Saturday, July 17, 2010

what was I thinking?

A friend asked me to share what I was thinking when I created the emotion cards I posted last week. It felt good to be asked. I, for one, like it when the person who created something provides some insight into what they did, be it the technique, the reason for certain images, etc. Ask me questions any time....

Courageous ~ the photo is of a small, cracked glass garden globe. To me, it looks like a planet (I like sci-fi, Star Trek, etc.). It symbolizes the courage to explore and do things one has never done before. The bird in the trees is for the baby birds I've been watching this year as they learn to fly ~ again, courageous in my mind.

Fear ~ of being trapped (the web), of deception/betrayal (the poison), of no freedom/privacy (the eye) and of the unknown (the card).

Gratitude ~ gratitude it very important to me and a part of my daily life. When I was taking various photographs of the garden that day, I was studying this statue and trying to discern what emotion she portrays. Gratitude came to mind, and as it did, it felt right as I was simultaneously grateful for my life and just the blessing of being there in that moment. The attached flower & butterfly are appropriate for the garden scene and add dimension & texture.

Guilt ~ The scan didn't pick this up well. The word is cut from paper that I spray painted with a hammered metal finish so it looks like heavy steel to symbolize how guilt weighs a person down. The golden bottom layer is a polished stone technique using alcohol inks on glossy photo paper. It has a bit of a fiery/flame look I think and could represent a personal hell. Between the top & bottom layer is a mesh that I darkened to represent bars to reflect how guilt can cage a person.

It's looking to be another beautiful day in central Iowa today. I hope it will be the same wherever you are. Enjoy your day!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I think it is amazing you can remember what you were thinking!
I can't do it for five minutes ago! :D


Deb said...

Hi Di...I sent you an email at your request. Thanx for the card descriptions. Emotions affect us all in different ways and it is good if we can express them in an artistic way.

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Tumble Fish Studio said...

I was so excited to see your comment just now, had to come by and tell you so! In the last 7 months I have gotten so far behind on everyone it is tough to jump back in - it overwhelms me and my last endeavor consumed me so, that I just didn't have time to even attempt it. But as I readjust to being on my own again, I can see that it will be a welcome ritual. I don't know if you know but the first part of the year, I spent with my dad as he died of cancer. I was with him for 5 weeks and once I returned home, I just wallowed for about a month. Anyway, it's been a strange and challenging year in many ways.

I loved reading about the motivation for your lovely cards below. Symbolism is always a part of my work in some way so I like knowing the details in other people's work too. And, I like seeing your tree pix. What a wonderful to note and watch. Beautiful in its simplicity.

I see your picture often as I scroll through pix to find something. So despite my long absence from visiting, I think of you often in your purple fairy wings! Thank you for your lovely visit!


rivergardenstudio said...

I love to read your descriptions of you were thinking when you made these emotion cards, and the cards themselves. My favorite is the courageous collage and what it symbolizes to you. And gratitude. Something I feel whenever I go into the garden. Or look at the sky. Or watch a red-tail hawk. I could go on! thanks, roxanne