AEDM – Day 21 – Quickie

Art Every Day Month – Day 21 – Quickie

That’s what today’s post is.  A  quickie. (Wipe that smile off your face….)

I’m working on a copper ring which will eventually be similar to one I’ve already made.

copper ring-001

 

Eventually, it should become something like this -

copper ring 5

 

I am also designing a sterling silver brooch, or perhaps it will be a pendant.  I’m not sure yet. I’ve cut it.  It’s sitting there staring at me -

copper ring 3

I was hoping an angel or other loving entity would visit while I’m sleeping tonight and pass their magic wand over my hammers -

copper ring 2

I’ll post results when I have them.  In the meantime, tomorrow is “Firewalker”, a poem about the opposite of what you might be thinking.

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“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life

Rumi

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 until tomorrow…..

Namaste’

AEDM – Day 20 – Commitments

Art Every Day Month – Day 20 – Commitments

Still deciding where to hang certain art in my new place, my new art room, and how much of the old I really want to see, I’m weeding out and looking in.  I came across a series (3) of collages I did in 2002 when my husband and I met again after years passed and decided to make another commitment.  We went to grade school together, then to junior high school and one year of high school until he changed schools.  I loved him the first time I saw him, even before I understood what that meant.  He did not feel the same about me, which is something we laughed about repeatedly after we married.  I was a “nice girl” when I was young and he was a bad-ass, a force to be reckoned with, a beautiful young man with a street attitude.  But I saw something in him, wondering through the years how his life turned out.

When we met again later in life and caught up on years of missed opportunity – story after funny and tragic story – I made a few collages to try to capture how I’d felt about him, about our youth in a highly charged era and the locale where we’d first met and shared growing pains.  Reminiscing with certain people is magical and life affirming.  Reminiscing with someone you love is a spiritual adventure.

This is only the second time I’m seeing these collages since he died in 2005.  This one includes a simple poem I’d written many years before about becoming a woman, making love in the grass, being a co-conspirator with nature and all the wonderful times of exploration when we were all still unsure of who we were going to be.

I’m adding these to a list of art projects I want to revisit and develop further given that I have new experience and knowledge.  These photos are of “Upstate, A Hill” which includes the poem I mentioned above and is written below.  The mixed media in each of the collages includes time pieces, peace signs, cross images (we were all Catholic children), scrabble pieces and references to New York and, uh……sex and love which have inspired art for a millenium.

 

Upstate A Hill one-001

 

 

Upstate A Hill Four-001

 

Upstate A Hill Two-001

 

 

Upstate a hill

Rolled like a woman waking

A wordless touch upon her waist

The small of her back

While onion red barns burned holes in daybreak

To blue sighs and purple screams

Above her

Close and steamy on her green

We waltzed to the rhythm of her soul

 

© Jacqualine-marie baxman 2014

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“Looking at my life
I see that only Love
Has been my soul’s companion
From deep inside
My soul cries out:
Do not wait, surrender
For the sake of Love.

Rumi

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 until tomorrow…..

Namaste’

AEDM – Day 19 – Booster Shots

Art Every Day Month – Day 19 -Booster Shots

No art today.  I have some but it isn’t even photographable.  Not yet.  Tomorrow. I’ve had a truly busy day away from home.  However…………….I did commit to AEDM so here are a few booster shots for those off days when you just need a hug or smack in the butt.

First, a photo of an incredible sunset today as we drove home from Fresno, CA.  That’s really enough art of a kind and its original so I’m not officially cheating.  The photo is followed by some of my favorite booster shots. I’ve taken them from various points on the internet over time not knowing, of course, their origins.

Wed from fresno one-001

I know, I know a sunset, a sunset, a sunset – but aren’t they all grand? Those are grapes to the left in the photo. Not bad, I think, for 65 mph out of the passenger window.  It was a stroke of luck.

Here we go -

laughing     decisions

prove

Do things          Your friends

So, get out of your funk if you’re in one.  Do something silly and fun.  Make an online file of your own booster shots, perk up that heart of yours and be happy.  Don’t let anyone get you down. You’re here to be filled with joy.

