This winter seems endless. So, here I am still "searching for color" We still have at least three feet of snow in our yard and it doesn't get warm enough to melt. I need to excercise, to dance, to walk outside and perhaps find a touch of spring, but all I really want to do is work on my art.
So, here it is, my "Wishful Dance of Summer."
I first made a sketch of a photo of myself on photoshop. Then I cut it out and printed in on paper with another image on it. Then I cut it out again and using some fabric made the background and the skirt. Then I added some flowers I had drawn and colored which I may use in my nature journal: "A Year by the Klamath River. Lastly I wrote on the figure, in pencil and pen and shrunk it 80%. I thought I might have a red-tailed hawk, (my favorite bird), flying away from the dancers hands but decided to stop here! I still might add the hawk later. We actually have a hawk who has her nest in the pines above our house. It stays in the winter and has a sad but lovely call.
My friend and publisher, Fay Malloy visited me from Fremont Garden Press last weekend and we worked on one of many mock-ups for my book. She is a delightful woman who also loves birds and I have a list of things to draw or re-write. This is a photo of us working...
I have also been having some lovely chats, via email, with my brother, Greg, who moved to France a few years ago with his wife, Cathy. My girlfriend Anna, and I are planning a trip to see them this summer! They live in the Dordogne region and are building a house, completely environmentally friendly. When I get his website I will put it here.
This is Grego, as they call him in his little villiage in France. The picture was taken when he was married in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon. I have more images of this beautiful day in my photo album: Friends and Family. It was a bittersweet time for us, as we had just learned of my mothers cancer.
I will end this entry with wishes of a speedy arrival of spring to all, wherever you live!
This is the self portrait I am submitting for a self portrait challenge SPC, ispired by the color Blue. For the poet Wallace Stevens, who inspired me, this color symbolizes imagination. In my portrait I am dancing with a shimmery blue shawl. There are no limits to imagination!
I got a wonderful valentine surprise today! Maralena at Mcdc3s just gave me the "You Make My Day" award! She is an inspiring artist and her blog is always full of exciting projects and intriguing art! Thank you so much Maralena for the wonderful award!
The rules for the "You Make My Day" award are to re-present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blog land. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.