Friday, April 3, 2009

Saturday Surprise - Childhood

What do you think of when you hear the word "childhood"? To me, it is days spent totally immersed in imaginary worlds where anything was possible. I remember hours spent with paper dolls and barbie dolls, devouring books under trees in the summer and tucked under a warm blanket in the Winter. China ornaments at my Grandparents' house came alive as I moved them around (careful not to break or chip). I'm continuing to host this week for the Saturday Surprise challenge and I'd love to hear your interpretations of the theme of "Childhood".

9 comments:

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

This is fabulous!!!!!
chris p

Lorraine said...

Love your work Heather especially the colours. when I think of childhood the word "innocence" comes to mind (I think there is too much pressure from the media these days for kids to grow up!). When I was a child I was forever climbing trees and getting messy. I never liked dolls but was always making stuff..nothings changed then!! ha ha!

Amy said...

aw, I love zebra's!! A beautiful horse! I love the metal stars and charm..the border trim is so lovely! Great detail it is a fantastic piece.. Now I'll have to go make my creation for this theme--giggle!

Marilyn Rock said...

Heather; this is wonderfully provocative! It gets me thinking. I always interpret childhood as the "inner child" particularly with my artistic life now. Having a place, to turn to, to create, "play", think and dream. I love this piece!

Kris Dickinson said...

Oh Heather, you really outdid yourself on this one. I adore it and that zebra is the perfect touch! Love the theme too....I got to play again this week. Yeah! ((HUGS)) - Kris

Kaz said...

this is really beautiful Heather...and I'm lol at Lorraine's comment, i never liked dolls either and was always up trees!!
you've captured childhood perfectly in your artwork.

Rosemary said...

What a great take on the imaginative nature of childhood and the playfulness.

I agree with so much of what you did in childhood; I remember many a great afternoon spent playing or climbing trees (especially with a good book) and sitting amongst nature reading. I dreamt I was Laura Ingalls living on the frontier or traveling across the plains. Oh, and paper dolls - weren't they great? Little girls don't seem to have those anymore, and that's sad. You could be so imaginative making outfits for them.

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

I just love this! That zebra is TOO cute!!!
xoxo,
Kristin

Nan said...

Love the ZEbra! I went to Saturday Surprise..what a great site. I had fun doing the challenge. i've been too busy recently and it was fun to think of childhood memories and relax and create! TFS