“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

5.03.2009

A Flock of Seagulls, A Silver Bracelet

Headlights through the rain.

The rain maybe gone for now. Hopefully gone for now; outside, though, is still gray & green, but a paler shade of gray, with hints of sunlight behind the clouds. No actual sunlight, just a lightening of the day. A flock of seagulls flew past earlier, apparently blown off course by the storms, heading who knows where - to one of the nearby lakes, I assume. They were headed north, and the ocean is way south of us, so perhaps a rest at a bit of fresh water, then a turn around back to salt water. There were hundreds of them, which I admit made me smile - not a normal sight for us.

This pale gray outside echoes the palette I am immersed in, working on these paintings, these partial collages, these collaborations of photography, canvas, paint & paper. When there is sunshine outside, I feel calmed by these tones, these pearls & silvers & cool taupes, but I admit that to be surrounded by this grayness both inside & out is a tad depressing, making me almost grab a tube of bright aqua or even red & just start slathering the color on. Knowing that I will regret it if I give in to that urge stills my hand. Knowing that I have a time frame within which I must finish these pieces keeps me on track, keeps me from surrendering to the me-that-used-to-gesso-over-everything. No time for that now; it is a good lesson.

Visitors stopped by a few moments ago,
and I found myself watching their colors.
The silver of a bracelet
against a dark mahogany wrist particularly attracted me:
a beautiful pairing of colors.
When they left,
a flower with those colors
magically & mysteriously
appeared on one of my canvases.
funny how that works

6 comments:

  1. But this is so YOU Debi....always observing and finding hidden inspirations everywhere, seemingly out of nowhere. This is what makes your art so rich and so so beautiful.
    I wonder what that flower looks like? ;)

    xo

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  2. Hey, I stumbled across your blog and loved it. Your poems are very beautiful. All the poems I read left me feeling happy. Keep writing!

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  3. magical. enchanting. silvery magic.

    for a moment i stepped out of time.

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  4. nice shoot..., emm very nice!!
    ^^

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  5. oh yes the gray rain....my mind is happy it does not last long...love the image here!
    ...
    elk

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  6. It's a miracle, isn't it, how surroundings can inspire our moods, emotions and thus, our creativity...and our actions.

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