When I first read a novel about the tragic heroine Odette inspired by the ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, it captured my imagination. Like all fairytales, the heroine is under an enchantment which she must break free of by finding true love. Under the spell, she is trapped as a swan forever except for a few hours each night. Swans mate for life, so the symbology of them in the fairytale is conducive to Odette being transformed into a swan. The elegance of ballerinas pairs perfectly with the beauty of swans whose long necks craned and face to face, create a heart. They are romantic symbols of grace and beauty.
It was obvious to me that this foyer table with a matching mirror would be inspired by Swan Lake. I used a delicate blue, silvery metallic paint. I painted the swans with Wise Owl’s pearl metallic paint and gilded them with a touch of Redesign with Prima’s shiny star decor wax. The patina is created with chalk pastes in manor coffee and English country. You can catch the live if you would like to see how it is done.
The top is a faux marble created with Modern Masters metallic plasters in antique lace and shimmered moon. I did the veining with the decor wax as well. There is a live for that one as well. I sealed it with epoxy resin. The flowers are colored with the galactic halo and ursa green decor waxes.
The tragic nature of the story resonated with me. If only all our problems in life could be fixed by true love. The power of love is legendary but how many of us truly attain it? It’s a romantic and idealistic notion that gives us hope of something perfect but as humans, we can’t possibly ever achieve. I have been trapped many times in life, wanting to escape the clutches of despair and like Odette, I had the hope of someone saving me. Now I know only I can save myself. There is no prince charming. The sorcerer is my own mind and sometimes I am free for a brief time but it always returns. I just try to enjoy the times I feel free and savor the hope that allows me to continue living.
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