Everyone who is a doll collector goes through many phases, and eventually find what “works” for them, what they enjoy the most, me, I like to play in making, or creating a figure, and seeing what expression I want to play with on that given day, what my inspiration nudges into happening.
We have all had that moment where we look down a road, path, or street and wonder where it leads.I am one who is always intrigued with what is around the bend. “honey, just a little further, please, let’s see what is up around that bend” and when we get there, I coax for maybe just another mile or two.
One day, we simply turned a corner, and he stopped the car. (back road) “Now look around and see just how many vistas you see from here”… new concept. Usually it would be when we were in another Province or State. The challenge was there to find my next story line.
For me I can just stand in one spot and look in all directions till I spot a place that draws me into a line of thought, that begins to tell a story. I’m hooked. I want to sit down and start writing .. of course I can’t, I’m on the road, and if I write it down in that moment, it won’t have the opportunity to grow in my imagination.
Others can stop for a coffee, or another kind of pick me up, for me .. its the little gems of visual settings, and backdrops that tease and encourage me to paint, write, sculpt. I love it. I love these gifts from the Universe. my joy isn’t in a commercial environment, but rather when I am out discovering a new day.
Live radiantly as the sun. Strive to always be bright and cheerful so you can enliven those around you.
Perfect Liberty 2020.27
Use things for what they are meant for. Everything has a purpose. Let’s use things to their fullest potential.
Perfect Liberty 2020.26
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
Facebook has a habit of popping the past at you. This morning, I found this on my FB page. I wondered what on earth !! then I read the notation at the bottom, they had provided that too.
Do you recall what you did 6 years ago? And the next question, Do you really want to know?
Curious, that’s all.
Personally I care more about what I’m doing now and how I live now, PL Precept # 16 All things progress and Develop. Every moment counts, I love the experience of living. The past.. yes it was good at the time, but the reality is, I don’t even know where Mr. Spud is today, what happened to him. OH and the spuds, were they significant? who knows, that was then, this is now.
Once upon a time, I thought I would like to try my hand at doing something different. I had seen some beautiful pieces at an antique show and wondered how it was done. Having a creative streak that just won’t quit, I began to ask around and was surprised that in my circle of friends, no one tatted or knew of anyone who did. For lace, it was also an unknown art to my immediate creative buddies. We were one of a kind doll makers, we sculpted, sewed and worked with totally different media.
This is a picture of a cover from a tatting book from the 1940’s. In my treasure hunting expeditions, I had seen such a tool and had not known what it was and no one around could educate me either. Now of course with access to google search and other such vehicles, information is more at hand. Tatting is a dying art form, it requires a ton of patience, and a love for working with very fine material and following a pattern.
When I reflect back on what I could have done, and what I in the end, have done…. well …. the methods of applying my gray matter, processing information, working with chicken wire, wire,precious and semi precious metals, sculpting materials like Apoxie Sculpt. or the liquid polymers like Paverpol and Powertex, all gave me creative ways to express my ideas, feelings and thoughts in a visual way.
This is a needle felted dancer that i did during my love affair with sheep, fleece and roving. I like form, movement, and a sense of whimsy, I want abstract so that the viewer can find their own connection to my work.
Here a Victorian “mystery” woman walks away, or if she is in your garden, and you are walking towards her, =^_^= you’ll meet her in a different way. This was done with wire, and fabric so that it could withstand Canadian climate, she does come in during the winter months..
Crocheting a hat so I could display felted flowers was the closest I got to lace and tatting. We all express ourselves differently, what is important is that we do so in a way that will please us, and in so doing bring a smile to others. For all of us who love to express ourselves, visually, vocally, (the written word is to me a visual expression) we are given the skills, and the tools, it is up to us to create our own works of art.
When we do whatever it is we are attempting to do, with our full makoto (sincerity) and focus, our results are usually more positive and appealing to us and others. Right… not everyone will like what you say or do, however, if you have spoken or applied love and kindness into your actions, you have done your best. That is really all you can do.
