Friday, 30 November 2012

seeing

this is the actual apparatus the surgeon looked through into husband's eye; I am reassured he knows what he's doing (with his 14 years experience) and have let fear go

after the hospital a walk in the woods with the dog, breathing

it was a beautiful day

weaving self together

eye
had a wicker weaving class last evening: great for distraction and focus on something else; together with the teacher I managed to finish a small basket!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

eyes/ogen

nothing to do with art
today my husband and I spent most of the day in two different hospitals. Why? last evening D. suddenly couldn't see with his left eye, a haze had come over it.  He managed to drive to the hospital, he happened to be in town very nearby and after a couple of tests with a specialist, he rang me to come and collect him at the emergency unit. He wasn't able to drive, because he had to keep his head to one side, as the retina in his left eye had come loose. A friend drove his car back home. This morning we returned to the hospital and from there on to the Rotterdam Eye Hospital, 'things' were set in motion and we'll go back tomorrow for a talk with the surgeon and next week he'll have his operation.

I tried taking a photo of my eyes, but lack of light and simple phone-camera meant the flash flashed and it ended up looking like a 70-ies-party's-over-shot

Sunday, 25 November 2012

amsterdam

Hermes shopwindow decorations

we  were in Amsterdam this afternoon with a group of 8 women, a present for A. who recently turned 50; windowshopping took us to Momo, a Japanese restaurant, where I ordered sushi

from there we headed on to the Stedelijk Museum; here a leaf on the old part of the building; the museum had been closed for 8 years! for the building of a new part, nick-named the bathtub

Donald Judd

John Baldessari




we had a guided tour, reserved in advance, so no waiting in line for us! a very nice woman led us through the old and new parts of the museum

detail
in the new part: a huge three story high woven-wool wall hanging, woven by Dutch (carpet)firm Desso; I'm afraid i didn't write down the names of the two female artists, who designed this enormous piece.

detail

a poster wall

Picasso

art inspires!

hare and bird

work is slowing down, or should I say results are not forthcoming. Hazemannetje has been stitched onto frame-fabric

I want more of the top piece to become part of the frame, like the leaf here

the old bird-king will have a home in this drawer; I sawed off a bit to make it square and there will be a shelf part on top for dainty (port) glasses or maybe delicate tea cups (I don't know why it has to be so, I have always liked small cupboards) The gobelin-like fabric depicts knightly scenes, appropriate for the old King, the dark blue is curtain and sky with a moon of sorts, the rich, white fabric will be draped on his bed, a fourposter I still have to make.


Saturday, 24 November 2012

autumn mist

possibly favourite path in nearby woods

it's a quiet, moist day

medlar tree  and husband's  shed

Friday, 23 November 2012

autumn rain

it's raining hard.
before we went for a walk, I lit a fire in the studio


The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot's pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I've known her from an ample nation
Choose one;
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.


XIII, from 'The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson',  (Barnes&Noble, 2003)





looking at my world through a stone


p.s. if you're into printing, check out this video on holstee

Thursday, 22 November 2012

autumn shadows

shadow of tree-etching on frontdoor window


 two chunks destined for the woodburners in the house and studio, for now they remain safe from the flames; I often save the more interesting looking pieces for a while, until we run out ......and we want the heat only a log fire offers

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

autumn browns

fields to the left, woods on the right, between the two a low dike and a 'vliet' on one side, a 'sloot' on this side, facing east - as shown in the photo 

dog drinking from the same sloot, facing west

small oak growing alongside another sloot

where does the water end and land begin?

we are surrounded by water

the earth beneath my feet
autumn cloth gathering stitches

the story of life in a leaf


life in the sink

I noticed this seedling in the smaller kitchen sink this morning, whilst making coffee: where does this come from...perhaps from the soil in the plant pots I watered here the other day (looking at it this closely, I see I lack household skills)

Sunday, 18 November 2012

muddy dog

'griend' = osier/withy bed; these were planted for the wicker, which was used for basketweaving and wicker mats, used to reinforce dikes, and of course the wood was and is used for woodburners; these days the excess pulp is used for biomass-energy. Wicker mats are still used for dike reinforcement, however the    willows are planted in straight rows very close to each other, so you get long straight withies. An osier bed as shown in the photo, is maintained for the landscape culture and nature-value. The osier beds attract lots of wild life, such as pheasants (introduced here 2000 years ago by the Romans) roedeer, snipe, owls, hare, fieldmice and many insects. In the open flatlands they offer shelter and food, serve as a windbreak and are visually pleasant.

brambles

rosehips

roedeer tracks

our muddy dog loves a day like this, as it's our shoot; he's running back and forth all day long, forgetting his arthritis

'elfenbankje'


mallard, duck&drake


4 pheasants

unhatched pheasant's egg