Apr 20, 2009

The Wish Catcher


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 4/20/09
This is a 5 x 7 collage using a face, body (2 separate images were used for the face and body), and sky background from LandofEnchantment.etsy.com (Elements No. 1), the message bottles are from justlilies.etsy.com, the wings were used with a license agreement with Butterfly Utopia, the boat and water are from the public domain. All pieces were slightly altered digitally before printing, were then carefully trimmed and all but the sky were hand-colored.


Many of you know I like looking for sea glass almost as much as making art. I don't get to go that often since we have moved further away and it is a 90 minute drive now. But, I still try to go every few weeks. I have always wanted to find a message in a bottle. I have never sent one and might one of these days. I have often told myself a little story that maybe funny little fairies were out and about in their funny little boats picking up the bottles full of wishes and messages and taking care of them. And maybe after they read the messages they break the bottles and give the pieces back to the ocean waves to be made into the pretty glass I find on the beach. So, this piece was made with a lady in mind that I have heard is having a bit of trouble right now, and I thought maybe if she sent her wishes off in a bottle a funny little fairy out there in the deep blue sea might just pick it up and take care of it.

23 comments:

Audrey said...

Gorgeous! i wish I will find a bottle next week when I'm at the beach here in Holland.

Lumilyon said...

Lovely image and story x

Cathy said...

this is absolutely adorable!

Terri Kahrs said...

This is SO sweet! This little fairy is very endearing! xoxo

Zinnia said...

Great story and beautiful art. Now whenever I see sea glass on the sand I'm going to remember how they got there!
Lovely work!!!
oooxxx
Zinnia

Shelly said...

Miss Marsha, this is absolutely fabulous! Love the whole thing!

Cha Cha said...

I love it! And I love the idea of the fairies collecting the messages. Theories involving fairies and gnomes help me get through. When people laugh when I say the gnomes that run my computer are on their coffee break ... I guess they don't realize I'm sort of serious.

Linda Cain said...

Soooo sweet. We were boaters until we decided it was time to let someone else pour money into the river! Ha! So I love this one!

Your Friend in ART,

Linda

Outstanding Stranger said...

I love this Marsha, great story to go along with it.

Chrisy said...

Well you've inspired me...I'm going now to my garbage and taking out that sweet chilli sauce bottle, washing it, putting my wish in there, and walking it down to the water..oh dear...now the dilemma..what to wish for...

crafty capers said...

This is really great. I just love the idea of her being a 'wish catcher'. I want to be a wish catcher! Kate

June said...

Oh dreams and wishes in bottles. I love this super collage.. such a beauty with a lovely story
Hugs June x

June said...

Aww thanks for your comment on my background piece. I love collage and mixed media but backgrounds are just my fave because i am left to be wild and free on them hehe.
Hey we should get together on some pieces .. i do the background, you do the collage :) what fun !!
I meant to say before that i added myself to follow you as i was so impressed with your gorgeous work
Hugs June x

Hayley Egan said...

Gorgeous Marsha. I love her hat. X

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

What a lovely idea with the wishes, and the card!! I fall down, it is so fantastic, I'm excited!!
Hugs and sunshine from germany,
Anja

Gaby Bee said...

What a wonderful story, Marsha! I want to be a wish catcher also :-)
Have a fabulous week!
Gaby xoxox

NancyB said...

Oh Marsha! This is precious! The story the wishes everything! Truly wonderful! xoxo

indybev said...

Wish-catcher. What a wonderful concept, and what a wonderful story to accompany this gorgeous piece of art. Being a child of the prairie, the idea of looking for sea glass sounds quite romantic to me, and your little Wish Catcher in a boat is charming.

By the way, thanks for your very generous comments on my blog!

Leslie said...

You weave a story as wonderfully as you make art!

mary schweitzer said...

I love your story. You are as gifted a wordsmith as you are an artist.
Mary

ginny said...

I love this post also, but I think you need to remove the phrase "beginning artist" from your profile. The fact is you are right into being an artist. I cannnot get enough of your little people cards.

Cathy Mendola said...

I love this piece! I think my favorite part is her hands and the placement of them. Just so darn cute and sweet! Makes me smile.
I've always wanted to find a bottle washed up on the shore with a long lost love letter or even a grocery list! Maybe one day....
hugs!
cathy

Janny said...

Beautiful work!Keep my eyes open for the bottle;o)