Saturday, March 19, 2011
Celebrate Oz Party and Giveaway
Welcome to the party!
Its time to share how the Wizard of Oz has delighted, amazed, changed and inspired us!! Whether you remember your first time seeing it or you remember certain beloved parts or images of the story...or just how it makes you feel, you are in the right place =)
Let me start by introducing one of the paintings Oz has inspired from me. This original acrylic ACEO is my door prize that you can enter to win. Just leave a comment at the end of this post, on March 19 or 20th, and you will be entered to win. I will announce the winner on March 21st....and here it is....
So, what is it about this movie? Its everything really...it has imagination, and heart and love of home and the ones who matter...a great adventure with good friends...a fabulous dream...a good feeling inside.
It begins like any ordinary day in the life of any ordinary girl with hopes, dreams, challenges, and her struggle for identity. Then, disaster strikes and takes us on a wild ride, mixing reality and fantasy.
Early on, Dorothy's sweetest companion Toto is taken from her, but didn't we all cheer when Toto made his escape ? =)
A life-threatening tornado whips the farmhouse up and away! When the dust settles, Dorothy opens the door to a brand new world that none of us could have expected..Wow!
Munchkins venture out from their hiding places....
A beautiful, fairy-like lady appears from the sky! Glinda the Good Witch is my favorite part of this movie =) To me, she represents the guardian angel that is there for each of us...pure goodness...always standing by, always loving us and helping us.
Of course, the struggle of good and evil is also present in this strange land. We are reminded of that when the Ruby Slippers are revealed!
Dorothy wants nothing to do with the Wicked Witch, but she does want to find her way home. Glinda places the Ruby Slippers on Dorothy's feet, giving her protection from the Wicked Witch. She tells Dorothy to go to the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City for help, and the munchkins send her down the Yellow Brick Road. Along the way, she meets a Scarecrow, TinMan and Cowardly Lion....
When the Scarecrow dances he flops and wobbles. The TinMan needs oiling...and the Cowardly Lion pretends to be fierce!
The Wicked Witch tries everything she can to stop them...including a Sleepy Poppy Field. But Glinda makes it snow, and awakens Dorothy, Toto and the Lion. Finally, they all reach the Door to Emerald City =)
But the Wizard wants the Wicked Witch's broomstick and the new friends have to deal with flying monkey guards. In all of this struggle, the Scarecrow lights afire and the Wicked Witch melts in the water that saves the Scarecrow!.....
They bring the Witch's broomstick to the Wizard, but the Wizard is not all he appears to be. He is a man with a balloon, but the balloon takes off to Kansas without Dorothy.
Luckily, Glinda knows best =) She tells Dorothy to close her eyes and wish with all of her might. Three clicks of her heels and "There's no place like home"....and Dorothy opens her eyes to the world she knows. Her family and friends are so happy to have her back, and she is SO HAPPY to see them!!!
And weren't we all so happy for her!? Yay =)
Well, all of this has made me want to watch the movie again, LOL!
But before I do that, let me share with you the painting of Glinda that I'm currently working on. This is my favorite image from the movie, and I think its coming along nicely =)
Its been wonderful sharing the love of this wonderful story with all of you. Just remember......
There's no place like home =)