I loved the flying man image in my "7-Up Revival" collage and decided to try to use it again in a collage with a different story. Making art takes a lot of problem solving. Especially when you're trying to make something old new again, like my flying man. I've learned I have to look at problems from more than one perspective.
The old picture is me at 7 trying out my new Christmas umbrella on a sunny day. Lots of pictures were taken that day with my parents, grandparents and aunt. Family stories, laughing, love, chocolate fudge, belonging. "In the acorn lies the Oak." I've been an oak a long time, but I'll always remember that little acorn kindly.
This collage is a reminder to me. I've learned the sun is always shining up there somewhere. Even when the rain is pouring, it's up there. And that little Morton Girl taught us all, it's never too wet to spread a little salt around. The curved arrow image was drawn on the back of a love letter Chuck wrote me when I was just a sapling. It recalls the shared path we've been on and the many layers of our love.
I still carry that little girl with me wherever I go. I'm glad that 7-Up bottle taught her to be bold and seize the moment. She reminds me of that every now and then when I'm living on cruise control. Seize the moment...that's where the love is the sweetest!