Thursday, February 26, 2015
A Beautiful Day
Almost March, Daylight Savings Time is soon upon most of us and Spring is ever so much closer in the US. I'll happily accept that!
Unusual for me but only one piece of art to share. As of the other day, the bitter cold weather took a toll on my body, causing auto immune and osteo arthritis issues to flare up. It started with neck, knee and breast bone pain. Then my left heel swelled up, I got a bump on it, and it was red and hot to touch. Uh oh. Took a good hot shower, and put the foot up. By bedtime I wasn't able to step down on that foot lest I wanted to experience excruciating pain. Oh what fun to crawl upstairs. Early AM was no better but I managed to get downstairs and tend to Annie. I sat with an ice bag 1/2 hr and finally was able to move about a bit. After icing off and on all day and eve it finally felt almost normal although the other aches remained somewhat. Fortunately my body continues to improve without medication. Something like this sure does make you realize how much you take the simple things-like being able to walk and take steps, for granted! I felt good enough to get the grocery shopping done on my own earlier today, and yes, even being capable of doing that task gave me pause to be grateful. And so my art page evolved:
It made me think about the embracing of imperfection, and finding the joy in it. Wabi-sabi. The page began with a layer of embossing paste spread about with a palette knife. The black threads on the page were sitting on my work table, left from some trimmed sewing because I knew I could use them somehow:) I applied the threads while the paste was wet.
The next day I scraped on and wiped away Artists Loft Parchment paint along with a mix of a turquoise and grey paint. The bird image (Retro Café Art) was sitting nearby along with other Spring themed ephemera I was gathering. I couldn't believe how the threads seemed to be coming out of the image- serendipity at its best! I finished it with a bit of lace and a sentiment.
In my last post early this week I made another page using more techniques from Dina Wakley's book. You can see it here, along with the announcement of a new online class I signed up for! A perfect time for me to watch some of the videos (and there are many!) while my body recuperates.
Thanks as always for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment :) Linking to Art Journal Journey(theme of birds, beasts and humans); Art Journal Every Day; Express Your Creativity; Mix It Monthly (play with fabric); Paint Party Friday; and the Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog (anything goes). I'll be popping in and visiting your links. Have great weekend!
I love this wabi-sabi quote so much, that I'm sharing it with you to end this post.
" Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry". Leonard Koren