So here is the plan. I create my paper houses on a two page spread - which I don't usually do but I wanted to try it out. I also layered the houses so that it looked like a village.
I felt like the piece needed something else but I loved the way it was and was worred that if I added too much it would lose that soft pastel feel that it had.
I took photos (always a great thing to do because then you see your work with different eyes) and decided I liked it the way it was.
So, I cropped it in half like this:
and printed it on full size 8-1/2 x 11 premium paper
Above is second half (right hand side of original). Because I cropped and printed full page what I got was two prints of my houses printed vertically and so they were much larger than my originals
Then I had an aha moment. What if I cut out the houses individually - lots of my houses in larger sizes
And then what I could do is make a large long canvas like 36 x 12 and make a row of houses!!!
I don't know why this makes me think of the old days (I mean even before my time) when they said it was much easier to raise kids because you had the whole town looking after each others kids. Moms didn't work and were all at home and so they helped each other out. I love this idea and I've heard it said that to raise kids "It takes a village"! And so , that's what I am going to name this piece, and that's why maybe I feel so close to it.
It's really funny the way art works because as I looked around at the details of this piece I saw that the pieces of text I added (for whatever reason) were definitions of words like "simple", honest, determination! Isn't that funny, Isn't it great how art comes together. Another "aha" moment!