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A dream that wanted to be real

A dream that wanted to be real

Hastings, UK, May 2012 Mixed media artist Kelly Rae Roberts has  an amazing collection of these  ...

Hastings, UK, May 2012 Mixed media artist Kelly Rae Roberts has an amazing collection of these ...

Today I opened my Etsy shop! This is a big, scary and exciting moment for me. It always is, when dreams come true...

Among the many tasks required to open this shop, there was an "about" page to write. To tell the story of the shop. And it got me thinking: how did I end up here? How did it all start? So here it is... It has taken me quite a while to listen to my own soul's cravings for art. To this little voice telling me to just grab a brush. To this dream nestled deep within myself, waiting for me… An artist? Me? The world of Art, with a capital A, that was not for me. Too exclusive, too “adult”, too cold… Crafts? Not really either… But then, thanks to some amazing artists, amazing women mostly, I discovered the world of mixed media, and a whole new way to approach art: art with a heart, art that is generous and wants to be shared, art that is not afraid to reconnect with the child within. Painting for fun, just for the pleasure of having fingers in every color of the rainbow. Speaking our dreams out loud. Honoring the magic in everyday little things, so fragile and so precious: a pretty pebble, a lucky charm, a bird, a smile, a fairy tale, a memory… And then, sharing it, gently allowing this little voice, this little girl to speak her truth, over the noise of the world : « our dreams want to be lived »…

And when you commit to living your dream, extraordinary and very real things happen : paintings, and then an exhibition, then a blog, then creative workshops, and even, some day, an Etsy shop…

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Touch the dream

Touch the dream

Touch the dream : mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

Touch the dream : mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

A little while ago, I was giving you a few glimpses of a work in progress. And here it is! It is like a sister-painting to my Miss Marianne piece, and I suspect I'm not done yet with these austenian girls and their windows...

This one is based on the character of Anne Elliot, from Jane Austen's novel "Persuasion": as a young girl she was persuaded not to follow her heart, her dream, not to take risks and to conform to her family's and society's expectations. Years later, she finally finds the strength to fight for her dream and make it come true, no matter what people may think! So, in the painting she is looking through the window at this dream that seemed inaccessible before, and it starts to bloom under her fingers...

Touch the dream detail by Laly Mille

I love to incorporate a sort of "lexical field" into my painting, clues that are more or less hidden and that, put together, tell a story. They invite the viewer to linger and dive further into the picture. For instance, the window is made from actual pages from the book, and as in Miss Marianne, you can see Jane Austen's handwriting on the character's skin, as if the writer were breathing life into her through her words. Also, in the novel, Anne's destiny is accomplished while she is in the city of Bath, so behind the window there is a vintage map of Bath. You almost can't see it, but it's there and that's what matters. The painting is pretty big (my biggest one yet), so here are a few details that you could see if you were looking at it "for real".

Touch the dream detail by Laly Mille

For the title, I asked the girls in the e-course I'm currently taking for help. They had a little brainstorming and came up with such inspiring ideas! "Touch the dream" ended up being my favorite one (thank you Dawn!). It really says that her dream is becoming real, tangible, and that she is reaching for it.

Touch the dream detail by Laly Mille

Miss Marianne

Miss Marianne

Miss Marianne: mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille
Miss Marianne: mixed media painting on canvas by Laly Mille

Miss Marianne

© 2012 Laly Mille 80 x 80 cm - 31,5" x 31,5" Mixed media painting on canvas

Most of that painting was done in 2011 but I left it aside for a looooong time and only recently decided to finish it... It is based on a Jane Austen character so I used Jane's handwriting for the collage: the author's words are sort of flowing through the reading girl.