Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sunshine and Reading

I have been reading through You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. I will be reading the book more thoroughly with a group of on-line friends starting in January. Here's a paragraph I found particularly interesting
"Our breath is the most precious substance in our lives, and yet we totally take for granted when we exhale that our next breath will be there. If we did not take another breath, we would not last three minutes. Now if the Power that created us has given us enough breath to last as long as we shall live, can we not trust that everything else we need will also be supplied?"
Did a little art today. It felt so good to get back to it. I'm working on a series of three and I will work on all of them together. They are on square canvases 61cm x 61cm (24"x24"). I have formulated some ideas while getting ready for Christmas. You know those times when you are dying to do some artwork but Christmas chores come first. This time the inanimate objects are coffee cups or things related to the joys of drinking coffee. I'm trying something a little different and so have ruled up a 10cm (4") border and will do my usual layers on this section. The middle of the canvas I am planning to apply some stained tissue paper as the background and paint the inanimate objects over this. I stained some tissue paper today in various coffee shades and hopefully will start applying it to the canvas tomorrow.
The weather was glorious today. Not hot, just pleasantly sunny so I spent some time sitting in the garden reading. The birds were singing and Jack was happily munching on a bone. While waiting for some tissue paper to dry I had a cup of coffee in the courtyard and listened to the sound of the fountain in the fish pond. All seemed right in the world.


april said...

Good for you! I have the book, if I can find it again. It's underneath all this Christmas stuff somewhere. The coffee cup theme sounds so nice. And...relaxing in the garden. That's what I miss most in the winter i guess...the sound of the birds.

Laura said...

Oh Uta compared to the weather we are receiving today the sun sounds so far away... Lots of rain on top of the frozen ground and melting snow... Duck weather too early. so glad to hear you are back in the studio. Yes the christmas chours are done. but in a couple of week to pack up for another year. Can't wait to see them. all at the same time. Sound like the job I did with the Crows. I know I really had to let go of any critics in my brain and run with it. good luck lady

Doris said...

Good that the holiday has passed and pressures alleviated. What a wonderful series. Looking forward to their debut.

butterfly woman said...

If I close my eyes tight, I can imagine the rain outside is april showers, bringing may flowers. And one bird is chirping, oh that's the people's bird in a cage downstairs. Sigh! Well, I will be excited to see your next coffee cup work. Also great you're trying to do things a bit different. Will you be using that coffee ground technique Laura teaches? Does some cool things, I've heard. How nice we can recycle things into our artwork! Thanks for sharing Louise H. It seems just right for the next part of the journey!
Here's to 2009!