Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Heroes

This week on Mixed Media Monday, Beth is our guest host, and she has chosen "heroes" as our challenge. With the terrible bush fires in Victoria two weeks ago, the real heroes of our times, the Aussie firies (firefighters) were the obvious choice for my piece. I wanted to pay tribute to these wonderful men and women who risk their lives to save others, property, bushland etc. Some of these firies lost their own properties, and in one tragic case his family, while out fighting the fires. I'd also like to honour the Canberra firefighter, David Balfour, who was repaying a debt of gratitude for the help we received during the Canberra fires, who was tragically killed by a burnt out tree which fell. Today is the National Day of Mourning, when we remember the 208 people lost in the fires, their families and friends and all those affected by the devastating fires. We are also remembering the wonderful work of the firies - our heroes, and the other emergency workers, volunteers etc. who were there to help.

My piece is done on a 5x7 inch or 12.7x17.8 cm canvas board. The background is painted in acrylic paints and the images are computer printed. The letters are chipboard.

19 comments:

Virginia said...

Powerful..Wonderful piece..

Ozstuff said...

Thankyou, Diane, for you superbly powerful picture - and words. A wonderful tribute to a brave band of people who risk losing their lives to do an impossible job.

Dragon said...

This is wonderful work and so poignant...very powerful image
Frankie
xx

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

Hey Dianne
that is gorgeous...I finished my woven heart piece late last night for my poem also done from yesterdays reflectiopn on the aweful fires of Feb 7,the losses and now the unity of us all.There is stuff that has real meaning to me in the piece like the colours used,the beads and the glass house in the heart
http://goannafive.blogspot.com/
but I didn't want everyone else to know why so kept it simple.I really must join in your challanges here I love them and everyones art...just so inspiring
hugs
Annette

indybev said...

This is timely and well done, Diane. My husband was a fireman, and it's true these men put their life on the line each time they answer the call.

Diana Evans said...

This is perfect! and what a wonderful piece for the great heroes!!!

Fannie said...

Wonderful tribute, Diane! Thanks for sharing. Gratitude . . .

José said...

Impressive words. And beautiful piece of art. Thanks for sharing.

Anneke said...

such a wonderful piece

Täti Punainen said...

Like Your theme, very powerful card!=)

Beth said...

This is a stunningly beautiful piece, Diane. The images are fantastic. The colors are perfect. And those firefighters are true heroes.

Gifts of Creation said...

Very nice Diane...and inspirational...

Rosie said...

Very emotive art from you Diane... absolutely wonderful!

I saw your comment on Annette's blog too - I was almost reduced to tears by the Heart...

Barbara Hagerty said...

Beautifully illustrated! Gorgeous and symbolic use of color!

runningonink said...

What a fabulous piece! Fireman are a great hero! I am thankful for all they do to keep us safe!

Silvia said...

Just a fantastic interpretation... they are really heroes.

Anni's Art said...

This is a fantastic image, I understand that you want to honour the Canberra firefighter,they are real heroes.

REDLAN said...

I feel so sad while reading your post. I feel sorry for David Balfour. I heard about it.

On the other hand, it's always nice to see your artworks. You are an expert when it comes to painting. Did you study it? I also paint but I was not able to study painting lessons. That's why I am not perfect doin it especially when the subject is human body.

Melisa said...

A very fine choice for the Heroes theme. God bless them for what they do.