Sunday, 3 July 2016

in between the rains.....

After yet again a surprising amount of water had fallen from the Summer skies within the spate of less than ten minutes, all of a sudden they were again a clear blue dotted with white cotton balls, convincingly offering the promise of a dry spell, surely lasting long enough for a morning stroll in the woods. And so it was we, that is to say Django and I, were lured out of the house and started off on our morning walk, believing we could indeed outwalk the next deluge. I glanced up every now and then wishing the distant heavenly grey tones would not rush in our direction. However, after roughly half an hour we found ourselves caught in the midst of a modest but persistent downpour: within minutes we were soaked and what with the humid, warm air it felt like wandering in nature's shower, leading to fanatasies of walking about through the woods naked and misconceptions about how nature herself was concerned with our personal hygiene. 



just before it started raining.

Very close to home, I finally picked up the dead mole I had spotted about a week ago; doesn't smell badly anymore, it's just very wet indeed and needs to dry before presenting him to the OldBirdKing. What struck me first were the tiny powerful fingers, how large they are in comparison to the rest of the animal. 


 How both seem to be clasping, the dead flattened mole above and the sunflower all folded up after blooming brightly below, how because this holding of hands is one of my thought-threads, I seem to be seeing them everywhere; I want the earth mother and her mate to be holding hands in My World and so I have been thinking about how I am going to sew this a lot, have actually sewn them and cut the embroidery away several times as it wasn't to my liking





 the heavenly bodies have been painted blue and green, I'm not sure why these colours exactly, most likely because they are my favourites and they echo the blue of the river above, not sure where all this is heading but I am pretty confident something good/important is happening......mixing the media






10 comments:

Mo Crow said...

such a beautiful reflection of your world, love the hands reminds me of this video of a passionfruit vine twining it's way
here's the link-
https://www.facebook.com/sms2everyone/videos/1955593126404/?pnref=story

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

haha, just watched this on fb

Ms. said...

Amusing thought about nature caring for our hygiene :--> and, oh, he real is so compelling---The sunflower wrapped around that mole is deeply touching. And, your heavenly bodies, though delicate, seems ancient, perhaps it's the color. Reminds me a bit of Jungian drawings. Lovely visit.

Liz Ackert said...

I missed the earlier posts on this new cloth, which reminded me at first of cross stitched samplers and Pennsylvania Dutch frakturs depicting Adam & Eve, until I looked more closely. The encircled heads and intricately stitched lines, the orbs and earthy colors are fascinating. I hope you'll consider adding more close-up shots as there is much to love here.

Debbie said...

Beautiful colours and stitching in this cloth.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

Michelle, I probably wasn't clear enough, the sunflower is embracing itself: the soon-to-be-seeds, a promise of another life.....the mole is just clasping at himself, a small life cut off by an unknown misfortune, as I found him on a path, so not hidden down below where he would most likely have been safer.

Liz, they sound so interesting those Pennsylvania Dutch frakturs you mention, especially as they are somewhat Dutch, must google to find out more; of course there'll be more pics and close-ups for the hungry few.

thanks Debbie, there certainly is a lot of stitching going on.

Nancy said...

OBK shall be glad that you have again come upon a small creature, passed on, as an offering. The figures and stitching are so compelling. Seeing all of your green and hearing of downpours is so refreshing here in the world of brown. I always enjoy seeing what you are up to in your world.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

oh OBK can hardly wait, yet we have to make Holey Moley more or less presentable; and yes it IS green here and so full of life and the occasional small death

deemallon said...

something very good is happening, indeed!! so nice to see it unfolding

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

thx Dee