Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Little Video...and Trees

(BEFORE HITTING PLAY...scroll down and hit pause on the playlist (||) - bottom right).

For some reason, this really hit me a little more than I expected. It's a short film that my sister forwarded to me. I thought it would be applicable to post it here, since...well...just watch it. It moved me to at least update my blog!

Maybe the film wouldn't have made the same impression if I stayed inside all day, rather than going outside to face the heat of the NC summer. I spent the early evening pruning our crape myrtle trees and really taking time to see the beauty of the trunks...don't get me started on "crape murder" trend around here. (Trees are my absolute favorite thing in nature.) Trees are just so gorgeous that I have to force myself to trim them. (I like them au naturel). I love how the bark on the crape myrtle trees peel away the outer layer of the muscular branches, exposing the orange-ish color of the new bark. I love it. I pruned many good sized branches and kept trying to give them to my 4 year old as walking sticks, but he quickly got bored with them. I thought to somehow incorporate the twisty branches into my art...but I'm a 2 dimensional artist and have a hard time thinking in terms of 3 dimensional sculptures. Maybe I can create a cool frame or something with them. I can't just burn them/throw them in the woods/have them shredded/etc...what to do, what to do...

Anyway, after spending so much time outside tonight inspecting my beautiful trees (I mean, I sat down on the ground for quite some time just staring at these trees with their multi-trunks coming up from the ground, twisting this way and that, and finally drooping down with the weight of their flowers), that seeing that film makes me realize that there are people out there that are unable to see the beauty of the simple things in life...blind or sighted.

Tomorrow, maybe I'll do some sketches of some trees.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Added a Playlist

It always startles me when I open a website and hear music. However, I was checking out other blogs and came across one with the greatest upbeat music, so...I added a playlist to mine!

The next Art&Soul artist opening is August 1st from 7:00 to 9:00 and will feature art from Hilary Latimer, Cydney Morel-Corton and Clare Steece-Julich.
As soon as I get some photos back of my newest piece, I'll post it. You're welcome to see it at Art&Soul Studios in Mebane!