Found this painting in a thrift store. Minimal alteration to change meaning of image. I added Ms. America Crown, gave her a rifle in lieu of flowers, draped American Flag and put a red dot on her forehead. Indicating various meanings: sniper shot/bullseye, target the immigrants, India married female women, third eye knowing chakra.
Inspired by growing up in Tampa, Florida, visiting Bush Gardens. As a child my dad would often take me to the beer garden where the pink flamingos roamed freely. I would be playing and chasing these beautiful birds as my dad smiled and drank his bush and Pabst blue ribbon beer. Had no idea at the time that you were not to be flocking with the birds as there were no fences in the 70’s.
I created my art pillows by dropping the dog feet on my sewing machine. Initially, I did not understand what a “dog feet” attachment was, as I was actually look for a sewing foot/attachment in the shape of a dog. These pillows are perfect to decorate your home, your pet area, wedding pillow gifts for the bride and groom, father’s day and mother days celebrations along with just owning an artist doll.
“Oh Really!”, was my first doll, showing my expression in trying to learn techniques while laughing at myself. I loved emphasizing the eyes.
This was followed by my “Emerge”pillow. Self expression of a woman emerging from their own psyche while exploring the expectations from life and others. She begins to see and understand her own substance as she emerges beside two walls of flowers.
“Knowledge and Life Lessons”, are representational of a couple in a relationship. I of course, used the image of myself and rocker, guitarist husband, Johnny V, for image references. I felt we were both gaining and sharing knowledge and life lessons. This is a great pillow for a wedding gift, bride and groom or those renewing their vows! Note the Hot Lips and the bird of knowledge sitting on the woman’s head.
“Brown Girl Contemplating”, is a result of my dear friendships, interactions and long time membership with NCAAWA.org (North County African American Women’s Association. I have a dear friend who during meetings and decision making I can see the contemplation on her face and just smile. I remember thinking about her own diligence to accomplish tasks, so when I was getting frustrated trying to get a handle on my sewing machine, I just smiled. Thus I created, “Brown Girl Contemplating”.
“Kitty Boy”, is the perfect pillow for A man and his cat. I made this after watching the love and interaction of my husband and our Cat, FrankieBJ.
Love Me, is a perfect pet pillow you can hang over your animals bed or give to that special someone.
All art pillows and art dolls are hand made, hand sewn, original ideas on duck cotton cloth, with fancy couture fabric , thread and stitches. Created by me, the Artist: Trish Vernazza.
I have the honor and a wonderful opportunity to be published in another book, authored by Richard Bardgill, illustrating chapter 4, parable for Existentialism and Zhuangzi, Daoism. Published by Rutledge in a few months. Both of my drawings are available for purchase on my Esty. www.visionsofvenus.etsy.com. The quest for knowledge is a man whose wisdom is bigger than the world and while others come to question their own search he validates their own knowledge. My Man and his two birds are about self reflection. Note the man’s eye is shaped like a bird, (my unconscious signature).
Inspiration from two women who have inspired me. My lovely art instructor, Leslie and my dear friend Laurie. Both of these ladies encourage and support my dreams and art endeavors. Painting is the perfect therapy for a balanced life. 6×6 oil on textured board, for sale on my Etsy site $40.00, www.Visionsofvenus.etsy.com
I’m so excited to be featured at Tri City’s Fashion Show“Fashion that Heals!” on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa.
Proceeds from this upscale fashion show will benefit women’s heart health programs at Tri-City Medical Center. Last year’s second annual event helped fund $350,000 in the latest digital mammography equipment. Since its inception, Tri-City Hospital Foundation has funded over $43 million dollars to support Tri-City Medical Center.
My couture aprons will be on display and my couture dress will be the finale!!
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