“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

7.30.2008

The hand that raised me

My handprint painting is under way. This is a shot of my mother's hand after she plunked it down on the canvas. I am so loving this photo. I am also loving the painting - right now it has 3 handprints & one cat paw print - for which I received a gashed knee, and which is making me rethink the other cats I'd like to participate.

The in-progress painting is propped against the wall in my living room & I can't stop smiling when I look at it.

26 comments:

  1. This looks great. I can't wait to see the finished piece.

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  2. Julie - it's pretty cool, huh? I wish I could take credit it for it, but I didn't even notice. She just held her hand up to me & said "Look!". I said let me get my camera.

    WUL - I'm antsy myself for it be finished, but I have to wait on people, so it's gonna be another 10 days or so. But I'm loving it already. Of course, it's so easy & all - maybe that's the reason! LOL!

    :) Debi

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  3. I'm sitting here grinning. Makes ME smile too! Awesome!

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  4. Paula - What's really strange is how similar my handprint is to my mother's. And there's no way I can look at the painting & forget the cat incident. I'll tell more about THAT when I post the final thing.

    So you must be back from your wonderful vacation. You lucky dog you. LOL! Glad you made it home safe & sound.

    :) Debi

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  5. Debi, I'm so excited about this project and looking forward to seeing what you are going to do. I just love the beginning hand print. What a treasure. What a wonderful idea! You always come up with such great art.
    Cookie

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  6. Very cool idea! I think if your family has dogs, they might be more into this than the cats... You could do dog nose prints! We have cats, and one is sweet as sugarcane until we want to do something with his paws, like cut his claws, or examine between the pads. Then he becomes a flailing biting growling creature we don't recognize. More like a wolverine on too much caffeine, with a firecracker up his...

    Of course a wild flailing paint-dipped cat could add visual interest to the painting (it sounds like it's already added special memories), as long as you're wearing a kevlar suit. And you perform the operation outside, or after wrapping the entire interior of the house in drop cloth.

    The more I think about this the more interesting it becomes... and expensive...

    Can't wait to hear all the upcoming stories.

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  7. It reminds me of one of those photos that you see from space of the earth and city lights and streets all connected. Awesome

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  8. YOu and the cats could do some performance art?

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  9. After my little adrenaline rush last night while I was commenting on your last post, I completely forgot about this one!

    What an amazing picture...all of those interesting lines. I can almost hear the creative energy waves flowing around you! (Do I sound like a hippie?)

    Can't wait to see what you do with this wonderful idea.

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  10. Emma, hello again. My dear ginger cat named Moshi died two years ago-he was about 16 (a rescue cat) and a really wise gentleman. We now have two cats, who we got at the same time. (They're not related, and don't even like each other much, but they were in the same cattery for rescues.) Jane is completely white ; Petal is a dark brindled tortoiseshell with attitude. Apparently, all tortoiseshells have attitude.

    I'm going to read about Bob now.

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  11. Oh, this makes me smile! It's truly a beautiful thing you've got going here...I can't wait to see how it all turns out. :)

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  12. oh fabulous! this sounds like a low angst art piece which is a blessing since you have to endure injuries and fit throwing in the process. i simply love your mother's hand! i just posted my comment on your intro to hand paintings posted and when you were wondering 'out loud' if your mom would shuush you out the door without her hand print i thought "somehow i don't think it will go like that." the 75 things post gave me a little snapshot of her and i kinda knew she would do it. the cats....well i cannot speak for cats. they are not easily talked into anything. i have an extremely amusing tale about "how to give a cat a pill" that i should dig up and send you. you will cry and pee at the same time with laughing and hooting:)

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  13. what a fabulous idea...I can just imagine that painted in psychedelic colors and such like...

    love it!

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  14. Thinking about it makes me smile and thinking about the flying brave girl makes me happy.

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  15. Cookie - 5 handprints & 1 pawprint down - 9 handprints & hopefully at least 2 pawprints more. We'll see! :)

    Steve - Boy, that is a GREAT description of my mom's cat. She's not sweet as sugarcane even on a good day. Neither is my Maggie, who is the main reason for this painting. I'm hoping in the calm of my house she & I will be able to reach a compromise. I don't know. There ARE dogs in the family, but none in my immediate summer, and this is about the summer of 08, so they'll have to be another project. The noseprint idea sounds funny!

    :) Debi

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  16. Carol - it DOES! That's so cool! I love that. Thanks!

    :) Debi

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  17. Robin - my mother was CRAZY about the idea, and wishing we'd started doing it years ago. I've told everyone they get to choose how they put their hand down, but I chose which spot my mother had to use. She REALLY thought about it & decided fairly quickly how it would go. Ditto Michael. Ditto his 2 grandkids. It's fun to watch someone make that decision.

    And PS - I read the email you sent about pilling a cat, and it's so TRUE!!! It makes you want to cry when the vet hands you a bottle of pills! :)

    Love, Debi

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  18. Jaime - I'd've loved to've had a photo of the energy waves shooting out of YOU after the earthquake! I'm glad everything's okay! Anyway, I believe in all that energy wave stuff, so it's okay with me if you sound like a hippie. :)

    Take care.
    Debi

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  19. Panther - you may be right. Bob was white with a couple of vanilla markings & nothing bothered him. He loved everyone & was calm, cool & collected. EVERY tabby or tortoiseshell or similarly marked cat I've dealt with is not. They DO have attitude.

    I hope you found the Bob story. He was one of a kind.

    Thanks for checking back in.
    Debi

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  20. Enchanted - Thanks so much. I've had to laugh at myself hauling this canvas around from work to home to my mother's house, with a brush & jar of paint in my hand. We got 2 of the 3 kids hands today & it continues to make me happier & happier.

    :) Debi

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  21. Linda - I think that's so cool that you see it so totally different than I. Mary wanted purple & I said "no purple" - this goes in my house in the colors (or non-colors) I love. She just laughed. I may paint a teeny purple flower in her square. We'll see.

    My mother's hand in psychedlic colors would be very 60s, wouldn't it? Glow in the dark paint, black light? That would be fun. OH!! That reminds me of a story about a tree in Mexico City. OH!!! This stuff is better than therapy - sorry Robin! I'm gonna write a post about that tree & that little visit. Cool! Just gotta figure out an illustration for it.

    :) Debi

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  22. Helena - You know, I DO feel brave & very confident when I'm traveling with this canvas from here to there, forcing people to give me their handprints. Hmmmm, wonder why that is? Because I don't think it's art? Cause it's just for me? Gotta think about that!

    :) Debi

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  23. Debi, I did find the story of Bob. What a sweetie.An animal dying is so sad, and yet what joy they bring to our lives ! When Moshi died I realized that he had touched MANY lives, not just those of us, his immediate family.

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  24. Panther - I, like everyone else, always swear, never again. It's too painful. But like everyone else, I always allow a new animal into my life. I think it's really a tribute to the animal(s) that came before. Had they not made my (your) life feel so blessed, so full, you wouldn't even want to go through it all again.

    Take care.
    Debi

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