If you remember, a few posts back I decided a project I was working on wasn’t working. I was still a fan of the basic idea but I thought it could be done somewhat better. It looked like this on the outside. I liked these colors but not for what I was hoping to achieve.
The doors were giving me grief too. I liked them opening in the middle but alas, it became a no go.
And here’s the inside. I wasn’t certain if I was going to be a fan of altering this image – I was hoping it would be for the better.
So, what was the inspiration for this piece?
I think it goes back quite a ways actually. As a child, I loved swinging on the swings we had in the back yard. When we went to visit my grandmother, she had a porch swing and that was great too. The porch was where wonderful stories got told.
On my front porch, we have a swing where we often pass a bit of time on nice afternoons when the weather is nice, or take in a storm when it isn’t. In our back yard, my husband built a set of swings that is big enough for ‘someone’ to use that isn’t necessarily a five-year-old.
The image below is one of my favorites because it captures all those great memories and the feeling you get when you are gliding effortlessly through the air on a swing. It was my jumping off place for this piece.
This is the Do-over Done:
This is called “I wanna go higher . . .” and this is the (new) front.
Here is the inside left with quotes about childhood, playing, joy and being alive.
The inside right - complete with a tree swing and a teddy sitting on it.
And here is the same side without the bear. As my daughter noticed, the tree provides a natural frame for the bear on the swing. More quotes on this side too.
What I’m thinking now is that if it was warmer, not the wee hours of the morning and I had something besides my PJ’s on; a few minutes on a swing would be a right nice idea. Tomorrow it is supposed to be warmer here, so maybe, just maybe . . .