Tuesday, August 24, 2010

finding balance


trinsch is right, it's totally therapeutic drawing feathers. during about a week without internet (ok, five and a half days, but still), i found myself painting a lot of them. the problem is that these little feathers just leap out onto the stone and i'm done with them so quickly, so i have to paint another one.  soon we'll have to return to the beach for more stones.


something just appeals about this juxtaposition - light and heavy, delicate and solid, cool and warmth. i think somehow it's about balance, finding harmony. i have one that i haven't photographed yet. i did it in teal and black on a rather dark stone, modeled on a feather we found in singapore last summer. and i've been carrying that one in my pocket. feeling the cool smoothness and the reassuring weight of it in my pocket when it all gets to be too much. i think the stones remind me of the weightier things...of what's important and the feathers remind me to take things more lightly, to float above it all. and the two together help me remember to try to keep it in balance. good reminders and exactly what i'm needing at the moment.

interesting how you find your way to these things exactly when you need them.

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i've done up quite a few of these and tho' i thought about putting them back on the beach,
i will be putting a few of them in my big cartel shop later this week.
as soon as the sun returns and i can get proper pictures.

little reminders about balance.
to carry in your pocket.

15 comments:

rayfamily said...

I love this especially those light blue feathers, they are so calming. Balance is a constant struggle for me, what a lovely idea!

Will said...

But can they fly? And tossing across pond doesn't count.

Ike

rxBambi said...

I like the one with the blue. what kind of paint are you using? Are you just free-handing them?

nacherluver said...

how very darling. thanks for sharing the link. heading there now.

mrs mediocrity said...

love them! we need little reminders like that, something tangible that makes us stop and think... they are beautiful. I am trying to find that balance, not there yet. But running (I know, I know) is the one thing that helps me keep my sanity. I wrote the other day that I love it because regardless of whether I fly or flounder, it reminds my of how incredibly alive I am.

Char said...

these are gorgeous...and i do love the idea of taking them back to the beach. i would love to see someone discover one and ponder what brought it there.

Erin Wallace said...

These are beautiful! And putting htem back on the beach - what a thrill it would be for the person that finds it! A beautiful gift indeed.

Kristina said...

Oh, these are so so beautiful!! You don't consider those proper photos? They're perfect!
I love the message, something we all need to be reminded of often I think!

julochka said...

hmm, i wonder if it looks blue b/c of my blue b/g...b/c those bottom feathers are white.

i will be putting some back on the beach, don't worry. :-)

kristina - no penny for them said...

wishing your lots of light things to come!

(your feather stones look beautiful.)

Tracy said...

Hello! I found my way here via Se'Lah's Necessary Room... Your feather stones are beautiful, Julcohka. They have a very "breahe, you are alive" feeling... wow... Your photography is beautiful. I love dabbling with a camera and lately joined Flickr. Happy Days :o)

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

The stones are very pretty--heavy and light at the same time...

Sammi said...

i think i might have to buy one of these. they are awesome.

stephanie said...

Those are really pretty! I like that idea a lot.

Deb said...

Lovely, lovely!