My kids and I often participated in the State Fair of California when they were growing up. They both rode ponies in the 4-H Horse Show where they won much appreciated ribbons for their efforts. Also, one year we did a rather disastrous garden that was great fun but didn’t win anything.
Well, one of my Photoshop students at the junior college where I teach in Dallas won several much deserved ribbons at the Texas State Fair.
Janice and Monroe Roden have attended Photoshop classes with me over the years and I’ve always admired Janice’s talent. She is especially good at creating artistic, interesting collages.
One day in class she opened up the following picture. My reaction was, “Wow, where did you get that!” Turns out she created it for competition in the Texas State Fair and won second place with it!
In this image you see her grandfather in the upper left corner. The watch in the middle of the collage, the brass knuckles and the spurs were his when he was a ranch hand on the Lazy S Ranch in Paducah, Texas in early 1900s. The doll was handmade by his wife who was also cooked for the ranch hands over an open fire.
This gem is an image of Janice's parents at the State Fair in 1930. When they were married she was 15 and he was 25 (he said he was 22 though)! The button and the pin came from the 1934 fair. The cup came from the 1940 fair.
Here are some familiar faces from the Texas State Fair and they won an honorable mention as well.
Here is the collage she won second place with in the 2005 Daughter’s of the American Revolution contest.
What a fun, wholesome way to share pictures about days gone by, our country, or the county fair itself! Of course, it helps to be a great hand at working with images the way Janice is!
Thanks Janice for sharing with us. These collages are as big a treat as county fair corn dogs, roasted corn on the cob and cotton candy!