Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Art Every Day, Saturday, January 26, 2013

Good Morning,

This morning I was pondering, as I have been for about a week now, the meaning of beauty. I watched a documentary on the painter/cartoonist/writer, Wayne White, last week and he finished off a lecture he was giving with the words, "Make beauty". All week I've been wondering what the hell that means.  Clearly what he considers beauty is different from what I consider beauty.  
Today's new piece is a bit of writing on the subject of beauty.  I simply layered some green dye painted batting with some yellow dyed silk then set on a piece of blue cotton and blue dye painted Lutradur.  I then stitched a flower in the blue area and cut away the excess from the edge of said flower.  Next, I stitched some sentiments in the background using matching thread.  I then finished the edge with some twisted, rainbow dyed rayon ribbon then went after the flower with the heat gun.  The bonus; the gun burned the silk! Yeah, I love the burned silk around the "damaged" flower.  Is it still beautiful? For me, there is no beauty without meaning and power.  This was a great exploration!
Till tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

Heck YEAH, it's still beautiful! In fact, to me, to be able to see the beauty in something that might be damaged, is what shows our compassion and understanding.

I love the soft feel of this piece- the colors and then the "damage" show as vulnerability. It's kind of a
"love me, warts and all" thing to me :)

What I love most is how the burned parts really show off the writing behind it. Now I am curious to do a piece and try to lightly burn it to see if I can really reveal what is written!