If you looked at my wardrobe you might think otherwise~ It's a study in black and white with occasional pops of red. So let's head straight into the den~~ There's color out there! Really.
We have colorful, non-traditional pieces throughout our house. They're entertaining and often personally meaningful. Like this piece by artist Nancy S Drew whose work made us laugh till our sides hurt because it echoed a "let's see and do everything" vacation that Mr I scheduled for us many years ago!
Or, this Kent Ambler woodcut we saw at a Charleston, SC art festival two summers ago and couldn't resist. The print is fun, but the story behind the print was perfect. His neighbor, a retired farmer now living in the city, looked over the fence at Kent's bird feeders and declared, "Birds is like chickens. They eat n eat n eat." I was completely smitten and had to have it! All you chicken keepers out there in the blogdom might like the sentiment, even if the art doesn't appeal to you.
I do love colorful garden art
Snow makes a garden and the art stand out
I'm drawn to the monumental like Gaudi's mosaic creations, Sam Rodia's Watts Towers and Raymond Isidore's work La Maison Picassiette. Antoni Gaudi was a professionally trained architect whose works and vision were commissioned, but the story of the other two artists is a very different one~~Employed as unskilled laborers they were called to create with found objects. Every minute of their free time and extra income was devoted to their artistic vision. Their creations were larger then life, primitive and completely incredible to behold. I find their creativity, drive, and vision to be as remarkable as their works.
Mosaics call to me! I love them~the color, the textures, the process. It fascinating to see what people create from bits and pieces of glass, broken pottery, concrete, rebar or what ever else they might want to include. It's an exciting, vibrant medium. I love the big bold pieces like this wall from artists
Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth's mosaic book. Isn't it fun and just a little over the top! Seeing their work never fails to make me want to tile a brick wall on my patio!
Alas, I have no monumental art installations at C&L! If you've been inside Chez Cedar you might wonder how someone who's able to replace a wall with reclaimed doors from the principal's office of an old Catholic high school or who has floored her bedroom with 4'x4' cherry plywood tiles and her den in 4'x4' sheets of birch plywood laid like giant tile pieces or designed a metal fireplace surround with an asymmetrical mantle hasn't created a big, fun garden project.
I've made smaller mosaic pieces, a buffet top and have a glass on glass window on my front porch eave. But, my garden hasn't any mosaic installations! No pique assiette mosaics on a grand scale. I have never given myself permission to mosaic that patio wall or do a big fun piece. Fear of disapproval and it's partner conventionality have had way too much of a say!
Other then pops of purple, the bottle tree and colorful birdhouse this garden's color is almost completely from flowers!
In that delicious way the universe has of giving us opportunities to grow and learn~~Not being able to type has been a boon. It has given me a gift of time. Time to think about what matters most. Family, friends, gardening, health, blogging and growth....are all important. During this time, I've been reading and catching up on design blogs; mosaic books that I haven't looked at in years have found their way to my desk and to the night stand; project ideas are tickling my imagination. The drive to create, to make, to mosaic has been percolating. As soon as I can nip and cut tiles and glass I'll start on that Tree of Life glass on glass project that got shelved awhile ago. There's also a mosaic obelisk idea bubbling about...I'm thinking a trio sounds perfect. But I'll start with one! Maybe, that brick wall will get tiled!
One thing's for certain~this is a good way to celebrate my 2nd blogaversary and start a new year of blogging... Deepest thanks and appreciation to all of you for your continued support and friendship. You are a gift to me.