a happy occasion

Large family gatherings defined my French-Canadian childhood. We’d all come from a distance, celebrate, eat, and play cards into the night. My great grandparents didn’t speak English, and I didn’t have much French, but their joy and zest for life translated across the language barrier.

All the color here is added digitally, since the base was an experiment in black & white: some gift wrap and a photo of a childhood gathering, with monoprinting and textured paper for detail.

The main colors are provided by two textured composites of gold and turquoise, with additional texture from tiled flooring both ancient and relatively new, and stone both aged and polished. To draw the eye, I included stone pillars and an archway from Glasgow, a horizon line from a Skagit farm, and a wall lamp from Chicago to welcome the party.
Digital collage © 2014 Liz Ruest

Digital collage © 2014 Liz Ruest, 33 layers
Part of the 2014: Building Blocks series
Based on day 109 of my daily collage project, 2013-2014.

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