October: a beautiful month

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Yesterday morning I received a beautiful reminder from a friend….she sent me a link to a youtube video of U2 performing: It’s a beautiful day…today I listened to it again….tomorrow if all goes to plan I will listen to it again…sometimes I just need to remind myself

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

And then to top it off I received a parcel in the mail from another friend.  She sent me this amazing rubber necklace!

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Studio snippets: I am stitching like crazy…there is progress, but the process takes sooooo long that I get jittery, fustrated, anxious and nervous….that’s when I have to remind myself….its a beautiful day…to stitch away, anyway

work in progress

I am thinking about using a wooden toy that belongs to my son for a base of this sculpture. Not so sure he will be happy about it, but I think it might just work?? (note this is not the final view, just putting the thoughts together)

In between working on some larger works I continue to make headgear just for fun:

etienne met helmet

I started keeping a journal at around age 13, and when I started studying we had to have sketchbooks (which i really enjoyed) so I kept on working in sketchbooks and keeping visual diaries since 1996. When my children were very small I stopped for a brief period. These days i find that I dont really have time, but I try…so I resort to collage and ink since it is immediate, quick and plalyful: doing something that you feel doesnt need to be perfect or to be seen or exhibited.

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Other news:

It’s this time of year:

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Just love to hear them eat or watch these beautiful creatures going about their business.

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I am still obsessed about Basquiat. The lovely ladies from our library ordered 2 Basquiat books, and I am enjoying it soooo much to spend some time with his images in the comfort of my house.

currently this is the work by Basquiat that I adore, would love to own this one:

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

oh and his helmets are awesome as well:

helmet

and while reading the books I learned about another artist called David Hammons…check out this piece made with rubber! :

Work by David Hammons

Work by David Hammons

so all and all everyday is a beautiful day, and I hope you experience it too

on being painted….

Studio news/blog

I had a terrible self-image when I was a teenager.  I used to hate my big bulky fore-head.  When I rode my bicycle to school I tilted my head so that the wind blew my hair over my face.  I used copious amounts of hairspray to keep my fringe in place for fear of exposing my bulky fore-head.  No matter what my mom or others told me (for example that a big forehead is a sign of wisdom, blah blah blah) I didn’t believe them.

I always wore a fringe, up until my oldest son was born.  I didn’t have the time or energy to tend to a hairstyle with a baby in tow.  5 Years ago  I shaved my hair and wore my big bulky fore-head with pride.

A couple of days ago an artist friend of mine let me know that she is painting my portrait:

A portrait of me painted by Vanessa Berlein

A portrait of me painted by Vanessa Berlein

I feel honored being painted by her! I admire her skill, technique and talent! check out her blog here for more amazing work by Vanessa Berlein!

I also feel kinda weird (self-conscious) being ‘watched’ and so closely examined in order to be painted by her.

And I feel super strange seeing that big bulky fore-head again! (Its different seeing yourself in a mirror than seeing yourself through the eyes of someone else).

I cannot help but wonder how others eg: Mona Lisa felt after seeing the painted version of themselves?!

Suddenly I am thinking about a snippet of this ‘story’ from the book= “Possessing the secret of joy, by Alice Walker”:

….”Days went by when the only voice she heard was her inner one.

Soon, she began to listen to it.

Lara, it said, sit here, where the sun may kiss you.  And she did.

Lara, it said , lie here, where the moon can make love to you all night long.  And she did.

Lara, it said, one bright morning when she knew herself to have been well kissed and well loved:  sit here on this stone and look at your beautiful self in  the still waters of this stream.

Calmed by the guidance offered by her inner voice, Lara sat down on the stone and leaned over the water.  She took in her smooth, aubergine little snout, her delicate, pointed ears, her sleek, gleaming black fur.  She was beautiful!  And she was well kissed by the sun and well made love to by the moon.

For one whole day, Lara was content.  When her co-wife asked her fearfully why she was smiling, Lara only opened her mouth wider, in a grin.  The poor co-wife ran trembling off and found their husband, Baba, and dragged him back to look at Lara.  When Baba saw the smiling, well kissed, well made love to Lara, of course he could hardly wait to get his paws on her!  He could tell she was in love with someone else, and this aroused all his passion.

While Lala wept, Baba possessed Lara, who was looking over his shoulder at the moon.  Each day it seemed to Lara that the Lara in the stream was the only Lara worth having – so beautiful, so well kissed, and so well made love to.  And her inner voice assured her this was true.

So, one hot day when she could not tolerate the shrieks and groans of Baba and Lala as they tried to tear each other’s ears off because of her, Lara, who by now was quite indifferent to them both, leaned over and kissed her own serene reflection in the water, and held the kiss all the way to the bottom of the stream.”

Anyway,

Check out some more amazing portraits here!