Monday, August 29, 2016

just the essential features

I took apart the luminous halo path and pinned it in sections to the wall.

Then I took those sections apart.

The effect of vitality will be enhanced if the symbol states no more than the essential features, if it states them clearly, and if it states them swiftly, for the very swiftness of the execution will convey a sense of power and liveliness to the spectator.

This vitality must also be accompanied with the tenderness and subtlety born of long and earnest insight into nature.

C.J. Holmes  Notes on the Science of Picture Making

Sunday, August 28, 2016

immortal soaring reply

cloud flag
field of time
healing cloth
a long view
allowing and letting in
solitude's inner gaze
time opens up
sweet mercy

Friday, August 26, 2016

found fabric

I have been cutting fabrics into squares to make half square triangles.
I had forgotten about this piece of linen, dyed with procion,
it was still tied in little mark making bundles.
I found it and I un-tied it.

If wrapping is a metaphor and method of self healing.
as a way to bandage, nurture, protect and keep safe something that is fragile or broken.....

then isn't un-wrapping a metaphor for freeing that healed self?

I think I love this red cloth.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

imagination does not spring from nothing

every contact leaves a trace, all that is known departs from experience
The mind needs the senses.

chus martinez - curator  2016

our inner dream and our outer perception both spring from a common source
or primary phase of experience

marion milner - on not being able to paint  1950

Monday, August 22, 2016

a mile of patchwork

In one part of the mind, there really could be a fear of losing all sense of separating boundaries;

the boundaries between the tangible realities of the external world
the imaginative realities of the inner world of feeling and idea.

A fear of being mad.

A fear that letting go of common sense and letting in imagination means letting in madness.

Marion Milner

Saturday, August 20, 2016

nervous and vulnerable

Three questions I was recently asked.

Are you spiritual?
Is your being happy in your body?
Do you want to control your own life?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

the circle in the square is a metaphor for the inner self - carl jung

Lenore Tawney went to India when she was 70 years old.

She started her art career after going back to school in Chicago - she was 40.

She STARTED exhibiting around age 50.

Monday, August 15, 2016

sky full of clouds, field full of grass

I have completed it.
A piece that is larger than I can reach in all directions, filled with hand stitch.
The marks and lines distract the viewer's eye just enough.

I could look at it for hours.  It puts me into a reverie.

This is not the entire piece which is a square.  I've folded the top third down.
Mostly it is because I am still fearful of using the step stool.
However, I can walk on one level without using the cane.
I can go up and down a staircase with one.

Monday, August 8, 2016

the sense of touch and the aesthetic of time

It is not an image that I am seeking
It is not an idea
It is an emotion.

An emotion of wanting, of giving and
of destroying.

Louise Bourgeois

Monday, August 1, 2016

the open destiny of life

Such a story, the kind that begins "there was a woman, followed by plot"

The absolute line between two points which I've always despised...not for literary reasons, but because it takes all hope away.

Everyone, real or invented, deserves the open destiny of life.

Grace Paley