My father in law is as I write this, is in his final days here on earth. He has lived a long and productive life (99) a man who till very recently was totally focused on what he needed and wanted. He gave love, laughter and life to family and friends, now in the quiet of this journey, I visually see his life, like a piece of lace, beautiful in the making, and his memory will be a reflection of the time, patience and effort he put in to his personal pattern that no one else can replicate.
We create art… however we ourselves …. are works of art….. life is art………….
Frozen in Time – sculpted out of wire,apoxie sculpt and fabric this garden fairy likes her crystals, she carries them with her so that the sun and day light will catch and reflect prisms of colour all around her. The stump she stands on was part of a tree she used to love for the shade it provided on the hot summer days. She came inside one year, to grace the mantel, to this day she is still there. There is a window there, and during the bright winter days, when the sun comes shining through … her garland dances sending a rainbow of colour through the room.
Do we stand still in life, or do we constantly want to be on the move? Lately I’ve been forced to spend more time.. standing still… LOL or should I say, having a lie down =^_^=
Like the garden fairy with her crystals, when the dust gathers on her beads, the rainbow of colours is less dazzling. When she was outside, Mother Nature, bathed her in spring, summer and fall with showers, pelting rains and blew soft whispers of breeze through her strand of crystals.
When we stop and allow the world around us to “really be seen” It is surprising what we “see” and realize about where we are in life, and how we are coping with the realities.
Have the courage to really look at where you are, have you been standing still? Is dust gathering on “your crystals”
Prayer is our garland of light, the Universe speaks to us everyday, and in many ways. It is in mindfulness that we hear and see the Divine connection.
Blessings everyone, may the light of life shine brightly on you today.and always.
From another era, she walks through the garden, silently adjusting her steps to better manouver the changing landscapes from season to season. This maiden was built using chicken wire for the frame (I built out the skirt so that it would give her better balance. Her outfit is made out of material that has been soaked in Paverpol, I was not using Powertex at the time.of her “birthday” both of these products have websites that will give you the full description of their properties. Her face and under body is from Apoxie Sculpt, this is a product from a company called Aves. It is permanent, self hardening and waterproof.
Paverpol and Powertex are liquid hardeners, environmentally friendly, water based alternatives to polyester. The Silent Maiden has been outside in the garden for many years now and she still looks good. Some of her “friends” have not weathered as well. Same is true in life. Some of us weather better than others. =^_^=
May I? this is from the book The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery 1900 – 1944
“Speaking to the Little Prince about love and life, the Fox says: And now here is my secret, a very simple secret, it is only with the heart that one can see rightly: What is essential is invisible to the eye. “
From the teachings of Buddha..
What is the meaning of the saying ” A cupful of water is more than the water of an ocean?” This is the answer “A cupful of water given in a pure and compassionate spirit to one’s parents or to a sick person has an eternal merit, but the water of an ocean will some day come to an end.
The Universe LOVES YOU…..
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I once was wild about working with gourds. I built or created a bird house with one. It hung from a tree in the back garden. with time and weather it fell and the neck broke off. For some reason I was loath to just throw it away. The main body was rehung, but I kept the neck saving it till I could get back to it. I know that each and every other artist out there has done this in some way, the part of a song that you just can’t finish or get that special riff for. I moved this broken piece of gourd from one place in my work space to another.
Finally this past spring, it was just what I needed to try a new product with. Once I had made up my mind, things just began to happen.
I can turn it in different directions, and each side gives me a different “story” “view”.. I had no idea what it was, or what to do with it. but.. the finished product made me smile and made me happy. It was a visual tactile expression I needed to express at that time! No more no less.
There is a teaching in PL. Once you make up your mind, things will happen. Once you decide you are going to do something, your enthusiasm and focus (mindfulness) will bring forth results. God/Universe will give you aid when you need it most.
Living life as Art, means, go with the flow, create and express yourself, the challenges in life are there to allow us to grow and stretch our talents. God/TAO is everywhere, and in all things. Always. Strive to live in Perfect Liberty (PL)
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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--- there are two energies, Yin and Yang = ONE
---to have balance we must live each moment
of our lives.. with Makoto (sincerity)
The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.