We live on the development edge of the ever expanding “Greater Toronto”. Despite this, there are still some wild pockets of tranquility not too far from our home. Today we slipped into the woods. It was a perfect day; sunny, and that temperature where you feel like your skin goes on forever. A bounty …
So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years-
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l’entre deux guerres-
Trying to use words, and every attempt
Is a wholy new start, and a different kind of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better of words
For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which
One is no longer disposed to say it. And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate,
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate – but there is no competition –
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
The Four Quartets T.S. Eliot
Looking Back, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 20″x16″
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
The Four Quartets T.S. Eliot
Colours that lie opposite each other on the colour wheel. Placed next to each other, complementary colours enhance the brilliance of both; mixed they cancel intensity.
Am I placing complementary goals in my life next to each other, or mixing them and getting mud ? Something to think about this year.
GOat in PEACE, 2015
A study in orange-red and blue-green
acrylic on canvas, 9” x 12”
Palette: Cadmium red, cadmium orange, cobalt turquoise, ultramarine, titanium white and ivory black
Santa really outdid himself this year and brought us all the flu for Christmas (I literally woke up Christmas morning sick). It was an equal opportunity gift for the whole family and it kept us entertained for weeks. What more could you ask for ? My creative energies having been otherwise occupied, I didn’t get anything done other than a bit of knitting. I write this sporting a new pair of fingerless mitts to ward off the chill of our house. Sebastien has promised me a photo shoot, but it has to wait in line with his other projects. Check out the (free) pattern here.
Luckily a friend had a better present arrive, and the newest addition to her family was born at the beginning of the new year. I dusted off my felting supplies this week and managed to make these. Why are baby sized shoes so darn cute ?!!
Things have been a little off schedule lately. For Art Play Days two weeks ago I was distracted by my upcoming workshop at WomynSpirit festival (more on that later). I didn’t really accomplish much, but Andrea made great progress on a card she’d been working on. Here’s the finished project:
I might have to try out colour on some new doodle art of my own ! Lovely !
Coming home from the retreat, I promptly got sick, so I’ve spent the week being kind to my liver and hopefully I’ll be good to get back on track this Thursday. Hmmm maybe some felting ….
I stole that title from here. I think I can sum up the talk in a couple of phrases (but you should watch it anyway; good talk): nothing is original; not imitation, but transformation is flattery. I think I get much of my inspiration from nature, but I also love looking at all kinds of work from other artists. Not just felt artists, but all mediums. This past Thursday for Art Play Days, I was on my own, so I thought I’d try out an idea for adding surface texture to felt. I can’t remember where I saw this, and it is a simple technique. It just involves adding lightly felted balls cut in half to a layer just below the surface layer. Again, not having much time I added this to another little tea light bowl/holder. I wasn’t particularly found of how it turned out, but it’s a technique worth considering for future work. Experimenting without worrying about the final product is something I should do more of !
A few links for inspiration :
Finally, a bowl for my workshop done in under two hours !