I do love her dress and the collaged birdies. I love the slimness of her body-a state I hope to acheive again someday soon!
The very very best part for me is the last thing I do to a piece and that is the search for words. I have several shelves of old books reserved for cutting phrases. For this process I work by intuition, sometimes even uttering a prayer and closing my eyes as I reach for a book. Once the book is chosen, I quickly go through the book ripping out about 4 pages usually. I scan the pages waiting for words to jump out at me. Sometimes the words are just so right for the piece that it is a bit uncanny. With the two pieces I did last night it was this way. This fall-into-place, meant-to-be kind of thing. This piece says: the sun shining upon her golden hair until it made a halo around her, A pretty sight it was to see, the magic spell and infatuation, the young mother, looks into her heart, silent, listening, happy with truth, in tranquility.
One more canvas to go! I am debating frames...what do you think?
The next piece I made for a women I have not met. She is a friend of my friend Angela, one of my homeschool mommy friends. I listen as Angela speaks of her and her brave fight against cancer. I knew from the first moment that I wanted to make her something. All I knew is that I wanted it to convey a message of hope and of healing. I worked this time with a piece of wood. I will go back today and add those little metal feet to the bottom. And I am not convinced this piece is absolutely complete; I may go back today and play a bit more with it.
The first phrase clipping I did was "a message." I was so amazed, ecstatic when my eyes fell upon these two simple words. Perfect, I remembering thinking and sending up a prayer of thanks.
"Meanwhile a message of a hundred kindnesses came to the chamber of the Queen. It was received with great grace and thoughtfulness gratitude and love."
May your day be filled with the same---great grace, thoughtfulness, gratitude and love...