This weekend I got away on a little retreat, well really I was taking a class but I was alone for the six-hour car ride. I found myself thinking, praying and singing (very loudly and badly…) to pass the time. Of the little music I had with me this song was from one of the cd’s I listened to repeatedly, “hold me near” by Karla Adolphe/ enter the worship circle. It is based on one of my favorites, psalms 73.
Hold Me NearHold me near when I’m restless Hold me near when I’m bitter Hold me near when I”m rebellious Hold me near until the end Hold me near when my heart is broken Hold me near when I’m ignorant Hold me near when I am jealous Hold me near until the end But as for me my feet almost gave out I nearly sold my heart It’s good to be held by my Father it’s good to be where you are We are creating these theme/scripture paintings as one of the spring crafts for the women’s retreat. I just had to try it out ahead of time with some left over supplies I had at home and the lyrics from the song & psalm 73. I love reading into the phrase, it just has layers for me.
spring break whirl
swan geese chase
stripes versus solids
I have been wanting to try out some shibori designs and mix up a vat of indigo for sometime. I decided to test out some different tying techniques on cotton napkins. It took several tries to get the indigo dark enough but resulted in a new little set of six unique napkins and a new table runner! I threw in a few wooden beads for fun overnight and stung them on a natural leather cord to wear. Hummmm what to dye next…
I finished my vases in time… they didn’t make it to the gallery but this one made it to my table.
This afternoon I went to a community Good Friday service. What a sweet thing to see so many of our local churches and families worshiping together. We were able to walk there in the sunshine, as a family. I needed that, sunshine, walking, family, friendship, hymns, hope, and sacrificial savior.
Also today, I was able to catch up on a few pieces of “homework.” Using mishima technique I created these two raised tiles. A daffodil for friendship and Iris for hope. I can’t wait to see how these fire – I think I like using white clay.
Today I am using my ipad as a light box. (pressing VERY lightly with a mechanical pencil)
The sun is shining and I am diving into some projects from my clayer mishima class. I have a kiln to fire, that I have been putting off because I like to cram as many pieces as possible in it. Two half finished books, two rich bible studies, half baked meals, a dozen phone calls to make… and a slew of posts that are partially written in my drafts. My daughter had her spring concert last night, that I dragged her to in tears because she didn’t want “100 eyes” on her. We were overtaken by spring mud last week and this week a fresh blanket of snow to cover it all. The spring dance has arrived. I have been drawing slews of daffodils, iris, peonies, ferns, hacianths, and a whole swarm of butterflies. They will be awakening on fresh beds of white clay soon.