"I do believe in an everyday sort of magic...the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone." Charles de Lint
Paul and I walked to Penobscott Falls this morning....it was a perfect fall day.
Ha ha...that's a pun!
The sky was blue...the air was cool and crisp and the company was outstanding! Oh yes....and the views were so bad either!
On our way we walked past this little gray house with the yellow door....perfect segue into how I spent part of my afternoon.... sitting in my studio with my lovely view figuring out my October gray and yellow color scheme project.
I have the basic idea in my head....now I need to top stitch the background and start placing the components. Then I have a hand stitching embellishment I want to try.
I couldn't help but play with my shriveling wonderful wabi-sabi collection this morning.
There was one sprig of beauty berry in a bouquet my sister Angie brought home from the hospital.
After a week I reworked the arrangement and pulled it out and watched it dry. And yes, I brought it home. I can't believe how it's holding that beautiful purple color. The sunflowers also came from the bouquet....and I brought home every petal! Thanks Angie!
Anita and I came across this nearly perfect textured heart in the pavement yesterday morning. I didn't think it would photograph well...but it came out OK. I'm also quite fond of our shadows.
We also walked by one of our favorite fence line gardens and the dahlias were beautiful. But given my new appreciation for wabi-sabi...I liked this version just as much as the near perfect one. Beautiful colors and textures!
It's October 17th....time to get going on my monthly Folt Bolt color scheme project. This month it's grays and golden yellows. I'm actually quite fond of this scheme.
Like pretty much any other scheme....I have plenty of fabric in my stash to work with. I started these little wool and felt medallions while I was at my sister's and I'm mulling over what to do with them. Stay tuned.
It's been a wonderful experience for me....sometimes even a little emotional. Being with my sister Angie in farm country for two of the weeks added a whole other dimension to it.
This past week was about a journey towards a composition..but for me it was mostly about the journey. I had to squeeze the composition in at the end before I came home. I would have liked to have spent more time with it....but it worked out fine. There's plenty of time to play with composition.
Once I got home I put together a "Steller Story" as my final project. We were encouraged to include a Haiku, assemble a composition of abundance, then rework it in a more simplified way. To see my "consciously creative" journey...click here to connect to my Steller story.
I have come away with so much....and it will most certainly influence my art and the way I observe and appreciate the world around me.
While out on a walk today I wandered in to take a look at the new exhibition at Gallery Blink here in Lexington. The theme was "word play" and once again from the moment I walked in the door I was in awe. It's certainly worth checking out....it ends October 22nd.
All the art was inspired by text and several pieces incorporated old books, recycled magazines, or hand lettering.
I am constantly amazed at how beautifully the pieces are displayed and I always drawn to the mantle displays. The green balls on the mantle were eye catching from a distance...and I couldn't believe what they were when I got up close. Notice the racket next to the fireplace screen.
I spent the day at a beautiful retreat center at a workshop called "The Art and Craft of Journaling." It was taught by my friend Muffy Paradise who is one of the most creative and deeply thoughtful people I know. I blogged about one of her nature journals she copied and made into small accordion books...you can see mine here.
It's going to take a while to digest it all but Muffy wanted us to see that words and and letters can be pictures themselves.....they are, after all, just lines and shapes on the page. Creatively using words along with images can make for beautiful journal pages.
We played around with various types of lettering and did several exercises to loosen us up and get us out of our heads and into the lines. Muffy did several demonstrations and shared many of her beautiful journals and artwork....that alone was worth it!
It's my last day at the library while at my sister's and I'll travel home tomorrow night. Angie is getting stronger and stronger every day and with the help of couple more sisters and her friends and neighbors I think she'll be fine.
One of my assignments for this week's "Consciously Creative" class was to look for "everyday still life." Take a photo then try and improve the composition. Here's something I just submitted.
I've been making oatmeal with apples for me and my sister every other morning for the past two weeks and putting it in these wonderful vintage "wabi-sabi" bowls. This became a familiar scene and yesterday while the oatmeal was cooking I tried to capture it in a pleasing composition.
