Friday, October 24, 2014

Morning Reverie

6"x6", wood panel, rust resist cloth, silk screened image using freezer paper, rusted string, gold glass beads, embroidery and machine stitching, painted netting. This piece turned out quite different than the supplies post of Oct. 19th. I did use the beads and gold thread but everything changed once the art making began. I try not to hold on to an image in my mind but rather stay with the feeling as in this case, a morning blessing.It's still important to me to create a piece that looks like a found object, or an ancient piece of sorts. So lots of stopping, looking and writing. I'm beginning the companion piece,' evening blessing' in shades of blue cloth. I've been working with cloth for over 2 years now and I think it's the challenge I have in moving the fabric around and placing unusual painted fabrics together and of course, the stitching and beads are the fun part!

It's my birthday today( the 25th) and I'm celebrating all day or actually all week! I bought a new comforter to celebrate these next years in warm peaceful sleep! Just for fun I've ordered two hooded sweaters and two vests, one knit and one quilted. I asked husband for red soft washable slippers and maybe tickets to an upcoming symphony. He asked me to dinner tonight and so I'd say turning 70 is going well! It actually means changes ahead but for right now I'm holding my own ... willing to hire help  around the house and making changes with lighter dinners and shopping. Have a new post-it app on my computer so its an easy reminder on all those things I must do each day! Still like this whole blog and Facebook exchange and hope to do more self publishing.  Most of the walls here are covered in my artwork and I change the images throughout the year. This may sound silly but I feel the warmth and peace in my home, in my life ... in these walls of art. I'm surprised how my life has turned out ...these days producing so much work ... truly grateful I've come this far and still a ways to go!

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  1. A very happy birthday to you!

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    1. Thank you so much ...full of celebration!

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  2. Happy birthday my friend, and many more of them! Your beautiful walls are an inspiration, and the colors here remind me of my favorite beech grove in October. There can never be too much art or too many trees in our lives, and this place is a rare enchanted grove.

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    1. kerrdelune, These words are a sweet nod to our well loved lives ... thank you!

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  3. What a beautiful piece! And happy birthday to you, again. I'm truly inspired by your output, and hope at some point I'll get back into making art more regularly. All the best. Hugs.

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    1. Connie Rose, Thank you and yes to the birthday!
      Your look back and then forwards in your life has been a beautiful way to know you. In this modern model-blog ...it's as if we sit by the fire and tell our stories and celebrate the long journey home.

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  4. Beautiful colours and an impressive list of ingredients and processes! Wish I could see it in person.
    Happy birthday!

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    1. Charlton, The fabrics come out of my bags of saved stuff ... the pieces that don't fit or too small. I have days of processing fabrics to just see what happens and then fold iron and put them away.
      Thank you for the birthday wish!

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  6. Oh happy week to you while you celebrate you 70th birthday! May all your dreams come true for you this year. Hugs.

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    1. Carole, It's been a great week! I need to dream some new dreams as lately these have come true ... I like that when it happens!

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  7. Happy Birthday Mary Ann. It's so long since I left a comment on your blog. I enjoyed reading your take on where you are in your life. All the gray haired people seem to be contemplating in the same way. I appreciate how your art has a comforting, warm quality. I've begun to display more of my own work in my home for that very reason. I've been a terrible blogger for the last year, but I'm resolving to get back to it . I miss my online friends dropping by.

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    1. Margaret, It has been a very long time. Thank you for the birthday greeting! Hope you get back to blogging!

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  8. I just found your blog. Lovely and creative. Happy birthday to you! My birthday is tomorrow (October 27th) and I will be 58 years young. You have a wonderful blog!

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    1. Linda, Thank you for stopping by and for the birthday greeting. I hope your day (27th) is a happy one and that you have a very good year!

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  9. Mary Ann, I'm sorry I missed your birthday, but I'm so happy you seem to be enjoying everything so much and experiencing a great run of creativity! This pieces just dazzles the eyes, I love it!

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    1. Sharmon, Thank you so much! It's true I've been focusing on the art making more and more ... retirement helps but I have also become a bit of a recluse which I am also enjoying!

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