Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
The pink heart revealed itself to me this morning. It came as I resumed my embroidery after finishing Gabriel Garcia Marquez' autobiography, Living to Tell the Tale. Marquez is a Colombian journalist and magic realism novelist with a self-admitted Caribbean sensibility. The perspective he writes from in his autobiography is often touchingly (and dangerously) naive. I believe the revelation came to me because this book was still so fresh in my mind and resonated with changes in my life.
So here is a sneak peak at the work I started almost 3 weeks ago. I see the pink heart as a message of hope, resurrection and redemption as it rises from the flames. However, it is open to interpretation; that's how it's meant to be.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
As evening is nigh, one last glimpse of sunfall.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
But all that must wait as I persevere on my flowergirl embroidery which is taking a different turn since I ripped out the background 2 days ago. I'm used to working quickly which engages the intuition in a way that this slower, mind-wandering pace can't. I find it easier to hear my own voice when I'm away from her, ironically. But isn't that often the way.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
That said, I can't bring myself to show the botched up job I've made of my embroidery from Saturday's post. Doll #3 is not doing so well either; he's looking a little lumpy, a little under the weather I guess. So we're all taking a little break.
Patience. Patience and Compassion. Practising this on oneself is one form of filling the well. When our well is full, we can then give these things to others. This is one of the many sacred circles: action and consequence. Yes, being patient and compassionate is a form of action.
Here are some watercolours I did in May on pages from an old childrens' textbook.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Here is a little embroidered piece in progress.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Do you find yourself feeling plugged in to the universe sometimes? I marvel at the choices that intuition and imagination offer. When we're in the right "space" we tap into other wavelengths, so it's really not co-incidence when we experience synchronicity or universal consciousness, but something we've attracted to ourselves. I've been doing collage, incorporating sewing into it, for many years. I'm so pleased to see collage making a resurgence in everything from illustration to animation. This is an art form that really speaks to me perhaps because it seems so close to child's play.
Here is a piece I completed today in one of my old-fashioned moods. I hope you find comfort in something or someone you care about today.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
What a day this has been after last night's thunderstorms: temperate and sunny and fun in the studio working on doll number three. Dear Elise Muller joined me on a break from her stone carving to sew a homemade baby blanket for one of two incoming arrivals.
I've been coming to doll art for years as the inevitable destination of my mixed media artwork. Finally, my magpie collecting bug makes sense. Linen and string and buttons, embroidery and patching and applique. There is a wonderful relief in doing what one should be doing.
Here are my 1st two dolls, recently completed. Doll number one, on the right, is a primitive little mister with a cotton string "fright wig", and there, on the left, is his red-headed sister: Buster and Lucy Lavender Legs. Oh, that's me in the middle.
Elise Muller stitching a baby blanket.