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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Feeling Artsy

During the Christmas holiday, my husband took a few days off and we played tourist in our home town. One afternoon we went down to the IMAX to see the show on the Swiss Alps. We were late for one show and had a couple of hours to kill before the next one so we paid a visit to our downtown library. I don't go there often because we have branches closer to home and I can order any books I want. But one thing the main branch has is a plethora of magazines, including the Stampington publications.

Sitting there on that cold December or January day, I was inspired by Somerset Studios - the issue with the white cover and a star on it. And I had the idea of making a piece of art in a similar style, with squares of small collages. This is the result, something I started working on yesterday afternoon. I don't think it's quite finished yet, but I want to think about it and look at it a bit more.

Each small collage is based on a word taken from Psalm 37, one of my favourites and one included in my themed collage for 2009, seen here. The words on the tag in the library pocket in that collage are from Psalm 37.

Delight, Trust, Do good, Be still, Wait, Commit, Dwell, Cultivate, and Enjoy are the nine words on this collage. It's the biggest piece of artwork I've ever done and was so much fun. (It's a 20 x 24 inch canvas.) Each square is 3 inches.

I've pondered this project for 2 months, not a year like this one, my china cabinet. I guess I'm becoming more willing to risk trying something and not be so concerned about it not turning out the way I'd envisioned. Or maybe, thinking about things for a long time helps me to plan them out well so I can just move along and enjoy the process of creating.

So, I'll leave this on my dining room wall for a few days and see what else needs to be done to it.
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9 comments:

  1. I love it!
    Can't wait to see if you decide to change it or leave it 'as is'. I LOVE watching the creative process!

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  2. This project is so beautiful! I just keep looking at it and enjoy so many aspects of it. I think it is perfect as it is. Where will you display it?

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  3. I was just having a conversation at dinner tonight with my artistic husband, whereby we were discussing how a person will have an idea in their mind, whether it be concrete or vague, and how the actual journey of making the piece can be created instantly or evolve through a series of trial and error. He made the comment to me,of not being afraid to experiment. Your comments on the process of creating your callage seemed like it was a continuation of our discussion. Isn't it wonderful to have a creative mind. Life is so not boring.
    By the way, I like all of the texture and layering, as well as the written content of your piece.
    till later...
    Darlene

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  4. I love your new project and all of the textures you are using! Looking at your picture on the side of the tree and the water I figured you must be here on the PNW. I love Vancouver Island, BC! It is just so beautiful up there.

    Somerset Magazine is one of my favorites that I love to look at and dream about creating beautiful things.

    Lovely blog and I can't wait to visit more often!

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  5. Phyllis from CPA6:30 AM

    Lorrie - this piece is stunning! I am drawn in by the colors and then stop on each square and reflect on what they say. The composition is wonderful and the message is even better. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What a wonderful piece! And big! I didn't realize how big it was til reading your post, wow! I am so with you... I need not be concerned about how something will turn out. Just do it! So something gets done! lol (and I do plan things out for a long time) I think I have issues with commitment. lol!
    It's a lovely piece, Lorrie!
    Hugs,
    Shannon

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  7. I just love your creativity and style. Please stop by my blog to receive a Friendship Award from me. I wanted to let you know I have you listed as one of my favorite crafty blogs on my blog list and wanted to share this award with you for being a fellow blogger and friend.

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  8. Hi Lorrie
    Didn't know it was pillow theme day till I visited your site. My most recent post are patchy pillows I made for a client. I've taken a picture of them on my couch. I'm thinking I need to make a few for myself.

    I really like the toille heart buttoned pillow and it goes well sitting against the more tailored pillow.

    Have a nice day.
    Darlene

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  9. Your piece is absolutely beautifil! And if you hadn't explained the size of the sqaures, I would have thought they were inchies (but they are "thrinchies"! or "threenchies! haha)

    Lovely, lovely work!!!

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