“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

5.26.2008

What it was & what I saw


I see things where they don't exist. Or do they? If I see them, are they not there? The top photo is what it was - peeling paint on a sidewalk. The bottom photo is what I saw when I glanced down. I saw a landscape - the tree was so obvious. And now part of the new Emma Tree header, because it suggests such possiblities, because it symbolizes seeing. There's a tulip hidden in the tiles of the bathroom here at work, there's an arrow in concrete pointing the way into my house, saying "you are here". There used to be a dog tree in my neighbor's back yard - I would lay in the hammock on summer nights & watch the top of his tree, shaped exactly like a dog, move with the breeze. Many nights he held the moon in his mouth. I have an old collage I made of that. Swallow the moon, I said.

19 comments:

  1. Gasp!!!
    This is purely magical. To see the world through your eyes would be full of serendipity and hidden surprises.
    I LOVE everything about this post...and your new header..so perfect!

    How are you and Maggie doing? I've been thinking about you all day.
    Hope you are finding a little peace.
    xoxo

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  2. hi--i found my way to you blog from rhayne...it's lovely! i really love the notion of seeing something other than what's really there and think that we all forget to often to do it. lovely pictures. you must be good with photoshop! :-)

    i'll definitely be back!
    /julie

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  3. Jaime - Today is "Cat Scan Day" as Robert is calling it. (It's really sonogram day, but he's trying to give me a little bit of a shoulder to lean on & a smile, although he may not know that's what he's doing.) It's at 2:00, and I am already sick. I've mentioned in other posts that I have an anxiety disorder, and medical stuff is one of my "triggers", so along with the normal fear and anxiety, I'm fighting a self-imposed additional anxiety. Right now I am thankful for a prescription that's allowing me to function. The before-hand worry, the "painting the tiger" is horrible. Right now Maggie seems fine, but she will NOT be happy when she's put into the cat carrier for more poking & prodding. It breaks my heart.

    Anyway, I am rambling. Thanks so much for asking about her.

    And Julochka - Thanks for stopping by & thanks for the kind comments. I'm really not that good with Photoshop - I do everything the way they tell you not to do it. It's funny because this weekend I looked at an "Advanced Photoshop" magazine, and everything was just so slick, so machine-like. I really felt no envy that they were using it correctly! LOL!

    Welcome!

    Debi

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  4. love this post. :)

    it's a gift to be able to see what isn't there, or is there but hiding.

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  5. I love how you used this in your banner - brilliant!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Warmly,
    Susan

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  7. Hi Debi - thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comments. I knew you must be a kindred spirit - we're both artists! Plus - after reading your blog and your reference to El Charro and the roses, I knew we must be "neighbors". It's nice to meet someone nearby. Best of luck to you with your art. I'll be thinking about you & kitty.
    Margo is a friend of mine, too - Take care - Vickie

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  8. Vickie, Margo, Susan & Bridgette - Thank you all so much for the good vibes!

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  9. i knew that header was new but i second guessed myself before i read this post. i like it! and i appreciate the reminder to go ahead and see what you see and not what everyone else sees. i am going to try and remember to do this today; seeing the images that are and then seeing the images that might be. i love the word 'possibilities'.
    your friend, bird tweet robin from down the road

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  10. Robin - Thanks for the thumbs up. I've been surprised by all the positive responses about the new header. Makes me think I done good!

    :)
    debi

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  11. So eloquently put! How do you do that?!
    I've been told that I see things too...

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  12. wow, what an inspiring post.
    the first thing i saw in that crumbling paint was the tee as well.
    found you through jaime

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  13. Someone once said that their goal is to "teach a thing its loveliness".

    I think you just did with your acknowledgment of that peeling paint.

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  14. Mermaid - I love that idea. To teach a thing its loveliness. What a wonderful thought. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Polona - Thanks also for stopping by, and thank you truly for the kind words. I hope you'll be back.
    I knew I wasn't the only one to "see things".

    Paula - You say you see things also. A true gift, don't you think?

    Thanks again to all!
    :) Debi

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  15. I'm curious about why you removed all of the "clouds"

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  16. Kip - Thanks so much for stopping by. Re: the clouds. Well, I saw them, but to be honest, I really only saw them after I started working on the tree. The tree was my original vision - it's what jumped out at me. When the clouds became visible, I gave a thought to leaving them there, but it wasn't what I'd seen, so I let them go. Had to remain true to my "artistic vision" (lol!) and all. What I really like is that YOU saw the clouds & they seemd part of the scene to you. I tend to like space around objects - I lived in southern AZ for most of my growing-up years, and I think I was quite influenced by the ability to see a long way into the distance. Anyway, I'm rambling. Suffice it to say that the clouds seemed to block my view. VERY interesting question - made me think this morning! :)

    Debi

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  17. I love the way you see things.

    I love that you share them with us.

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  18. Relyn- Thank you! I have been lurking at your blog for a little while now - aren't you the one with the Trailer Ahead Full of Sparkles photo? Which, by the way, I would pay actual money for a copy of (terrible grammar, I know). It's wonderful. Thanks for stopping by here - you can bet I'll continue to check your space out!

    Debi

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