Thursday, August 14, 2008

Art Unraveled Part 2

On Sunday we worked in our journals. Love the paper, the writing, the drawings, the individuality of the page. I just thrill to the various styles that emerge as we do the series of exercises together on the page. Then it becomes obvious that each one of us is our own person with our singular history and our individual way to doing things.

Once again, the photos struggle under the poor lighting which I did not notice until I got home. The faces were a favorite of mine and each one was unique.

There were a couple of writing prompts although the focus was on the backgrounds and cursive styles.

We talked about our machined culture and how hand made things from the heart were so deeply human and satisfying.

We chose papers from our kits and from our personal stashes and combined them in our own ways. We tried out a variety of paint application techniques.

We worked in a variety of hand made and re-purposed books.

We discussed the beauty of old things, worn things, objects that have seen the passage of time and how beautiful those things are.

We talked about the beauty of the imperfect, the old, the broken. About the sincere, small, humble moments in life.

And I took a photograph of Ada's magnificent Buddha tatoo. One of the most beautiful tatoos I've ever seen.

I met many new friends but only came home with one picture; the lovely and talented Alma Stoller.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, John had gone online and taught himself how to make salad rolls with a number of different dipping sauces. On my return he made them for me. Wow, are they ever beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.

The blue flowers are Borage (always covered with hundreds of honeybees in our garden) and he put thinly sliced strawberries inside too along with lots of Mrs. Burns' Lemon Basil, cucumber slices, chopped peanuts, cabbage, onion, carrots and a sauce of soy, ginger, green onion, and hot pepper.

Followed by icy gin and tonics.

Life is good.

Thank you to Linda and all the beautiful souls with whom I crossed paths at Art Unraveled. My heart is filled completely by the memory of your faces and the sound of your laughter. It was perfect in every way.


bridgette said...

hi judy! I put my registration for the raevn's nest retreat in the mail today...looks like i'll be seeing you in WI in October! yay!

Kelly said...

it all sounds perfect! the books look wonderful. the picture of you and alma is so lovely. she's such a sweet and talented girl. and those salad rolls look good enough to paint! jesse's class was awesome!

John G. said...

The journal work is great.
Those salad rolls look amazing!

Candace said...

Once again, I am thrilled to visit here and see what's up on the opposite side of the (art) country. Those journals... Wow.

And the beautiful borage showing through those tranlucent rolls, just lovely.

Thanks for sharing, Judy!

Mining4Soul said...

I can't wait to see how the tara journal pages turn out! I am still living off the high of being in your class- I had so much fun! xoxo

Shawn Borror said...

I just love love your pages and am so happy when you are able to post some pictures of them. Thanks for sharing. Any thoughts of a workshop in Florida??

Ro Bruhn said...

Beautiful pages and beautiful food, your colour passion appears to be rubbing off on your husband.

kate said...

Very interesting work all around. And those salad rolls are works of art in themselves.

Heather, said...

oh my goodnes...every image is AMAZING! (poor lighting or not)
and those salad rolls look yummy!.!
xo heather

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

That man of yours!! what beautiful salad rolls, almost too pretty to eat.

What a lovely homecoming. He must miss you so when you are away.

xo Rella

mary ann said...

good to come by and fill up on your luscious spread you've laid out here. YUM
enjoying every bite.

Maija said...

I sure missed spending time with you, Judy! I only got to see you for a few brief minutes- not enough after a year!! I'll be attending Art Fest in 09, so I will see more of you then.
I ADORE Alma- just met her when she taught at the Ar tNest- she is such a loving person. John rocks- those salad rolls look to die for!

Loretta said...

O la la! Your background is tres jolie!

I am SO making those summer rolls! Tho I don't have any borage - think nasturtiums will do?

Anonymous said...

Oh there is so much to comment on, but the freedom and color of your journals look so joyful, they make me smile...

AscenderRisesAbove said...

visiting from the pulse; enjoyed my visit today with the wide variety of expression

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