This comment on our class Facebook page really made me chuckle. Chiara is from Italy. I love that this has been an international experience.
I got up early this morning for a walk and caught the sunrise.
Here's what I was greeted with when I went into Angie's little town of Buckner this afternoon to watch my live class session at the library....I almost cried. But sometime's you just have to buck up and do what you need to do. I was able to get their WiFi outside the doors....so I settled myself in and watched the session sitting on a concrete slab. What we do for our art!
This week's lesson is "composition." The exercises and homework are going to be a challenge...we'll see how it goes. I'm in the home stretch here with my sister so our next few days will be pretty focused. I'll be traveling home on Thursday night.
For my "Consciously Creative" class this week we have been focusing on shadows, atmosphere, and mood....perfect timing.
Angie uses a wheelchair to get around her house but she parks it in a little pass through hallway and uses a walker in the bathroom. As we were both headed to bed a few nights ago and I was walking through her house turning off lights and I came through the living room to this view. There was such a sense of mood and atmosphere in the room.
There were so many shadows and dark silhouettes in the living room yet the wheelchair was illuminated by the light in the hall. I was overcome with emotion. Not only because the highlighted chair emphasized the reality of her situation but it reminded me of the meaningful connection we are making this week. I may not have tuned into this had it not been for this week's lesson.
Here are a some of the photos I submitted for class. All of them have been edited to try and emphasize the mood and atmosphere at the moment.
The country roads have been amazing in the early mornings and the evenings. I have bonded with the corn. It was not about a beautiful photo...it was about creating a feeling.
A glimpse of my sister's house as I walked down the down the road.
When the corn is actively growing it's upright....but it turns down in the fall to dry staying protected by the husk. Nature is so amazing.
It has been a very powerful and contemplative week for me.
What a wonderful, sometimes intense, often humbling week this has been so far. I am almost totally unplugged which is mostly good...but I do feel out of touch. I am trying to be very present with my sister and her needs and know I'm where I need to be. We are accomplishing a lot together and I am 1/2 way through my stay. I am grateful for my good health and all the wonderful blessings I have in my life.
Our days are full....but I try to take a walk every day...mostly in the evenings and am enjoying the sounds and the smells of farm country at harvest time. All is well in Sibley Missouri.
This week is "shadows, mood and atmosphere" week for my class....so that is perfect. I will have more to share on that later.
It's a travel day for me....I'm on my way to spend a couple weeks with my sister Angie in the Kansas City area. After 3 weeks in the hospital and 2 weeks in rehab she's ready to go home.
My most recent treasures gathered from my neighborhood in Maine.
I'm looking forward to spending time with her and helping with the transition and whatever else she needs. She doesn't get good cell service and she doesn't have the internet so I will be mostly unplugged....and that can be a good thing now and then. I may spend some time at the library and will make use of Wi-Fi as I take her to appointments. I will post when I can as I will be searching for and playing with color...and I'm always on the look out for things that bring me joy.
Much of my online time will be keeping up with my "Consciously Creative" class....it's a little hard to leave during "color week" but I will do the best I can. Before moving my decomposing things to the garage yesterday morning I made a color wheel using all my findings and a few things from the fridge. The blue flowers were free from a local garden shop as I was quite lacking in that part of the wheel and the clerk was happy to contribute to my project. I may have to plant a blue hydrangea bush. I'm growing very fond of shriveled up leaves.
Seems like a good image to have here for a while....I'll be back as often as I can.
I think I need to find a bigger board.
I've been drying some of my longer stems out on the porch...as a "wabi-sabi" bouquet.
My September Folt Bolt color scheme project is finished. There are parts that I really like....and others I might have done differently. I am most fond of the striped plant pot and the lotus pod.
I wrapped the background fabric around the paint panel this time. The lotus pod was too thick to wrap...but I added some of the round dots randomly on the sides. I think the buttons and dots give a nod to seeds.