lots of glass, wood and paper, some cloth, mixing my media
busy busy busy
life these days: clearing out our parents' home
driving back & forth
sorting thru the rooms, drawers, bags, clothing, shelves, stacks, attic,
cellar, shed, there are even ceramics on the balcony waiting to be saved from the elements....
they collected many objects, countless memories
they would have been married 60 years March 8 this year, my dad would have turned 90 last Friday, he wanted to
we want so much from life
only last week: snow hail freezing temperatures
we enjoyed an exciting walk together
several botched attempts adding up to a collection of stories-that-might-have-unfolded; mixed media in box frame I found in my dad's hobbyroom.
I also found lots of glass panes and other frames I can use
in the herb pot on the left I mixed 200 grams of my parents' ashes (100gr each) I
ordered gum Tragacanth and gum Arabic, so I could make my own watercolours using their ashes as pigment; above you see the dilutions diluting following instructions found on the internet, one has to wait 24 hours
Today I started mixing the ash with the gums, using a pestle and mortar, a gift from G!
I'll be making more for the exhibition in September
am now officially a member of WaardArt
although you can't find me there on the site just yet
after a first grinding of ash and gums a first attempt at painting with 'proper' paint, one may notice lots of grains still, so more grinding is needed
may your days be full
it's all good Marti, part of the cycle that makes up a life
do you wonder what you might want your own ashes to do?
no way had I thought of using their ashes like this Grace, it 'came' to me a couple of weeks ago when my sister and I went to collect my dad's urn, fortunately she agreed to my plan!
I always say I want to be buried next to Tungsten in our fields, but that isn't bodily possible, so they'll have to bury my ashes there with him....Tungsten'll be mainly bones now anyway so that's okay
Your mixed media work looks so interesting...I could sit for a long while just looking. The last pic, the cloth is really special.
It's nice to see you here doing and creating and traveling on...May the journey continue well for you and your siblings. xo
I look at us human beings, self included of course, always wanting and very (too?) busy
everything alive wants, everything alive eats something else alive, nature is insatiable and as we humans are part of nature, so are we, maybe one day I'll write a post on this
perhaps all my posts are an expression of this fact
(((welcome here my friend, on the journey we call Life)))
the first "real" ash painting ... like a carousel horse ... and I think of Don's uncle, who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11 ... he always said, "enjoy the ride"
'enjoy the ride' yes to that too Liz, it's so easy to forget in the humdrum of everyday life
keep up your good work!
Dee, the upheaval of late is ongoing, so much so it feels like 'normal'.....
maybe it is just that.....
was back in ancestral home;-) with my siblings last weekend, we had lots of fun together, we realise we are extremely fortunate as we hear many stories to the contrary; put two people in a room together-with-no-escape, there's bound to be an argument sooner or later....so far we have managed to agree on everything
remaining selves. Love that smile and red jumper!