love your whimsical piece,Terri.The colouring is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing how this was made.

Kimmie said...

I love the moon face ..... he looks like he's seen it all .... there's nothing new under the sun (or moon)

Laura said...

What fun.

vintage wil said...

Beautiful magic piece!!

roc said...

it's always such a job to come see what you've created!

Jennifer Maroney said...

Terry, lovely piece! I love your blog! Very whimsical and magical, a place to be creative!

Jann said...

This is a beautiful piece--I found your lovely blog through Hanne--thanks for the visit--I'll be back soon! Smiles, Jann

Lynn said...

Wowza!!!!! Terri, this is SPECTACULAR!!!!!! I think it is one of my favorites of yours so far, just LOVE it :)
I think you should make your collages into greeting cards, since I have some of your postcards it got me thinking what nice cards they would make :) Just a thought.

willow said...

Lovely piece, Terri. Certain phrases always trigger songs in my head. It makes life fun, doesn't it?

Melissa said...

It's a beautiful piece Terri!
Smiles-
Melissa

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This is a wonderful piece, Terri! It's magical.

José said...

Wonderful entry!

Jean said...

Terri, this is absolutely magical!!!! I love the watercolors you used to give your lady of the evening an enchanting background. I always look forward to your work each piece is so unique and inspiring.