On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two Turtle Doves.
symbolism // The two Turtle Doves have symbolism in religious history as well as spiritual representation. The two turtle doves are thought to represent the Old and New Testaments. It is mentioned in the New Testament that two turtle doves are sacrificed for the Birth of Jesus, symbolic of the sacrifice Christ made by giving his life as payment for the sins of man, ultimately making them a sign of devoted love. Spiritually they are also said to signify the idea of duality, as doves are known to have mournful voices, the two turtle doves can represent love and loss.
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree!
symbolism // The Partridge is thought to represent the son of God and savior to the Christian world. A mother partridge will protect her nest by pretending to be injured to decoy a predator away from her chicks. She will even be willing to die for them. Most of the year partridges are found in small flocks but they begin to “pair” up in the winter. Two becoming one. This oneness begotten from the pairing of many is thought to represent supreme goodness.
This is the 12 days of Christmas countdown!
When I first set out to create this series I had just thought that the Twelve Days of Christmas was a silly nonsensical Christmas Carol. But as I started to do some more research it became obvious that things aren’t always what they seem. It’s easy to miss the meaning if you don’t take the time to stop and really listen.
Modern folklore claims that when you sing The Twelve Days of Christmas you are actually reciting an ancient secret catechims loaded with symbolic meaning to help catholic children learn their faith without risk of being persecuted or charged of witchcraft in 8th Century England.
Isn’t that totally fascinating!! I thought it was :) So with that tidbit of information I’m going to go ahead kickoff the countdown!!
I’m switching it up and trying something new, or old depending on how you look at it. The past couple of months I’ve been having the urge to do some work off of the computer. I spend way too much time behind a screen and I’ve been experienceing some serious neck and back pain. I think it’s my bodies way of telling me that I need to stop sitting for hours on end hunched over a computer.
Of course, it’s not until my body is screaming at me that I take the steps to make a change and overcome my anxiety of not being able to Command “Z” away any ‘mistakes’. Silly right? But sometimes I have to be pushed to the edge and forced to make a directional decision.
So I am working with traditional media again!!! I broke out all of my paper collage files that I’ve been carting around since college when collage was my medium of choice. And boy did it feel good!! I was pulling out magazine clipping that were from the 80’s! Crazy!
So this is the first lady in a series of 4. Summer.
This morning I just pressed the button and signed up for an 8 week class at The Potters’ Studio!!
This is totally outside of my comfort zone but I’m excited to learn something new and to just have the freedom to play!! I’ve had clay on my mind ever since I tried to do the kick wheel at Family Camp. This will be a 3 hour class on Friday mornings. A really nice chunk of time to sink in and learn, though I have to admit, I kind of feel like i’ll be playing hookie. BUT what a great way to invite in creativity before the weekend! I’ll be learning wheel throwing and handbuilding and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands dirty and having fun!!
I wanted to share with you this amazing commencement address that Neil Gaiman gave to the class of 2012 at my alma mater. How increadibly inspiring!!!
Rock on UArts for bringing in such great talent!!
Today was spent doing some background and pattern printing with the stamps that I made. I’m happy to say that I’m really pleased with the results. I even liked the way that the paper bags I putdown to protect the table surface looked and I have a feeling that it will wind up making it’s way into one of the background of one of my pieces. What a nice happy accident.
Oh my gosh how cool is this!!! A friend of mine shared this link and I just had to share too!
I’m totally one of those people that gets asked to take a step back when I’m examining a painting in a museum. Now I can get my nose as close as I’d like with the only risk being getting a few smug marks on my monitor. AND, how cool is this? You can see the paintings in infrared and x-ray too!!
Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece is the results of a research project to assess and record the paintings condition for conservation.
Remember those paint markers that I was lusting over. Well they just showed up at my door all the way from Hong Kong!!
And of course I just had to try them out :-)
So do you remember when I was drawing all of those birds. Well here’s what came out of all of those drawings. I think they came out super cute. What do you think?