Monday, December 27, 2010

winter's splendor

Winter blessed central Iowa with so much beauty this morning, my heart was full...

May you too find peace & quiet beauty this last week of 2010.


Friday, December 24, 2010

it's the fifth & final but it's my first

Lisa over at A Whimsical Bohemian has announced the details for the fifth & final One World One Heart event. I plan to participate (my first time!). Won't you join, too?

Monday, December 20, 2010

haiku expressions - part 4

This is the last post for the collaborative challenge Phyll & I did. Here is the piece I created, followed by two haiku she wrote to express her interpretation of it:

The black hole confounds.
Man ponders its mystery,
But what if it's white?

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I cut the black hole.
A total absence of light
Reflects in my eyes.

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Aren't these haiku thought-provoking? I really like what Phyll did with them!

As for the art, the background is something I started nearly a year ago and have added various layers to and tinkered with off and on for months, never quite sure what I'd use it for. When it came time for me to create a piece for our collaboration, I knew it would be the perfect starting place. I toyed with making it an underwater scene of some sort, but my love of moon and sun items won and thus it became cosmic space. The sun was made from Friendly Plastic (both stick and pellets) & alcohol inks. The moon too was made of FP. The photo doesn't show it well, but there's pearl ink forming craters. While I liked it the overall piece just like that, my intent was to illustrate balance.... internal balance.... but how? The idea of something busting through intrigued me, so I pursued it, adding the mirror to reflect on the viewer and imply the internal/personal balance breakthrough. Something like that anyway.... When my hubby saw it, his initial reaction was a black hole had consumed our earth. Then he saw it was a mirror and made some wisecrack about the universe revolving around him... LOL!! I like all our interpretations, and love that the piece has a voice at an individual level. It has become one of my favorites.

My thanks go out to Phyll for her creative talents, open mind, willingness to try anything and loads of patience! You are a true gem, Phyll!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

haiku expressions - part 3

For the second half of our collaborative challenge, Phyll & I each created something artistic and the other wrote a haiku to represent it. Here is the intriguing piece Phyll created, followed by my interpretation, expressed via haiku.

traveling through time
they felt the pulsing rhythm
an eternal dance

Here's a close-up shot of some of the detail of Phyll's piece, so you can appreciate the work. She's truly got a knack for details!

My piece is done and as soon as I take a decent photograph of it for Phyll to work with, I'll share it along with what I'm sure will be a fantastic haiku from her.