making marks

stack of white paper, stark white canvases,  plentiful tubes of luscious colour, pastels, charcoal, pencils, ink.  The weekend has arrived, my art studio has been professionally cleaned and organised by a friend  and I am about to make some marks on all this whiteness !!

Looking at the images surrounding me, the marks I have made on paper, board, canvas and card have all been curves, swirling, entwined, marks, curvaceous  languorous limbs, swirling fecund growth with swelling fruitage, usually heavily paint laden, deep grooves made on the paper with my pencils, there is a will,  a strong will that controls not on the visual element but in the way the medium is applied.

Today will I produce something similar, without a doubt it will be “rounded and abundant” ,  this is how I think, this is how I am and this is  how I express myself.  Maybe I could try something different, or perhaps could say that I do try to make marks in more geometric, angled shapes, but it doesn’t come easy, I have to think about it and when I think about painting or what I am to do, its then that a blockage restricts  my flow and nothing comes out !!!

One more sip of coffee, perhaps sitting in the sunshine, then lets see what happens

About change

Awoke to stillness again, the dead hush that only snow can bring……. so peacful. A wintry white blanket with snow swirling in the blustery wind. Not a day to venture out. thank goodness work is no more than 30 paces away from my front door !

So where does the change come in ! well I have been sewing, sewing a quilt, still not finished, so many squares and rectangles to sew, I am beginning to get bored of sitting at the machine. So this evening in quiet meditation practice, I just took a pencil and let it roam around the page. shapes were forming, I shaded and moulded them and hey presto this is what materialised. A complete change to sewing, just me, stillness, pencil and paper and The Mother Tree

THE MOTHER TREE

momentum

Its been on my mind now for some time, the momentum is building…………..  I receive so many wonderful posts and emails about the papercut gardens I produce, it seems there is a great demand for me to put all my knowledge down on paper and produce a “how to” book.  I dont really know how to go about it, but where there is will there is a way and if I put my mind to it,  it will happen.

When I initially make these “gardens”  I never imagined they would ignite such a positive global  response……….  I knew they were magical, as I made each flower and blew in a prayer of gratitude ,  that something bigger than each flower was happening, they were “made with love”.   If I could impart this same enthusiasm, the  same love and gratitude that I feel when I cut and paste all the petals together into the hands of everyone who will read the book, then I will be a very  happy lady.

So I am putting this out to the universe!!  anyone out there who has any ideas or suggestions on how to go about this then I am open to receive…………….

Margorie Rose Memories – paper shoe no. 8

Marjorie  Rose was my grandmother

an amazing woman who passed on her gift of creativity to me.  Shoe no.8 is dedicated to her memory.  Handmade in paper and tissue printed with images of my grandmother as a young child.  Have so many happy memories of her, a fantastic cook, made absoloutely everything from her clothes to summer and winter soft furnishings.  Made clothes for me as a child and always an identical dress or coat for my doll.  Wedding dresses, wedding cakes, christmas cakes and puddings, christmas crackers, tree decorations,  surreal savoury birthday parties for me to curried eggs and pineapple upside down cake.  She was a treasure, died back in 1987 and buried locally.

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Thankyou Analu

This lady from Rio has been in inspiration to me, her cut paper work inspired me to get going with my own work at the end of 2008. However since then Analus’ work has moved in many and colourful directions, this piece made me smile so much that I wanted for myself. WIth Analu’s permission I have downloaded and printed it out and its destined to be framed and hung in my home.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lalalu/3869958194/