Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simpatica

A young girl enters my home with her parents. A new tutorial student for me.

It is winter.

We have some work to do together. Academic tasks.

Decoding, spelling. That kind of stuff.

We're both willing.

And so we get to work.

Aside from that work, what would we have in common, we who are are decades apart in age?

Souls, that's what.

An inner string of vibration.

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How long's that string been vibrating? Ten years now?

Inner String of Vibration
4x5.25"; acrylic, ink, and collage on paper, mounted on card stock
abstract
2017
[gifted][birthday card]

12 comments:

  1. Hi Dotty, I've been away from the blog lately (why do I go to a whole different search engine to get to my blog? Another thing to figure out). Anyways, this is unbelievably awesome! The colors, the symbolism, the Asian zen-ness. I love it. And I've been catching up on all your work.....your writing, your art, your obvious intrigue with life- makes you YOU! Thank you.

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    1. Laurie, fun to have you visit! Thanks for your feedback on Inner String of Vibration, with your nod to color, symbolism, and Asian zen-ness. And thanks for your overarching kind comments about my writing, my art, my obvious intrigue with life, my me-ness.

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  2. It does have a beautiful Japanese feel. The colors and simple composition make this piece. Who ever gets this card will have a gem!
    Isn't wonderful to be able to have special bonding. A gift!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Glad you enjoy this piece. Its story, told originally in a blog post on May 10, 2016, has many layers. In the same spirit as that piece was made, finding it again and making it into a card involved touching base with hidden treasures in my studio and going through a box of saved paper. The box itself came into my life when my kids were little and delivered a package from Hearthsong. The papers in the box each have a history. The papers I chose for this card come from (1) a wallpaper sample from a 2013 kitchen reno, (2) an envelope that was JUST the right orange-red (I had to piece it to even get enough to make it work here), and (3) paper purchased for making birthday and anniversary cards in 2011.

      And, yes, a special bonding is a gift!

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  3. Beautiful! This girl is lucky...

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    1. Thank you, Simone! It gave me such joy to make this card for my friend (now no longer my student and no longer a young girl).

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  4. Amaizing to me how you can create something so bold and energetic, and still give me a feeling tranquility. Maybe it is due in part to the feeling of familiarity I had when I opened your post. Ahhhhhh

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    1. It seems entirely possible to create something that is bold and energetic and at the same time tranquil, but it is amazingly wonderful to do so with no conscious or specific intention! Yay! We could no doubt put our heads together and do a pretty good job of identifying the elements that contribute to the energy/tranquility but I say, let's just be in the moment and take it in! Thanks for your feedback, Sheila.

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  5. Gorgeous Dotty. Love how how you discovered it again - and the other treasures to create this. Love the layering and the colours - the division of space - simplicity but so much more with the papers used to bring it all together. A lot of of memories have been passed on. Lucky person indeed who has been gifted this.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I appreciate your thoughtful feedback; it's fun to have your enjoyment of the artistic elements of layering, color, division of space, and simplicity/subtle complexity AND your affirmation of the treasure hunt and memories aspect of this piece. I do find myself SO in a happy zone when I piece something of this sort together—offering up so many facets of myself through visual language.

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  6. What a beautiful story, and card. You have a way with words that touches me, Dotty. Your words stay with me long after I've read them. I'm so glad I found you, your art, and blog..through Sheila, I might add, who is another beautiful soul. :)

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    1. Katie, thanks, thanks, and thanks. I'm delighted to have you as a new art friend—so much joy in your art, and in having connected with you.

      Sheila is a gift, isn't she? She commented on my paintings the first time I participated in a 30in30, in September '15, and her doing so opened me to a far less isolated art life. Game changer, for sure.

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