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“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.

Rumi

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 until tomorrow…..

Namaste’

AEDM – Day 18 – Explorations

Art Every Day Month – Day 18 – Explorations

My day:

  • Awoke with headache
  • Two soft-boiled eggs, black decaf (sounds like a diet but I also had a chocolate chip(s) chaser)
  • Rummaged through my writing desk
  • Slugged through the morning in leopard flannel pajamas
  • Showered, plus all that peripheral stuff
  • Took a brisk walk, incognito in black work out clothes and a baseball hat.  Looked like a foreigner

I live in the country.  One direction down the road is farmland, rural.  The other direction goes toward town, fairly close by, perhaps 5 miles. I guess I could walk to town if so inclined.  When in shape, I can walk 3 miles but 5 is a bit much for me because then I’d have to walk back.  And, truly, I’m not inclined to do that even for health.  That’s why we have cars, so we can drive to the gym. Call me lazy. I’m fine walking locally with the cows and any chickens that might be loose along the road, but I’m not walking 10 miles for anyone.

Oh, yeah, the cows.  I live near a large dairy…

dairy cows

Yeah, tons of cows.  I couldn’t fit them all in the photo.

The rest of my day:

  • Lunch, a spinach salad with black olives, avocado and mushrooms…..okay, okay, I had a few more chocolate chips. They were organic
  • Rummaged through drawers of metal pieces and half done projects pretending to be organizing things
  • I spent time thinking. I do this a lot. I love to think and I think I thought my way out of a headache because suddenly it wasn’t there
  • Now what? I’m bored

Remember the automatic writing I mentioned in the Healers post?  Did it again.  I was thinking about gardens today and how I’d love to see one as opposed to the drought singed land in this area.  I had no real intention as to what I’d find in the writing (I find symbols, images, suggestions, pathways to walk down) but I had been thinking about flowers and seeds, souls and healing and I guess that’s what came through.  I love the abstract visions that appear in this process I do.  Here is today’s result……what I’ll call Healer’s Garden because much of what has been on my mind lately is how women are healers by nature and how the world will be saved by them.  No one else seems to be saving it.  It might as well be us.

There are women in the garden – sage and newly born goddesses, devising a plan, exchanging notes, maintaining and living in the garden – being the garden – teaching the rest of humanity.  It is what we should all do, no matter who we are.

trees two final

(These images are always viewed better in “zoom”……like many things in life.)

Please visit Leah Piken Kolidas @ Creative Every Day  to see what’s up with Art Every Day Month.  You can find Leah’s fabulous entries (she is the originator) along with a wonderfully diverse list of other bloggers participating.  Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy…….every day is a new piece of art, or a step in the process…

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The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
they’re in each other all along.

Rumi

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 until tomorrow…..

Namaste’

AEDM – Day 17 – Taking Stock

Art Every Day Month – Day 17 – Taking Stock

We are mid way in the Art Every Day Month November challenge.  I knew I needed this, to commit to posting something creative every day.  Basically, I’ve asked AEDM to be the loving parent, to find a way to pry me off of the floor, stand myself up and shout “I am an artist”.  (Damn.  That felt great!)

I’ve been taking stock of things for a long time, making headway of course, not just thinking – but it’s now time to remind myself of what I’ve accomplished in general for this month, for the year, the past few years……part of being in the moment is that you are not obsessing about being elsewhere and it is simply easy to forget what you’ve done.  I believe I’ve said this before in the blog.

Had a brief discussion today with a friend about rings.  That reminded me – several years ago I was making fine silver jewelry, mostly rings and pendants.  I will again, but night just now.  The photo below is of one of my split rings.  The split ring design began with a happy accident and moved into a fantastic application for me. I would not have set out to create this design.  It wasn’t my idea.  But it is what came through.  That issue of guides just keeps popping up.

