I very much like the contrast of the monochrome simplicity with the abundant wild colour. Also, your choice of items and the balance in how you've placed them.
I love the warm reds and oranges. (My colour preference is changing with age, and is surprising me. Have you experienced this, Freda and Freda's friends?)
P.S. I know that, in a painting of muted colours, often there is a touch of a 'rogue' vibrant colour to enliven the piece. Interestingly, in yours, a 'rogue' cool blue bowl, amongst the vibrant 'warms', cross-linked with the blue in the flower-card.
I can't believe I used to not like yellow - now a great favourite. The reds and oranges (apart from that candle) are unusual for me and I had to go looking for those. The plate was my mother's. Every single thing there has a memory, a story, an association. Abundant joy.
I think you must be an artist Susan?
Not 'officially' an artist, Freda.
But, I'm very interested in design, particularly 3D design, how things are placed, and the spaces between & around.
Colours and how they sit together, are a joy for me.
So, I do design things around the house, and I tailor and paint.
Your blog posts give me new ideas in these respects. Love, Susan
Ok! I will be honest, Freda...when i first saw this photo, i thought: Freda has lost it! This is way too cluttered for her style! But as i read your comments and susan’s, and took the time to enlarge the photo and examine it in detail, i began to see how well it worked together..and then you added meaning: “every single item has a memory.” It makes sense and it is surprisingly attractive to me now! I often feel this way at an art show as well. It is only after i get up close and really LOOK, and take the time to absorb the energy of the piece that i can truly appreciate it. You’ve created a focused shelf that is meaningful and lively! I wonder if this could have happened without you first clearing out the clutter?
How well you know me Julia! You will be amused to know that I had to clear all the other surfaces in the room to only one object on each to be able to take this 'cluttered' collection! Clutter clearing refines your eye and your sensibilities. I am sure you have found the same.
I've read that in Native American lore the symbolic meaning of the Raven describes it as a creature of metamorphosis; it symbolizes change/transformation. So how perfect that you staged this etching among symbols of changes for you. Juxtaposing wonderful memories of the past with new ideas and new colours. xo
How wonderful about the raven! I did not know that. How very apt. I refound it when sorting through the work by other artists that i own and it reminded me of 'my' crow. My mother, four good friends, a visit to York and to Tate Modern, and a tribute to Charles Rennie Mackintosh (and Barry who gave me the card) are all there in this collection. A 'shelf of my life' as Julia said recently. Thanks Mary..
Thrilling juxtapositions. I really like this.
Simply Bin It
Simply Do A Good Deed
Simply Get Rid
Simply Low Maintenance
Simply Seeing.. Or Not
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)All words and images copyright Freda Waldapfel 2010 - 2019
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