I adore these images from a marvelous article on the History Of The Color Wheel! They just sing with potential and cry out for creativity! Did you know that it was Sir Isaac Newton who created the first color wheel?
I'm off to the Castle today, to teach my Hand Reliquary Class! I thought I'd leave you with these truly delightful collages by Reetta Isotupa-Siltanen from Finland! I love her use of pattern, and the implied simplicity of her work! Truly delightful!!!
"When I got out of graduate school, I stopped Painting because it was overwhelming and because I couldn´t find myself in the material. But I also stopped because I was forcing myself to be a painter because I thought that was what my education had taught me. I realized I had accepted a lot of belief systems that were not necessarily mine. From then on, it was just a slow process of deconstructing this education and breaking things down to simple words. And 'beauty' was one of them.... I felt that I was part of a long tradition investigating what beauty is all about—the mystery of it, the elusiveness of it. So, I set out to understand what that word meant for me."
A Diary of Flowers - Above the Clouds, Jim Hodges, 1995, Ink on 100 napkins with pins.
"...a tangled diorama covered by a large bell jar... Inside, a lump of earth seemed to sustain a few examples of scraggly plant life, as well as a scattering of dead leaves and a couple of brightly coloured butterflies. Above it, a larger plant might have given the scene some shade were it not made entirely of clear glass. This strange form gives the lie to the rest of the construction: every element in the piece, from the pine needles to the ladybird that can be spied in the undergrowth, is realistically rendered in coloured glass... Its preciousness shouts down the melancholic echoes indicated in its title – one ghostly form rising up over other (differently) ghostly forms, all of which conjure some bucolic and cutesy illustration of a hedgerow wilderness that is itself a ghost of something that perhaps never existed."
One of the true pleasures of early Spring, is seeing so many beautiful bulbs pop up out of the ground! They remind me daily of the pleasure of small beauties, and warmth to come. How I would love to see a few bulbs like these amazing designs created by Emile Galle, via the wonderful blog Des Papillons...
Oona Patterson is a storyteller from Brighton, who creates magical scenes of silhouettes and paper-cuts to illustrate her tales. Delicate little figures cut from pages of old books, take on a life of their own as they flitter across an open book stage. A photo compilation of her book REAM can be purchased Here!
Thank you to everyone who has commented or emailed me about my DiZzY's! It's been disconcerting to say the least!!! I have an appointment with a specialist on the 28th, and hopefully will get some answers then...
Fortunately I have friends like dearest Lea who believe that I can dance even when I am feeling 'blue'... Just look at this oval treasure she recently gifted me with, I feel like I should be waving my gown at the Petit Trianon not the Danish Landscape you see me in above... She used a special 'transfer technique' that she learned from our mutual friend Marilyn Radzat and blogged about it HERE! I love my Dress! I love my Hat! I love my Mouche! And I love all the delicate details she wove into my essence! Thank you Lea for showing me that 'Dancing the Blues' can be beautiful!!!
"I am constrained to plant A grove, To entertain the maid I love, This ample grove I'm to compose, With nineteen trees in nine strait rows, In every row five trees must place, Or never expect to see her face."
If the lover can answer the puzzle, he will get to see his sweetheart... Tricky, I can't even figure it out - can you???