The ring is fine silver, formed and then fused in a kiln.  You will see two roses, one on each side of a center split in the ring shank.  One rose has a sharp, extended leaf (intentional, since the original design idea was to create something for a woman to wear as she walked alone at night – use your imagination here).  The other rose has a leaf with a hole in it (also intentional) for realistic effect and because I’m personally not interested in making precision pieces.  I love the richness of hand-made.  The ring shank is decorated with leaf and petal imagery.  I’ve made several of these, some with 4 blooms and some with only one bloom on one side and all leaves on the other.  The ring you see here is a size 5.  This gives you an idea of the size of the roses.  They are delicate yet substantial. The benefit of the split ring designed in this manner?  There is just enough spring in these shanks to open ever so slightly when you put them on and take them off.  This creates comfort and, for people who have issues with swelling joints, etc., this is a lovely thing.

split rose ring collage

Please visit Leah Piken Kolidas @ Creative Every Day  to see what’s up with Art Every Day Month.  You can find Leah’s fabulous entries (she is the originator) along with a wonderfully diverse list of other bloggers participating.  Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy…….every day is a new piece of art, or a step in the process…

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“Only from your heart can you touch the sky.”

Rumi

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 until tomorrow…..

Namaste’

AEDM – Day 16 – Healers

Art Every Day Month – Day 16 – As mentioned in a previous post, it only takes one number to make a difference – one step forward, etc.  Likewise, it only takes one word, one look, one suggestion or person to send your mind in the right direction and change your life forever.

In Tammy Vitale‘s recent post, Raven Dreams A World, her first line is the following:  “If you make art long enough, you find themes.”  My head split open when I read it. So what the hell is the theme in my work, both my writing and my visual art?  I’ve been doing both for as long as I have memory. My answer, after reading and recollecting:  Transformation.  Healing.  I have a small tattoo which is the Kanji for Transform.  Transform  and Healing are the same word for me.  One transforms, becoming whole and pure in essence.  I spent much of late last night thinking about all of this. How could I interpret this visually since I’m looking for daily postings for the month of November. What will I come up with?

I decided to do my version of automatic writing to find what wants to be seen after all that ruminating (this always produces small images that wake up my sleeping visual brain).  My version is simply writing with a fine tip pen across a page as if I’m going to be profound but I don’t use an alphabet.  I sort of scribble, not with any intent of my own, fairly slowly.  Intent from elsewhere is the point.  Perhaps even from the guides I never see but have come to believe in. I draw a second line across the first, making sure only that I do not duplicate them.  Once I have the lines down on paper, I look for images in between the lines, the forms, the innuendos, the breakthroughs, altering line sizes on a software program and fine tuning it all until I have something that makes sense to me.

The digital art below is the result of this automatic writing.  Healers. Women healers being born.  I know in my soul these are female.  I know it as well as I know all things.  Golden souls.  The future.  I am inspired by Tammy Vitale‘s post, and now my digital art is inspiration for a future painting….one day….one day.

language healers born final

 

Please visit Leah Piken Kolidas @ Creative Every Day  to see what’s up with Art Every Day Month.  You can find Leah’s fabulous entries (she is the originator) along with a wonderfully diverse list of other bloggers participating.  Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy…….every day is a new piece of art, or a step in the process…

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“What in your life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned…
The lists laid aside, And the Wild Iris blooms
By itself In the dark forest…What still pulls on your soul?.”

Rumi

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 until tomorrow…..

Namaste’

AEDM – Day 15 – Jewelry

Art Every Day Month – Day 15 – Finally, jewelry.  Posting early so I can move onto the next project.  This is the piece I have been working on – sterling silver, fine silver (the top bar and the leaves, molded by hand and fired in a kiln/with a torch), hematite. The center disk has an initial stamped on it but I have covered that for the photo. One-of-a-kind. Done.

 

marissa new six-001

marissa new four-001

marissa new two-001

Please visit Leah Piken Kolidas @ Creative Every Day  to see what’s up with Art Every Day Month.  You can find Leah’s fabulous entries (she is the originator) along with a wonderfully diverse list of other bloggers participating.  Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy…….every day is a new piece of art, or a step in the process…

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““When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

Rumi

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 until tomorrow…..

Namaste’

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