Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Gentle Blog and a Few Treasures

Good Morning My Dear Friends:

As some of you know, I decided to take the plunge and open a Facebook account last week. I have been spending some time over there in order to understand it all. It's hectic, flashy and confusing. So...that being said, let me also say ~ I Love My Blog!...I Need My Blog!

There is a gentleness here. A flow and calm that I have not found anywhere else...ever! This particular art-blogging community of like-minded souls is a tiny Heaven on earth ~ nicely wrapped in this electronic box we call the computer.

I know now that I will use Facebook to keep up with family and friends. I've even reconnected with my best friend from Elementary school, and after all these years, we have so very much in common that it's almost spooky. But, as far as my art and my artist friends are concerned, I'll stay right here, thank you very much!

~Now, onto my treasures~

As you well know by now, I adore all things rabbit-y. I love to use their heads in my art. I find them to be challenging because they truly are almost expressionless. Because I use them "anthropomorphically", I must bring personality into the rabbit/human creation. I find that the personality usually comes from a certain tilt of the head. Well....anyway, maybe you get my drift, maybe not. Ultimately, I LOVE rabbits...



The gentleman to the right with the dark hat is my Grandpa Watson. No one in the family knows who the other gentleman is. But have a look at the rabbit! Then...look closely and you'll see that my Grandpa has a bandaged finger. Could he have been bitten by the rabbit? What a curious photo! The thing is, even if my Grandpa wasn't in this picture, I would still love it. So, having it in the family makes it even that much better.

My cousin Danny has the hard copy of this cabinet photo. Until a few days ago, I had no idea that this photo existed. It is a treasure for sure. Danny has kindly sent this image to me and I intend to print it and hang it in my studio.

~This is something that I have wanted to share with you for a very long time...



When I was in first grade, I had a friend named Noha. I don't remember her last name, but I believe she was Arabic. She came into my school several months after the school year started and she spoke very little English. The teacher asked me if I would help her to learn some English words. So, I worked with Noha the best that I could, and she did learn to speak some English. As a thank you for helping her with her English, she gave me this beautiful Scarab ring...



As you can see, I do not clean it, as I don't want to damage it. A bit of the lacquer has already peeled off, so I am very gentle with it and only take it out of it's box when I get a hankering to have a peek. This is one of my treasures.

~The last treasure that I want to share with you today is a very special friend that I've had my entire life...



Can you see that he's so old he's gone blind? He's ever so tattered and he's come unstuffed a bit through the years...



I don't even know who gave this to me or who made it. He is stuffed with very old women's stockings! Isn't he adorable? When I was little, I dreamed that he was my very own real live monkey. My mom made a diaper for him with a hole for his tale. Now, the diaper is gone and he proudly sits in my family room.

Well, as you can plainly tell, I haven't much to blog about today, but I really wanted to be here, to tell you all how much I appreciate you and to find my calm, gentle world once again.

Kim
Gerushia's New World

13 comments:

NuminosityBeads said...

Hi Kim,
I certainly will visit you here as well as the hectic FB.
I was the opposite of you and started facebook quite a while back and just started up my blog recently. I have to say the blogging is more calm and slowly revealing than the quick quips of Facebook. I enjoy both. (I draw the line at twitter)
Thanks for sharing the photos. I recently got ahold of my husband's family's cabinet photos- better than the "instant ancestors" as they call them in the Maine antique stores.
Have a Merry!
Kim

Marie said...

Merry Christmas Kim!! HOpe it is chock full of blessings and love! I have had facebook for a while, and don't really know my way around it that well. I mostly have only used it to keep up with what's going on in my kid's lives! It's fun to be friends on there with you though! Love the rabbit picture. You are so lucky to have all these old photos of your family, and the well loved sock monkey! I have a lamb that is just as well loved. XXOO

Courtney Price said...

I agree about blogging... and everything here is my own choice. And I can monitor the comments and I don't have to read other people's passive aggressive rants... not to say that there's no good on facebook, but I like being able to choose my art world friends :)

La Dolce Vita said...

what fabulous treasures and stories! I way prefer my blog and the deep connections that I am making with all of my friends!

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Hope you had a great Christmas! Love the photo with your Grandpa, what a treasure. My hubby got a fb account, could never figure it out, so he deleted it! Hope you have better luck than he did. Hugs***Renea

6p00d83452478569e2 said...

I hope you had a very joyous and peaceful xmas Kim!
A beautiful post, and i fully agree with your thoughts about rabbits/anthropomorphism.

As for facebook, i still cannot get the hang of it, or understand why it is popular, but i shall remain there, of course:)

All the best!

Amy. said...

I adore the photo!!! How interesting that he didn't attempt to hide the bandaged finger for the sake of the photo. I like that. I am dying to know the reason for the bandaged finger!!

I think the stories about the monkey and the ring are both so wonderful.

I struggle endlessly with Facebook. My cousins all want me to do it but I love my blog far and above more than I know I could ever love FB.
Amy

jen said...

I LOVE your sock monkey! Your pictures are always so great too. There is just something about old pictures, isn't there? I wonder if someone will ever think that about our snapshots now!

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