early works found! decoupage beginnings

Ah ha!  Here is it at last, proof that I’ve been an aspiring artist from as early as at least 1997!  An early decoupaged collage work done on cardboard stock, my idea at the time was to sell notecards at art festivals.  Little did I know that a family member would USE it as a notecard to send it back to me 15 years later (2011).  I’ve come a long way, baby!

What a fantastic confirmation of my artistic eye, and my continuing saga to find the right avenues to sell works to sustain my art existence.  And more interestingly, how I am concentrated here (as always) on composition and color, but how this piece is absence my current penchant for detail.  When’s the last time you looked back on your works to see where and how you’ve grown?  :)

P.S.  I happen to know it is likely that this card was held in either a file cabinet or a plastic tote bin and kept away from the elements, but my God how that Mod Podge has withstood the test of time.  I remember at the time being really unhappy because I hadn’t learned how to apply the decoupage without brush strokes.  Over time, even those have blended and gelled.  I even tried to lift the image with my fingernail, and it is sealed shut.  Amazing.

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