The story behind the art – Hold on Girl!


Title: Hold on girl – girl on bike

As my daughter prepares to begin middle school tomorrow, I think back to when my sweet girl was only 4 or 5.  She went through a phase I can only describe as Mary Poppins meets Sound of Music meets bag lady.  She’d layer her outfits, one day we counted 13 layers including 7 of them being dresses.  She’s wear a wide brim hat and carry around a basket or a bag full of her goodies.  It was so precious.  This artwork was inspired by that time. Care free, ready to take on the world and full of love, hope and all things good.

My vision for this artwork and it’s prints is to see them given to women that are stepping into new roles, changes, chapters.  School, college, first place, retirement, etc.   Encouraging yet fun and carefree.

You can click the picture to be taken to this print on my etsy site.  I also have a card available here.

*Noelle

The story behind the art – Take these broken wings


Take these broken wings art by Noelle Rollins

Title: Take these broken wings

I love the song blackbird by the beatles.  I used to listed to this song a lot years ago. I just heard it yesterday on the radio again and I was reminded of my love for it.  Some of the lyrics I love best are:  “All your life.  You were only waiting for this moment to arise.”

I love to imagine as I’m going through these journeys towards my dreams and there are times I stumble or need help. Times I feel like I’m failing or ready to give up. I imagine these lyrics.  It’s okay that I’m not “there” yet, my life has been a journey and I was only waiting for this perfect moment to get the shit done.  I’m not behind.. I’m exactly where I need to be.    Love it.

You can find the lyrics here if you’re interested: http://www.metrolyrics.com/blackbird-lyrics-beatles.html

Artwork links: original,  matted print   or  Postcard print

*Noelle

 

Story behind the art – crossroads

Head Held High Crossroads artwork by Noelle Rollins

“Crossroads” by Noelle Rollins

Today I want to start a new weekly feature called, “The story behind the art”

Title: “Crossroads”

I created this artwork about 8 years ago. I was going through a divorce, I was back in Minnesota in a place of refinding myself. I knew what I didn’t want to be and I knew where  I wanted to get to. I was somewhere in the middle.  I was caught between the calm I wanted and the chaos I didn’t.  I frequently thought of the classy women in my life that were who I looked to for advice or to see how they’ve handled themselves at defining times in their own lives. I remember my friend Tammy when she was going through something saying in her fabulous southern accent, “I can either choose to handle this like they do on Jerry Springer or like Oprah, I choose Oprah.” It’s funny how such a simple line has helped me through so many situations. Choose classiness and all that is good over being sucked into the part of you that wants to rip someones eyeballs out.   Now don’t get me wrong, there are times you need to give it right back to someone, don’t be a punching bag, it’s not wrong or unclassy to set appropriate boundaries with people when they are trying to put their own crap onto you. But I try to remember to keep my head high and embrace my fabulous, even during those times I surely don’t feel fabulous or classy.

I think this artwork has resonated with so many people because there are times in all of our lives where we are in the in-between zone. We want to be reminded of what is possible and to just keep going and be aim to be strong; knowing there are great things ahead.

You can find prints of this piece here if you are interested:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/102123305

Or the Pallet Print here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/105383000

**Noelle