Aug 29, 2009

New version of Ponder Hill . . .

This is the last and largest version of the Ponder Hill collages I've been working on the last few days. (you can read about them in the post below). This original is already on its way to a new home, but large size prints are available in my Etsy along with an original version of one of the smaller collages. This larger version has the full text and some houses added in the background.

Ponder Hill (large version)


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 8/29/09. All rights reserved. You may NOT copy, download, print or reuse this image in any way without my permission.
This is an 8 x 10 collage using a face from kumareeboo.etsy.com, a body from lisasalteredart.etsy.com, shoes scanned from a magazine, wings from Landofenchantment.etsy.com, and crown and heart made from a 100 year old encyclopedia page. The background was made using three pieces, slightly altered digitally, purchased under a special licensing agreement with Lorie Davison at Studio Lorie at Scrapbookgraphics.com and a black and white border made from pieces from a collage sheet from Crowabout.etsy.com. The houses were constructed using pieces bought with a commercial license from Jen Ulasiewicz at Studio Jen at Scrapbookgraphics.com. The face, body, crown, wings, and heart were all hand colored. All pieces were hand trimmed after printing.


I am off to spend some time with company we have this weekend. Unfortunately we all are gathering for the Memorial service tomorrow for a very dear friend, one that has been a part of our family for many, many years.

Have you heard about our nearby fire? Living in SoCal, fires are not new to us. We've had to pack up ourselves once years ago, but we have a really large forest fire less than 10 miles from us (near La Canada in Angeles Forest). We are in no danger yet but the smoke coupled with the near 105 temps makes things pretty miserable here. Do the rain dance for us!

23 comments:

Kim Mailhot said...

So sorry that you have lost a dear friend...but glad that you are gathering "wounded together" in memory.
Here's a beautiful song for you - I was listening to it as I read your blog, and thought of you and your family and friends as I listened.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKanbidzvUQ
The new version is so great - I love that we get to see the whole ponder neighborhood !
Big love, Miss Marsha.

indybev said...

I love the Ponder Hills, and I'm also doing the rain dance and sending sympathy your way for the loss of a friend. I've lost two in the past month, and I know the empty feeling. It's good to be with family at such times.

vintagesusie said...

Hi Marsha..Just ordered one of your limited edition prints & I'm so stoked!!! I just had to have one of my own, next one will be an original! I know what you mean by the smoke during our fire season in so cal. We've been evacuated 3 times & I hate it, it's so frigtening. I live just below Lake Arrowhead & I can smell the smoke pretty well from the fire by your house. Stay safe & protect all that wonderful art!!! Talk soon....Susie

WingingIt said...

hello lovey....sorry of your loss...your artwork continues to amaze me...and challenge me...i just am not there...you are incredible...i am sending good healing energy your way...
lorri-marie

TheresainMS said...

Love this work Marsha. Sorry to hear about your friend; I'm sending much love to you and your friends. Will try to do a rain dance too :-)

Chrisy said...

Doin the rain dance for you! Beautiful work. Pondering is always a good thing to do, particularly when it comes to the loss of dear friends. Take care and hugs to you.

Terri Kahrs said...

The 1st posted "Ponder" was super, but I ADORE this neighborhood! I'd love to live in "the Hills".

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. May your sadness be tempered with fond memories. I'm sending my heartfelt sympathy and a huge hug.

Will do the raindance and will say a couple of prayers too. Fire totally freaks me out. I think I was a Post Toastie in a past life. Take care of YOU, Marsha! Love & Hugs, Terri xoxo

NancyB said...

Big hugs for your lost loved one dear friend! But they are never lost only if they are forgotten...and I am so happy that you gather together in their spirit!

Your last pieces are so flipping amazing! Way to go girl!

I hear alot of the fires in Cali...You and yours stay safe!! We have lots of rain here...the lights went out twice so far and candle galore all over the place...we have reached and done passed our rain quota...I will dance and push it your way! xoxo

Caity said...

Ponder Hills are very cool.

Sympathy on the loss of your friend - but I'm glad you can share the memories of them.

And bushfires - shudder - yep, rain dancing for me and for you, we're just coming off total fire bans and extreme fire danger and our fire season hasn't even officially started!

sharon said...

I do wish I could send some of the incredible amounts of rain we have been getting here, but will say a prayer, for rain and for your loss....so sorry.

yoborobo said...

Marsha - I' m so sorry to hear about your friend.

As for the fires, I do not miss them one little bit. Rick's family lived in La Canada, he grew up there, and has seen many near misses.

I will pack up some of our rain and send it your way. xoxo Pam

Renee (nayski) said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Marsha and hope that gathering with friends and remembering will help heal your pain.

Will do the rain dance for you even though my dogs bark hysterically when I dance but for you I'll do it and wear my earplugs.

Hope all goes well.
Big hug to you.

roc said...

hope the fires don't get too close! stay safe!

Amy said...

she is beautiful..I adore that she is holding a heart..and her eye's are stunning!

Tammy said...

I love this piece! It has so many happy colors and that saying is so truthful.

whymsicalmusings said...

Lovely as always! You know I adore your work:)

I do hope the fires stay away what a scary thing!

I hope the memorial service is full of fond memories and friends.
XXXOOO
Becky

Hanne said...

I am sending you a big hug!
Your art is amazing Marsha. Love this piece also:)
Hugs Hanne

Tace said...

I am sorry about your friend. My condolences to you and your friends.
I will do a double rain dance! My husband and I are very good at rain dncing, we even have drums and fancy schmancy Oscar Meyer weiner whistles. It will be a rain dance the likes of which this world has never seen. ;)
The fire thing sucks. We had them really close to us the last couple years and it sucks.
Hope it gets taken care of soon, smiles from me

Marit said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, and the fire nearby... I'm dancing for you! Hope you are fine! Love your ponder hill!!!!

Cha Cha said...

Lovely - just like you, my friend. Thinking of you - hope you had a peaceful weekend and enjoyed your friends. I'm sorry for your loss.

Lumilyon said...

It's great to read that things are taking off at the moment Marsha but so sad to read of your loss. This series is lovely and I can't get enough of that border!

Debra said...

I'm really enjoying the evolution of your work, Marsha, and love these new pieces!

Taluula said...

I love this Marsha, it's beautiful. Sending you good thoughts.