It's a good first piece of a new year. New Year's is always kind of sad to me because I think of all the things I didn't do. I don't usually dwell on the past much, (if I try to ask myself, "what if" I very quickly hit a mental wall of "but that's not what happened (?confused?)" - I'm like a unicorn in this respect.) On New Year's though, I always feel a sense of a loss, as if the present is somehow shrinking.
|“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world|
but then I thought there are so many people in the world,
there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed
in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine
that she must be out there thinking of me too.
Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this
and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”
― Frida Kahlo
|I kept working on the wings|
|I find the feet poking out of the non-existent drapery funny|
|more sewing to make the flowers|
(pink and gold pattern wild roses)
|after looking at the photographs, I decided the yellow and green plant was wrong...|
|Now I think it needs more plants and creatures (put a bird in it ;))|
|Life imitating Art imitating Life? |
These are the flowers I picked out
for New Years - pink and sparkly
|I remembered that this was the cover |
of maybe my first "real" sketchbook
as a kid. When I looked it up, I was surprised
to learn that it's a 1947 collage by Matisse, "Icarus."
My question - But where are the wings?!
|a detail of the floor in the Siena cathedral The openness of the line drawing in the dress was inspired by the Mantegna tarot deck I was studying last week and also by the in the floor of the Siena cathedral|
|one of my pictures of Olana|
|Odilon Redon, "Ophelia," 1904|
more research - another favorite
This week included a visit from my lovely and smart friends Tammy and David. We made a visit to Olana, the artist Frederic Edwin Church's house. Even though it's in Hudson, (shamefully) I had never been. There was so much patterning, I got the "nauseous/ borderline-hyperventilating" feeling that I sometimes get when I'm very "art-happy" - Fun times!
|Mini "helping" me organize receipts|
|A friend helped me try out a new recipe |
-polka dot chocolate chip cookies
|new year - new haircolor|