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Before It's Too Late Chocolate Medication Mixed Media and Barber Shop Dog Aceo

What are  you afraid of, what do you fear the most?  This hellish theme was the gift this week of  Inspiration Avenue.  I put off making anything since I'd rather not think  about things like that.  Then, the molecules were percolating and I thought about the way I don't let things scare me.  I'm anxious, and worried sometimes, but not afraid.  Well,  nightmares aside, not afraid.  Although as little girls my sisters and I would turn off the lights to watch a scary movie just so that the screaming would be more dramatic.  My poor parents' ears.

If I give a voice to my worries and fears that might make them come to life.  So, I won't list them.  However,  I thought about the piece I made, it's a fear that I won't get it together and take control of my health.  Some people are perfectly healthy and padded, I'm not one of them.  As my circle of family and friends got smaller and I moved from a place I wanted to be to somewhere else, I medicated with chocolate.  That's not good.

So here is my chocolate coffin.  It's stopping me from doing what I want and being where I need to be.  The coffin is lined with candy wrappers, it's 3 dimensional and I wasn't able to get the underside of the lid in the photo.  Be sure to visit IA (link above) to see other interpretations of personal fear.

The words under "Now" are, "You Want Reasons."


On a much happier theme,  the aceo challenge theme is, "at the salon."  Well, since I've been cutting my own hair for the past several years I decided to tell you about the shop in town where my husband goes to get his hair cut.  It's one of those small town neighborly places where men and women can go.  The thing that makes this shop special is the resident dog.  She's a rescue stray the shop owner took in.  The dog is always there and loves a good scratch on the head or chest.  Visit the aceo challenge blog, link above.


16 comments :

Magic Love Crow said...

Gloria, your chocolate coffin is very personal and I relate to it! Good for you knowing what is going on and going forward! You can do it! I love your aceo for the challenge! So cute! Have a good night ;o)

gemma said...

Death by chocolate another of my fears.LOL

Georgie Horn said...

Cool interpretations of both challenges. Stop by for some puddin n pie...
http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/10/make-cupcakes-not-war.html

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I related to your fear of death by chocolate.... though I kind of feel if I am going down with a flake in hand the world can't be that bad!!! Very personal post though and thanks for sharing xx

priti.lisa said...

I was hoping for entries just like this one...I am glad you dug deep and the result is a beautiful, honest work of art, Gloria. And the happier story and art are wonderful too♥

Yvonne said...

Brilliant choclate piece, Gloria!

Hettienne said...

wonderful entry for the challenge. with so much courage and honesty, looking at yourself yourself so clearly, then healing is within your grasp.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was impressed with your take on this fear. I suspect you and I have the same death wish. I love chocolate, but realize it is not the healthiest of choices in a good diet. I would love to see the full piece in person. It looks very, very interesting.

IM GIRL said...

Actually, chocolate is not that bad for you. That's what I have heard lately and I am sticking to that!
Loved your story and your piece!
Creative truth and genius!

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, you are so creative and totally think "outside the box" and your muses are in full swing!!! LOVE these!!
XO
CIndy

kirstin mcculloch said...

I love that you've created a inspiration piece out of your fear.

I can relate - I don't self medicate with chocolate my drug of choice is crinkle cut salt potato chips. mmmmm
Never allowed in the house. Ever!

Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments on my post x

New End Studio said...

Thank you for all your comments, let me put the kit kat down, oh, right we're talking art. Sugar and salt a delicious combo. Pretzels with icecream- try it! Just kidding, as I know and you know, moderation and then it'll be a job to step away from the candy shelf. I can do it, I can... as soon as Breyer's new Whoppers icecream is finished...

Chris said...

Now that's an interesting and very expressive piece of work. Anyone who loves chocolate can relate to this. I love how you've captured the barbers dog, he is just as i would imagine if you hadn't shown your painting. TFS

New End Studio said...

Thanks, Chris- I know you also love your dogs and you'd appreciate this one.

Sunshineshelle said...

Wow, great responses to challenges, I esp like the aceo puppy, what a great point of difference to personalise a salon experience!
PS I cut my hair too!

New End Studio said...

Hi Shelle, you cut yours, too. I think it's growing faster as well. The barbershop he went too back in NJ also had a resident dog, it's like therapy incase the scissors go astray, ha. Thanks!