Friday, March 7, 2014
Recently I had the opportunity to watch the "Lost Bird Film". It documents the dream and creativity of sculptor Todd McGrain. After reading the book "Hope is a Thing with Feathers" by Christopher Cokinos, Todd determined that he would create sculptures to honor extinct birds.
Todd's idea was to not only create the sculptures but to place them in locations that were endemic to each of the birds. The birds are Great Auk, Labrador Duck, Heath Hen, Passenger Pigeon and Carolina Parakeet.
Watching Todd's struggle to find suitable locations for his sculptures and the ultimate joy of seeing his creations in place was both sad and hopeful. I send deep thanks to Todd. His work will be a constant reminder that these lovely birds are gone forever. Hopefully, these magnificent representations will remind us of how truly fragile life is.
"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could." - John James Audubon
Monday, March 3, 2014
Perhaps these pictures remind you of my last 'house building' experience. That one didn't turn out as I had hoped. Because its something I really want to accomplish I'm beginning all over again.
My concept includes some mixed media along with punchneedle and I plan to use reverse punchneedle so that the design is a little more recognizable. Will it work??? Guess I'll find out down the road. Thanks for coming along me with me once again on this experiment.
"Whatever good things we build end up building us." - Jim Rohn
Friday, February 28, 2014
Especially shared laughter!!!
The kind that fills the air with joy and lingers afterward as a wonderful memory.
"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose." - Woody Allen
Monday, February 24, 2014
My fingers have been flying in order to meet a deadline. Not my favorite way to work, but sometimes it happens.
Teapot I - Perhaps I would start my day with a brisk cup of "English Breakfast Tea" poured from this pot.
Teapot II - I think the whimsy of this pot calls for a cup of "Dry Desert Lime".
Teapot III - Oh yes, "Jasmine Green", curled up in a chair reading a good book.
For these designs I used reverse punchneedle. I like the reverse stitch for something like this. It give a detail that the regular loops can't always provide. The design is crisper and clearer.
Of course now that they are finished I'm headed for a delicious cup of tea to celebrate...
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Friday, February 21, 2014
How many times, as a child, did I lay on the grass to watch clouds floating oh so far above me? Did I dream of riding on one - soft and puffy, supporting me as I traveled over the far off mountains? I know that I pictured animals and other objects in the shapes of the clouds. Little did I think of how truly connected I was to that cloud passing by.
"You are made of cloud - at least 70 percent of you. If you take the cloud out of you, there's no you left. A cloud has a good time traveling. When it falls down, it does not die. It becomes snow or rain. The rain becomes a creek and the creek flows down and becomes a river. The river goes to the sea, then heat generated by the sun helps the water evaporate and become a cloud again. Now the cloud has become tea..." - Thich Nhat Hanh