I just returned from an inspirational weekend in NH visiting my friend Michelle. We were delighted to have her as our guest blogger last week where she talked about her experience with this collaborative painting we worked on together. As you know we started it the last time she visited me and had agreed to look at it with fresh eyes when I visited her at her studio in NH. We made a few adjustments to tie the painting together and titled it, “Symphonies of our Souls” based on the found poem we created and incorporated into the piece. I am including the poem below (I had trouble getting a picture that wasn’t blurry for some reason! so sorry!)
The poem is about friendship and I just LOVE it….
Symphonies of our Souls
I recall and evening when the talk turned authentic
I laughed with delight life long friend
the thoughts we thought
affirmations of good
depth of feeling
simple pleasures and small indulgences
essential for our happiness
symphonies of our souls
On another note, I promised you an “after” photo of this stool. Isn’t it cute all sassy in red? I spray painted it a bright orange first then layered on the red making it a fun tomato color.
I sanded it down to distress it and like how the orange shows through and that the steps look worn and vintage.
I thought it would look good with this rug that I fell in love with.
I can’t wait to do some more decorating! And to think this little stool inspired me to try spray paint on this painting. I am realizing more and more how my love for decorating feeds into my art practice.
*original painting available HERE
I want to thank those of you who took the time for commenting on my Facebook page and my last blog post to help me come up with a title for this piece. When I got still and had time to reflect I found the title that resonated with me the most was “evolution of joy”. While painting it I thought about joy bubbling up from within each of us. It made me think about spring hidden below the earth’s surface waiting to burst with color, hope, renewal and joy. I think we all carry this joy within us and wish to share mine with you.