Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Blog Giveaway

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What do you think guys? Is anyone interested?
This piece measures 24"x18". It came from my slightly darker times about two years ago. People have asked me what it means and I am wondering if the meaning is really that essential since everyone sees things differently. To some - it's just a bunch of masks, to others - just a cliché of despair. Some love it, some hate it.

These are masks, different masks that each and everyone one of us wears at one point in our lives. We take off one, just to put on another one. It is not the masks that are crying - it is the person behind them that is crying because he/she is unknown to its Self. Hence the writing "you don't know".

Now I didn't sit there and analysed the work in my head before making it. I threw it onto the canvas and then looked at it and that's what it revealed to me.

I want to give it away. It had stared at me long enough and I would like to think that I am a little closer to that face behind the mask. It is someone else's turn now. If all this hits home, then leave a comment to enter the giveaway. I will randomly draw from the comments on October 30. Make sure I am able to contact you (sometimes I click on person's name and there is no blog or contact info).

If it is not too much trouble to blog about this post or link to me, it would be much appreciated, although not required to enter. If you do blog about it or link to me, can you please link to my main website http://www.laraberch.com.


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19 comments:

rebecca said...

I am a great admirer of your work and an avid reader of your blog. I would love to win this. The eyes seem to talk to me. The colors may be dark, but they seem essential. Thanks for letting me play.

Lesha said...

Count me in! :)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Hi Lara,
I really like it and it immediately makes me think of my son, a video game artist by profession,,,and an all round great artist in general. If I would win, I'd give it to him to enjoy :)

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I am not sure how I found your blog but I am here and reading every day. I am a lurker, but have to add my name to your give away. I love the work you do and would be very proud to hang this piece in my home.

Douglas Karr said...

That's a beautiful piece. I used to write poetry - but only when I was feeling down and out. As a result my poems left a similar impression that this piece does. I love it.

I'm in!

SuZ said...

oooh! I collect art ... this piece is very interesting...would love to have it in my collection...

Beth said...

Absolutely love it!

Please put me in the drawing.

I'll link you in my blog.

Nahani said...

The colors draw me into the piece. It makes me feel warm even tho it also makes me feel sad and I really like it. Think its kind of a picture of what I feel when dealing with my Mom's Alzheimers disease. Even with all the sadness there is still joy. I'd hang this with pride and commune with it if I won.

No Easy Beads said...

I love the picture. It reminds of krewe colors from one of the Mardi Gras parades. I found your blog from a friend who shared the link.

gina said...

Hi, Lara!
That is a very expressive piece and i wanted to share your link with a group I am in. Kind regards, Gina

Kelly said...

Laura,

This is wonderful! I don't know why anyone wouldn't like this piece. It's perfect. There are so many things that people don't know...we wear masks to protect us, masks to hide us, to keep us from seeing who we really are.I think the images along with the phrase "You Don't know" are powerful. Lifting the mask would reveal it all, but do we want to? What would happen if we did? Maybe something to cause us to create another mask...
Yes, count me in, too!

ANDREA said...

Hi Lara! Thanks for visiting my blog. Your's is very interesting and so is your new tutorial web-site. yes, we can exchange links, with pleasure!
I'll put your blog and site onto my blog under "interesting links for artists",
thanks again for visiting, and I'll be back,
have a good day
Andrea

Sequana said...

That's a beatiful piece; I have just the spot for it here..*S*

Andrea Plotts said...

This piece really speaks to me... there are days where I feel like Im wearing a mask and no one know's the 'real' me.... I really love the colors and the emotion that this piece portrays. I would be honored to display this in my home....

Gaida said...

Hi Lara,
I really love the colours. I found your blog from a comment you left at 27 things. I have a friend who lives in NY...maybe I'll get there one day.

Will definitely be checking out your tutorials... now all I have to do is find the time between family and posting to my blogs eg
Scrapbooking-Creations

kelsey said...

I'm a mask collector so would therefore LOVE to have a wonderful piece like this hanging amongst my collection! I think dark periods are necessary for reflection and growth....though of course, not everyone gets out of them and is quite happy wallowing...who me??? lol

I'm Toni said...

I've written a couple of poems about wearing masks, about nobody really knowing who I am underneath, so this piece would definitely fit in here.
Your work is very good.
toni
http://3amdesigns.blogspot.com/

Lisa Trudeau said...

I really like it. I was looking at your tutorial site, which I quite enjoy. Can't wait to see what else goes up there!

Shelina said...

It's a great piece Lara. I would love to win it.