Sunday, July 3, 2011

Heartland



This is my entry for the Take A Word challenge this week "Stars and Stripes".

Don't we all feel a little like the woman in this image sometimes? This wonderul image of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" sums up alot of what many of us feel about promises, expectations and yes, disillusionment.  I put a rainbow in the background of this rural scene to represent our dreams, aspirations and hopes of a bright future and  greener pastures. These dreams are all possible too with hard work, common sense and stability which this heartland couple represent.  We have freedom but nothing comes free. We have to work for it, save and be in the moment but have our thoughts  and goals rooted in the future as well.  My family were all farmers, common sense kind of people, who laid down roots; uncertain yet determined to make it in this vast country and leave the door open to future prosperity for on-going generations.  As we are well into this 4th of July weekend we honor our independence and know that we each have the ability,  if we are willing, to obtain our heartland promise. 
Imagery from Dover books, Holliewood and Finecrafted designs  (Deviantart ).

16 comments:

  1. This is a very american image, and I love the way you did that collage.

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  2. Love this collage-Grant Wood's images are always fun to work with and like your words!

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  3. A truly wonderful American piece, Lori! I love the symbolism. Well done and have a spectacular 4th!

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  4. Exquisite Lori picture and words...so profound and so true...a wonderful 4th of July tribute!!!

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  5. Your collage speaks of our country, past present and hopefully future. It was the farmers that kept us going and I love your description of how important they were. Nice post.

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  6. Wonderful bit of Americana. It speaks of a simpler time and a vanishing world.

    Happy 4th!

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  7. A wonderful tribute Lori. Gorgeous! Hugs June xx

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  8. I love that image... I wonder what she's saying to him!

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  9. I think you have encapsulated the American dream in this lovely combination of images and words. Happy 4th.

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  10. What a terrific American inspired piece. Love it!
    AJ

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  11. Lovely take on this classic! Bravo - and, just because and only to help out Hollie and Evelyn - they are at DeviantScrap.com (I make that mistake all the time too!

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  12. Hope you had a fabulous 4th! I think you've created another "classic", Lori! Love the rainbow's symbolism in this piece. You're absolutely correct . . . freedom is not free! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  13. Wow..wonderfully festive Lori..and so beautiful..and I so enjoyed reading your thoughts! Shine on..a dazzling piece!!
    victoria

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  14. A wonderful salute to American Gothic and to American life. Superb artwork.

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