Sunday, July 25, 2010

Shadows and nightmares and goodness too...

Do you ever feel out of sorts....hazy....a mere shadow of yourself? ~

Lately, I've been feeling like this. Maybe it's because I've been so busy. Or...maybe it's because I've been plagued by horrible nighmares. Nightmares that revolve around my mom during the time she was very sick, right before she passed away. Vivid, colorful, horrible, depressing, exhausting nightmares! They follow me all day.

Still, I find my way. Tugging in all the goodness I can find. Wrapping myself around the favorable fragrances of daylight...temporarily forgetting the deathly smorgasbord of my sleep.

Black and white, love and hate, day and night...contrasts ~ the good with the bad. As a rule, we must have some of both in order to appreciate our life to the fullest, yes? So, with that being said, let me also share with you some fabulous and dreamy "stuff" as well!

As some of you may already know, I have a collage hanging in an exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside California ~

I would never have participated in this event if it weren't for my friend, Shell~

We participated together and supported each other through the process ~

Shell is a fabulous and extremely versatile artist. She's a master with color, especially turquoise ~

The Curatorial was last Thursday and I actually won a free year's membership to the museum for my entire family. The curator has also asked me to consider teaching a class about ACEOs at the museum. How lovely to pass on my little bit of knowledge regarding small format art. To say the least, I am humbled!

After the conversation with the Curator regarding ACEOs, I realized that it's been well over a year since I created an ACEO, so I managed to get 2 done this week ~

Guardian of the Masquerade

Pansy's Dancer

Both of these originals can be found in Gerushia's Etsy Shop.

On the homefront, I've been dabbling about in the garden. I decided to plant some vegetables this year (oh my, they've grown since these photos were snapped) ~

Oh...and we lost an entire limb from our Nectarine tree~

There were lots of ripe Nectarines on that limb, but nothing went to waste~

I made a pie ~

and since I already had flour from head to toe (I'm a messy pie maker), I figured I may as well thaw some of my Boysenberries~

and make a berry pie as well ~

They were both so yummy and I feel blessed by the opportunity to offer such homemade goodness to my family.

Here in the oven of the Southern California desert, the days are so intensely hot, I find my way outdoors in the evening to enjoy the sunsets ~

and glowing night roses ~

In the yellow heat of the day, I find my way to the studio to daydream and imagine ~

and create little pieces of curiosity...playing with paints ~

dreaming up stories for my "characters" ~

Beyond the shadows and nightmares, there is light and dreams and hope. Sometimes it's obvious and glorious, and sometimes it's quiet, tucked away in our Everydays.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World


shell-rose creations said...

A beautiful blog post, Kim! Thank you so much for including me. You are in inspiration!


Kathy said...

I just lost my post...grrrr
I am so happy to get to know a bit about you and Shell. I can just imagine the two of you kickin around in Cali. Your art is beautiful Shell.

charlino said...

Love this place.

Jamie said...

Kim this post is poetry and inspiring and beautiful. I am so proud of you for putting your art in the exhibit and now look at you!! Teaching ACEOs at the museum!!!! And gardening and the pies!! Oh my, the pies look straight out of a cooking magazine. The only thing I have ever baked is a frozen lasagna;)

But this.

"Beyond the shadows and nightmares, there is light and dreams and hope. Sometimes it's obvious and glorious, and sometimes it's quiet, tucked away in our Everydays."

This so touched me sweetie. May I use it as one of my daily quotes? I will link it back here. I did not put any quotes on my last post because I could not find anything fitting the subject for me. But this is just beautiful.

We are going to be OK, Girl.
I know it!

Love, Jamie

Gerushia's New World said...

Hey Jamie:

Yep....I think we're both doing okay now! And...of course you can use my "quote". I'm so happy to know that it touched you.

Love to you my friend:

Amy said...

Love the yummy pies and the photo of the nectarines!! Oh and your art, of course!!

Amy said...

I forgot to say "Congratulations!!" on your art showing and the membership prize.
PS-I have sent you an email outside of the blog comments about nightmares.

shell-rose creations said...

Wow, Kathy, thank you so much! :)

vintage moon studio said...

Those gorgeous pies are works of art in themselves! Hope you are enjoying this wonderful summer... Deb