This month's theme over at Arts In The Cards was 'Fabulous (and I added "or otherwise") Fakes'. I was really stumped about what to do with this theme. Stuck. No ideas at all. Panic began to set in. Fake flowers? Fake money? Astro turf? Cubic Zirconium? I played with the idea of fake faces - like having half be smiling and half be frowning with appropriate "call-outs" for both sides, but somehow that didn't feel quite right to me either although it came the closest to what my first thoughts had been when I learned of the theme.
I had no idea of what I would do until I was aimlessly thumbing through the March issue of Vogue Magazine that a friend had shared with me. Shezaamm... there it was on page 272. Although I do tend to shy away from any themes that are political or religious (my 'proper' upbringing I suppose) I could not resist the photo that was part of an article called "Surviving A Cult" about 'The Children Of God' cult that was in Texas in the 1970's - a cult that had a terrible end. I photo shopped the black and white image - cropping, skewing, adding words where I wanted. I printed it as a faint black and white image and hand painted the details using watercolors and Higgins 'Black Magic' ink in a Rapid-o-graph pen to ink in the words . This is my rendition of this month's theme. " False Prophets" - which I hope will not offend anyone.