Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Sea Ghost

My husband and I built a home in 1992 on the Pacific coast in Mendocino California. It was a glorious setting and it was a vacation home for our family for about 9 years. I named it "The Sea Ghost". Among some of the antiques that we found in nearby Fort Bragg ( a quaint fishing and lumber industry town) to furnish the place was this old steamer trunk (above photo). I remember the musty smell inside but was really taken by the mystery that it held. I now owned the Key to unlocking its hidden past, its travels, its prior owners.
I decided to make a digital collage using my own photos for Rosie and Linda's Big Art Adventure in which the theme this time is "Key". A key is a powerful piece of hardware. It leads to joy, sometimes sorrow, and sometimes through a door of no return. It can answer long held questions and give insight to past times and perhaps even future ones.


18 comments:

  1. Wow, how exciting to sit and wonder and dream about the adventures of that sea chest. Love your picture. I've got an idea unlocking itself for this challenge!

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  2. Yes, keys are kind of magical. Objects with a past life are always so lovely to own as they have a power over the imagination. I love your skull and butterfly collage below. Such a different feeling about the two images, that work well together.

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  3. So intriguing, marvelous and mysterious. You've captured all of these feelings and emotions beautifully with this gorgeous piece and the accompanying post, Lori. Hugs, Terri

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  4. That's beautiful Lori! You're absolutely right, keys are so mysterious - almost fatalistic. I often wonder what the odd keys around the house were for, but I'm certain nothing as exciting as your old steamer trunk! ;o)

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  5. Oh yes! Old trunks, boxes, wardrobes...full of strange unknown documents and objects...they inhabit my dreams. Lovely ideas here Lori x

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  6. fantastic collage Lori!! love the story that goes with it!
    the images at my SAWO card are stamps from The Stamping Ground.
    have a great sunday!

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  7. What a fabulous object to own, and a wonderful story that goes with it. We are obviously soul sisters because you've captured all the things that were in my mind when I set this challenge! Thanks for taking part.
    Love
    Rosie ABAA

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  8. This is terrific. I've missed your blog and can see I've missed out on a lot of what you've been doing - wonderful things to share. My computer crashed and it's still in shop. I just figured out how to visit blogs on my husband's netbook :)

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  9. Very evocative.....wonderful art and a great story.
    Thanks for taking part Lori.

    Linda x
    ABAA

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  10. Wow, this is like a hidden dream. And now there's a key to it's secrets. This is really stunning collage, the color world is fantastic.

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  11. Beautiful trunk and wonderful background to go along with it Lori! I like this piece.

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  12. wonderful piece Lori! I agree we are all fascinated by the pandora myth and keys are such a great universal symbol!

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  13. Love this collage. What a wonderful find that old steamer trunk is and I also really enjoyed what you wrote about keys.

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  14. What a wonderful trunk and I love the angle of your photo, the colours and images all blend into a beautiful collage.
    Happy Crafting!
    Gini
    xx

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  15. Love what you wrote and created Lori, beautiful and all around wonderful!

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  16. Great story and what a treasure, this looks amazing!!!!!

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