Lens Artist Challenge: Your Inspiration

Other than writing, I channel my inspirations by creating mixed-media story boxes that I call retablos. An explanation of the term is given in one of the photos. They may be enlarged by clicking on each photo in turn.

For the Lens Artist Challenge: Your Inspiration

26 thoughts on “Lens Artist Challenge: Your Inspiration

  1. msjadeli

    Judy, you are a woman of many talents. I would love to use the images on a dVerse prompt one of these times. Would you be willing to let them be featured there?

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  2. judyreeveswriter

    Your retablos enchanted me first time I saw them and continue to enchant. Your retablos also inspired me to want to create my own, which, with your guidance and support, I have done. Twice. I look forward to the next. You are an incredible artist and your daring urges me to be more wild, more free, more open in making art. Thank you!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Well you’ve given back the same, Judy. Bring some mementos to add to a new retablo while you’re staying with me. And encourage me to photograph my new retablos. They are now under the bed. I’ve run out of places to put them.

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  3. Mama Cormier

    These retablos are fantastic Judy. Do you make the boxes from scratch or do you use found objects to house your art and interesting objects? I’d love to try making one of these.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Come down and make one! The ornamental boxes I buy. They are brass or copper or aluminum or steel. I patina and color them and embellish. Most of the photos are my own that I use in the background. Or small oil paintings on canvas or found images are also sometimes used. My studio is filled with tens of thousands of tiny things ready to become a part of them.

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  4. pattimoed

    I love this idea, Judy. I saw a retablo in an art gallery in Maine not too long ago and love the idea of telling a story through the work. I’d love to hear the stories you had in mind when you created each piece. I’m delighted you shared your inspiration with us. Now you have me thinking how I would do this!!

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