St Lucia, bearer of Light

Holidays can be lonely times for us fragile humans. In pondering some of those hardships, I painted Saint Lucia, bearer of light. And I encourage you to read some great thinking by Alain de Boton:

We’re often intensely lonely in our suffering. In an upbeat world which worships success, our miseries feel shameful. We’re not only sad, we’re sad at being the only ones that seem to be so. We need help in finding a sense of perspective and honour in some of our worst experiences.
We can’t remove suffering from life, but we can learn to suffer more successfully, that is, with less of a sense of persecution or an impression that we have unfairly been singled out for punishment. ‘Fernando Pessoa’ is a beautifully dark monumental work by Richard Serra, named after a Portuguese poet with a turn for lamentation (as he wrote: ‘Oh salty sea / how much of your salt is tears from Portugal.’)”

  

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Holiday mixed media & ee cummings

I’m eager to share some of my holiday projects this year! But first, a quaint, darling poem by ee cummings:

[little tree]

BY E. E. CUMMINGS
little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

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I’m busy flitting about making holiday this & that, planning our party (which involves lotsa latkes). I thought I’d share my latest projects, made mostly wood and paint:

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Facelift:

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I loved creating this next holiday “scene”. This project, by “Thoughts from Alice,” is her drawings of free downloads that you can cut out and add dollar-store LED lights, little trees and snowy effects to.

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I wish I had stencils. Instead, I rely on copying a stencil I like and a little luck…..

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Giant wooden snowflake (omg the angle cuts):

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That’s the new wood and mixed media projects this season. I love Pinterest for inspiration. But I really love Margie Romney-Aslett’s spark the event tutorials and also the 12 artsy ornaments of xmas, hosted by Christie Tomlinson.

Here’s some of my favorites from last year. Cigar boxes and antique ornaments:

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Whitest white flour ornaments that mom and I made:

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These are made with Modge podge and sewing antique music paper, from Margie Romney Aslett:

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This year’s mantel is rustic, old fashioned (in our terribly modern home~lol):

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I find this time of year gets better and better as I grow older, slower, wiser, and way more creative…Happy Holidays everyone!