Excited, nervous… and looking forward to it.
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Finished the table top, triptych collage piece I was working on. Used a picture of my Mom, photocopies of her letters and poems, and lots of yellow rose pictures, petals, and colour to go with Shirley Wood’s poem, ‘Where Yellow Roses Grow’. It’s an art piece I created for myself but also to show what could be done in my upcoming “Visual Storytelling’ class at Port Moody Art Centre, BC. The September class won’t run (no one signed up), but maybe in November? More importantly though is having created a piece to celebrate Mom’s amazing creativity and spirit.
The base for the collage was created by taking a sturdy back board from a used up sketch book, cutting it in half and then one half into half again for the doors. As an art teacher I end up collecting quite a few from the work with students.
Back of the triptych with another of Mom’s poems (‘When’ see poem below) and more of the photocopied letters. The yellow leaf was a spontaneous addition which gives the feeling of a backbone or spine to the piece.
Tomorrow is an open house @ Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody BC. To prepare I’ve been working on a ‘Stories to Tell’ piece to showcase the mixed media,visual storytelling class for those aged 50+. (Mentioned in blog below) The work is to be a small, tabletop, triptych collage centering on my Mom, her poems, and a poignant series of letters she wrote to me in 1985. It’s a work in progress so for now I’ll simply post the picture of Mom I’m using in the collage along with her poem ‘WHEN’.
I’ll forget you when my heart no longer speaks your name
When Roses don’t need sunshine, and Violets don’t need rain
I’ll forget you when this world has no more need of love
When the Sun and moon and Stars no longer shine above
Until then —
I’ll just keep loving you, Tho it’s all in vain
It seems my heart just can’t let go –
Of the magic that’s your name!
© Shirley Ann Wood
Ever since I was a university student the idea of going to New York and seeing the galleries there seemed like an impossible dream. Finally went in June of this year and saw incredible work. Life changing. Me as a student at Mount A is juxtaposed with a painting by Kandinsky that I was particularity fond of and that I saw at the MET Art gallery.
When I was 12, I read Pollyanna and after that all I wanted for Christmas was prisms to hang in the window to make rainbows in my room. Mom tried to find them but no luck back then. Almost 20 years later, for my birthday, when I was grown and had children of my own, came this prism into my life, found by Mom. She never forgot, or never stopped looking. That’s the kind of Mom I have! Was thinking of this early yesterday when my kitchen was bathed in little rainbows early in the morning, all in thanks to a Mom’s love that never stops giving. Love my Mom!
Cleaning out and organizing in my galley art space today. Noticed that the sun is making shadows on the wall; rather like a subdued tonal kaleidoscope with subtle movements. This image I altered a bit in paint program to enhance it’s inherent painterly qualities. Photographing shadows is a simple exercise but very artistically satisfying. Enough of an art break for now. Time to get back to organizing!