Sunday, April 10, 2011

in the stillness...

it's sunday night and the kiddos are asleep or at least they're supposed to be. any moment now one of them is bound to call out for a drink of water. we had a busy busy weekend with baseball for my son and prom night for my daughter. i was itching to paint and finally got a little time today! i've been fighting negative feelings lately about my work as an artist. i was a little stressed about a piece that i donated for a silent auction yesterday wondering if anyone would bid on it and what people would think of it. i knew i just needed to have some creative time and get over it already. a blog friend of mine has a birthday coming up so i decided to paint something for her. i wanted to do something with a bird and a little poem i wrote. i started out collaging bits of paper on a canvas board, then i added broken egg shells to the bottom. i wanted to add a ruffly detail so i cut off the edge of a ruffled blouse i don't wear anymore and adhered it with gel medium. i gessoed over it, added some color, bird, eggs, feather, and my poem. i wrote the words more than once trying not to slant the sentences but my writing always slopes to the left so that's how it will stay. i covered the piece with dorland's wax and left it to dry. i'm so happy i finished in one day! i hope the birthday girl likes it.
the poem reads:

in the stillness of morning
i hear the birds
and i know my voice

i also wanted to share with you these darling birdies that came in the mail the other day. my friend maki has made 1000 birds in an effort to raise funds for japan. if you would like to help maki help japan go HERE for more information.

thank you for visiting me, your comments lift me up and keep me smiling!
Much to love to you,