Yesterday as Nils and I sat eating breakfast at the hotel in Portland, awaiting a shuttle to the airport, we looked at each other and both realized we didn't really want to go. Our motivation to go was for sun and warmth and being able to be outdoors, but the weather in San Diego has been just about the worst ever this week...torrential rains, gale-force winds, mud slides, coastal flooding, even tornadoes. So, two hours before our flight, we cancelled out, and thanks to charging on American Express, we got a full refund.
So we headed home (with a brief stop at the Goodwill bins where I did find a few lovely goodies for my art), gratefully unpacked and headed to the studio, relieved that we didn't go all that way to suffer through miserable weather. Yes, it will be cloudy and rainy here, but that's OK. We both love the comforts of our wonderful home and surroundings, so there is no sacrifice involved in the choice.
Interestingly, as soon as I unpacked my goodies from the bins, several found a place to go. So often, it seems that a work of art is just waiting for a certain object to show up and complete the piece, or at least move it forward.
The piece pictured today is one that is now in the Wild Woman show, and which was finished the day before jurying. It is entitled Wings #2.
Wings, metal bits, old alphabetical folder tabs, bottom decorative wood piece and clock hand all from the bins, key hanger from Jennifer, background board from Marlene, (you can tell I spend lots of materials, right?). Wooden "box" piece was from an old treadle sewing machine cabinet....part of the framework that held the drawers. Below is a detail of the piece.
Days are getting noticeably longer, the leaves of flower buds reach higher each day, and soon it will be time to plant the early cool-weather crops in the garden again. Must get the seed order in to Renee's Garden! (Fantastic and fun seeds. Order online.)
(Wings #2, copyright 2010 by Diane Lou. Photo by Diane Lou)
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