The latest challenge at CD Sundays is Gorgeous Gowns. To me that always says "Debbie Moore" but I wanted to do something a bit different this time so I had a browse through Joanna Sheen's "Age of Elegance" CD where there are plenty of very gorgeous gowns. When I came to this lovely painting, Expectations by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, I thought it looked both gorgeous and elegant. But rather than expectant, I thought the lady looked as if she was tearing her hair out in frustration!
That led me to the idea of making a totally off-the-wall card using this sentiment from an NBUS Dylusions set (NBUS means Never Before Used Schtuff and Darnell at djkardkreations is currently running a challenge that urges us to get out our NBUS and USE it!)
To preserve the impact of the curious juxtaposition of the classical, elegant image and the slightly crazy sentiment, I kept the rest of the card as simple and elegant as possible, just layering with some subtly printed paper from my stash and using a smaller version of the image as a "stop" on the base.
Now for the educational part. I realised when I was browsing the CD that I knew very little about Alma-Tadema and his work. Apparently he was born in the Netherlands, but in later life he and his wife became the last official British Denizens, before the denizenship ceased to exist (although apparently here in the UK it hasn't actually been abolished.) - the denizenship gave them certain rights normally only available to full citizens.
I have been searching through his works trying to find out where the beautiful setting for the painting is, and found that it, or somewhere very similar, features in many of his works. It appears to be a generic "Mediterranean" view. Apparently his work was heavily influenced by a visit to Pompeii, but then again what appears to be the same marble seat and wall appears in a painting supposedly set on Lesbos. But wherever it is, painting representations of marble was something he excelled at, as you can see from the picture.
Right, lesson over! I think I would send this card to somebody who was going through a tough time. They'd have to be a close friend, though!
I'm sharing this with
CD Sundays - Gorgeous Gowns
djkardkreations - NBUS 5