Fly

July 15, 2009 at 9:44 am (Musings...)

baby bird

Yesterday, at dusk, as I was reading a book, I heard a bird hit the window… again!  It wasn’t a direct hit — those usually are fatal to our feathered friends.  I looked out the dining room window and saw a baby bird on a branch.  She inched her way back and forth, forth and back on the branch.  Every once in a while she would prepare her feathers, as if to fly, but didn’t follow through with the action.  She didn’t move from the branch when I went outside to take her picture

I found myself whispering over and over, “Fly, little bird, fly.”   I was riveted to my chair as I watched her fear and indecision. 

 After what seemed a very long time, an adult bird, and I can only assume it was her mother, perched on the branch beside her and appeared to touch her with her beak.  As the mommy bird flew away, so did the baby bird.  Though her flight was tentative and crooked, she flew away!!

I realized that this short interaction was very symbolic of my life as a mom.  Both of my children are young adults.  They are making their own decisions, making their own mistakes.  I find myself wanting to carry their burdens, but I realize that they, not I, must be the ones to live with their life decisions.

I whisper, “Fly, little birds, fly.”  I encourage, “You CAN do this!”  But I can’t rescue them anymore.  They are out of the nest, on the branch, way up high!  They, alone,  must take those next steps.

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House of echO at Artomatic

July 10, 2009 at 9:16 am (Musings...)

 

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Amanda singing with House of echO

 I was privileged, along with Danny, to drive to Washington DC on Sunday to hear House of echO play.  http://www.myspace.com/houseofecho 

My darling daughter, Amanda, sings back-up vocals.  We had a great time and met some really neat, new people!! 

 

Me Danny and Amanda

Me, Danny and Amanda at Artomatic

Amanda sent me the words to this song, sung by Brooke Fraser.  They really touched my heart!! 
 

 

C.S. Lewis Song”

If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy,
I can only conclude that I was not made for here
If the flesh that I fight is at best only light and momentary,
then of course I’ll feel nude when to where I’m destined I’m compared

[CHORUS]
Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy comes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan as I wait for hope to come for me

Am I lost or just found? On the straight or on the roundabout of the wrong way?
is this a soul that stirs in me, is it breaking free, wanting to come alive?
Cause my comfort would prefer for me to be numb
An avoid the impending birth of who I was born to become

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]
For we, we are not long here
Our time is but a breath, so we better breathe it
And I, I was made to live, I was made to love, I was made to know you
Hope is coming for me
Hope, He’s coming

L-R Paul, David (echO), DeJuan, Teo, Amanda (Thomas on drums)

L-R Paul, David (echO), DeJuan, Teo, Amanda (Thomas on drums)

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I Sing

July 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm (Decorative Painting)

"I Sing"

"I Sing"

I have finished my most recent design, “I Sing.”  I used texture medium along the border — pressed real leaves into the medium, dried it well then painted the whole thing warm white, then blue (mixture of teal blue and chrome green hue).  I dried it well then used extender and burnt umber and quin gold — brushing on and wiping off until I got the look I wanted.  After drying well, I used fine sandpaper to remove some of the blue paint on the highest ridges… to show the white.

Close-up of the imprinted leaves

Close-up of the imprinted leaves

The calligraphy is my second version — I will show you the first later on in this blog — after checking with my mentor, Paul Seymour, he said the original illuminated “S” was too bright.  He suggested not adding any more colors — so I sanded the calligraphy off and started over again.   I changed the “S” to an “I” and made my writing a bit smaller.  I am so pleased with the end result!!

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Close-up of calligraphy

Original calligraphy/illumination

Original calligraphy/illumination

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An Apple A Day

July 4, 2009 at 10:09 am (Decorative Painting)

I have been going in circles for the last month — the joys of OCD and life-changes 🙂

I hope to have my thought processes under control very shortly (I’m an optimist — with OCD, but an optimist nonetheless).  I haven’t been diligent to blog or paint.  The last week, though, I’ve finished two pieces that I’m proud of.  The first one was designed by my teacher/mentor, Paul Seymour in the Peter Ompir style.  There is a funny story about this piece… I was painting away until my painting buddy noticed a particular bulge in my doctor’s anatomy — don’t ask why or what I was thinking!!  We howled about it all night but I ultimately decided to keep it in… Ompir always liked the wacky, didn’t he?!?! 

An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

The second piece is another class piece, designed by Lynn Snyder.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I finished it before Monday’s class.  Danny O. and I are going to hear Amanda sing with “house of echO” tomorrow in Washington DC and I didn’t know how much I would have left for class on Monday.  I had the face and small details to finish and one CANNOT paint small details with a shaky hand!!

The Blossoming Ballet

The Blossoming Ballet

The Blossoming Ballet

The Blossoming Ballet

Now I have to be brave enough to finish MY design…  my goal for this week.  The piece is titled “I Sing.”  I can’t wait for you all to see it!

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