What I See: Duo
July has been sans blog posts; however, it was a month replete with gifts from the sea. Hubby and I found a duet of moon shells as we meandered in divergent paths at the water’s edge and then found one another again, each with a matching prize.
I‘ve also been re reading Art is a Way of Knowing by Pat B. Allen and engaging in the open studio practice during the breathing spaces in life. The following quote is from her chapter entitled: Knowing Sculpture:
“You have discovered sculpture if you have ever picked up a piece of driftwood or an oddly shaped stone. Something in your inner experience resonated with what you picked up with that particular stone. …Images that are necessary to us come in all sorts of ways, for the soul never tires of trying to make itself known.”
I enjoyed spending some time with the shells this morning, positioning them in various ways and distances from each other, noticing the light, the shadows, the ridges and the curves. The nuance of color is both subtle and dramatic on the surface of each shell. The same, but different. I like that there is not only an inside and an outside, but a channel or bridge that links the interior with the exterior, making me wonder what is enfolded within. Mysterious shells, invitations to contemplation and discovery. I like how you look resting on my husband’s drawing board, with the history of his energetic markings and smudges from past engagement with color that provides a backdrop for your beautiful, earthy tones. How funny, earth tones from the sea!I like how you feel in my hand, resting just so in the center of my palm, a round little house, fragile and strong, an oasis in time. Thank you for showing up.