As a creative exercise for myself, I will be randomly creating acronyms with some of my favorite words. I think this exercise will help me with my writings (that I am really enjoying, by the way!) and also an artistic outlet. I have also been doodling lately. Those photos are below.
Their pockets were full of the smallest of treasures they could find in a single afternoon. She felt certain she just created another lasting memory with her daughter. The type of memory she would maybe even cherish one day. After doing several of these hunting and gathering trips, she finally knew what to do with these recently discovered possessions. She grabbed an old canning jar from her pantry and suddenly it was created. The "discovery vase" was born. Inside each discovery vase were the simplest of things, cast aside by a fast-moving society, not bothering to notice or pick them up. Different riches that she or her daughter inspected and felt worthy to be included in such a unique collection. She was thrilled, at least inwardly, to know she was keeping the memory alive in her daughter, by simply having a visual reference.
This vase was created circa 2009, when we briefly lived beside Queen Anne's Creek in a 100 year old cotton mill. The beetle was dead when we found him. He or she is a gorgeous olive green with black dots. We decided against collecting the swamp snakes and other living creatures a swamp contains!
This is the other side of the vase. A magnolia petal, painted gumballs, concrete bits, unusal sticks, moss, broken glass, palm cross, and a large elephant ear leaf are just some of the items inside.
These are the brick bits, broken china and drift wood found in and around the Chesapeake Bay.
Some of the shells have an iridescent look, very unique. In the middle of this photo, you can see one lone empty barnacle on a brick bit.
These vases sit atop a shelf we can see everyday to remind us of places we have lived and/or visited. Collecting precious things and memories at the same time, on this artist holiday.
As she sits on the shore in her beloved fold up chair and faded towel, she is at ease.She feels contentment throughout her being that she had not felt since last year sitting in this near exact spot.It was a morning just like today, the sun feels fresh, the breeze is soft and the pelicans look as if they are enjoying the solitude just as much. She found her mind drifting, but not staying in one thought too long.She couldn’t risk being engulfed in her memories and not allowing her body to fully maximize the divine intervention she has become a part of on this perfectly harmonious shore.
The shore inspires many and I am no different.I find the horizon to be enchanting and my imagination to run wild with what is beyond that delicate line of blues.I comb the beach for small treasures washed up that morning in high tide.I like to think of the delicacies I find as beauties put there from the Great One, only for me to find and love.Swimming in the ocean is one of life’s pure pleasures.The waves are swift, sometimes warm and always refreshing.I have found myself lost in the wave’s repetitive motion and free in the big blue.Other times I enjoy the excitement of the next wave coming and satisfaction of sometimes winning the fold and eventual crash of one and having to dive into others, knowing I can’t win them all.Of course this is where I could interject parallels of how fighting and dodging waves swimming in the ocean can be so much like life, but I will leave your mind to pull those similarities together.Above all, the shore has so much to offer and you only need to bring your mind free of expectations to enjoy it.
My work can only benefit from my occasional trips to the different shores I visit throughout each year.My collections range from shells of North Carolina’s creeks, rivers and the Atlantic to worn brick bits and unique shells from the Chesapeake Bay.I may not always work out each idea, but the creativity is there.I would like to share with you some of my collections and other ideas I am working on.
I used the netting bag my children's toys came in to collect my treasures this past summer. The word "sea" written in steel wire, laying on hand dyed fabric. Still trying to work this into a collage....
The center shell looks like toes
Fossil-like shells. Something draws me to these porous fragments, I adore a find such as these!
Brick bits and a split clam. Some brick bits have swirls of lighter shades you can see and the deep browns of the clam shells are beautiful. Now, some of my recent artwork...
Artist Artifacts is a triptych I created with burlap, hand dyed fabric, glass and ceramic fragments, various beads, wire, wooden branches, cornstarch dough artifacts, a porous shell and a beautifully contoured shell
Closeup of the contoured shell, in the upper right
A word collage I created spelling "love" framed in a black shadow box. The "o" is a shell with a pearl atop. Other materials I used were wood, job tears beads, glass beads, white shell beads, wire, ribbon and hand dyed fabric
Organic Chain is a necklace where the large shell is strung as if it were a bead itself. Strung with the large shell are also Egyptian clay beads, glass, horn and wood beads and handmade steel wire beads.
A bracelet created with small oyster shell beads, bayong wood bead, other wood and glass beads, as well as a steel wire bead basket around shell beads and two pearls.
The love of the ocean resonants with us all, now if only we could capture, not just the ocean's treasures but the beauty we see in our own masterpiece. Well, what an artist holiday that would be...
This confidence booster began back in July when I made a fabric ornament with metal wire and small blue beads to submit to the magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Reader Challenge “Winter Holiday Gift Swap”.I like to think of reader challenges as something one of my art professors would have asked me to do in a college setting!They get my creative juices flowing and whether I get the lucky chance of being published or not, my ideas usually spiral into other things I create.So, without further ado, November/December Issue 33, page 78 (8 pages closer to the cover than the last publication!) J
And Jill Eudaly at http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/ (her blog; Recycled Daze) received my ornament! Her beautiful shimmering and festive wall hanging was also published in the same article! Congratulations Jill!
Cloth Paper Scissors is a collage and mixed media magazine.
The alarm had not gone off yet, but her mind was already restless.She still had her eyes closed, dreaming the same ole dreams of art grandeur and pure creative bliss, yet she felt something different stirring within her.She waited, as she always did, for those fears of inadequateness and severe inhibitions to squash her dreaming and bring her back to her reality of living without art everyday. But this morning, she knew was unique, the fears never came.She decided then and there, to fight to be seen and heard and once she made that incredible leap forward, she would never have to regret looking back.For the first time ever, she truly allowed herself to believe that using her talents, was going to be her destiny.It was only then that she realized how deep her passion for art ran within her and she was thrilled realizing her lifework would be unraveling each handmade piece…
How easy would that have been?Just a simple defining moment in time, to get a grip and move right into your artistic endeavors.I wish!For me personally, it has been a series of small events and small accomplishments, and motivation from my family and friends that have brought me to this point.I am excited to start this blog saying that, although I may not be like the above lady completely free of all inhibitions, I have come pretty far personally.So, with this first posting, I say art is my passion, I am proud of my work and yes I think I am a talented artist!There I said it, I feel so much better.Now that we have that out of the way, I am excited to share so many things with you, my ideas, artwork and other thoughts that may occur.So, until my next posting, thanks for taking an artist holiday with confidence!