I made this 7 ft long by 5 ft tall balloon wall for my best friend Lisa for her birthday a couple days ago. This was made with love.
She and I have been best friends for over a decade. She is one of those special friends whom you can be weak and strong with and truly be yourself and still be loved. She is consistent and true blue and one of my favorite things about our friendship is we celebrate when one of us hates something that the other loves. I can love a dress that she will just think is awful and I can hate a movie that she just loves and we think it is hilarious and get such a kick out of it. That is something I have found is not easy to come across at all! We can truly celebrate and embrace our differences.
On paper we make such an unlikely B.F.F. pair because we are so different but in practice, we make a great team.
She loves Snoopy and Woodstock and so I surprised her with this huge piece that fit perfectly above my couch as she came over to play Mice and Mystics with me and my husband for her birthday celebration. We love that game, it is like table top DnD only you are mice fighting off cockroaches and rats and cats and such. It is something the whole family can play including kiddos.
She totally squealed with joy and was so excited and animated when she came through the front door and saw it. It is the kind of reaction you hope for and makes all the work so worth it. She works at Earth Fare and so yesterday I took it down there so she could continue to enjoy her gift as it would not fit in her house and they were gracious enough to give it a home there.
I am wanting to be more conceptual in my art and so came up with this scene. I want to invite people to a world and engage people in a story with this art. I took inspiration for the balloonified characters, (and of course the characters that are Snoopy and Woodstock themselves are not mine) and the plane but the way I have incorporated everything together with the wall is original and I put my own twist on everything. No one else has made a wall like this. I like how I incorporated 2-D and 3-D sensibilities. I am really proud of how I have Woodstock peaking under the wing, looking at Snoopy in an unexpected and interesting way.
Hope you like it. Happy Birthday Lisa and Happy Twisting Everyone!