Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I am finally able to have someone help me post. My pieces this year are a theme. I am a recovering alcoholic. I have 14 years of sobriety. This year I decided to focus on a line I really love that is in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous On page 66. It says that when harboring feelings of anger and resentment we block ourselves from the "Sunlight of the Spirit". So I am doing my pieces an things that I feel gratitude or appreciation for. I hope that this in turn will encourage me to feel more peaceful within.

This is my September piece. My husband and I went to Yellowstone and I was just in awe of its beauty...I found this piece of hand dyed silk in my stash and it reminded me of yellowstone. So off I went with my theme. Im really happy with it. I found myself feeling excited to work on it each day. .




Below is my October piece. We took my motherin law on a long drive of the leaves 2 weeks ago and it was so beautiful. The reds were spectacular. Ferne was just so thrilled to see the beauty on a sunny day. The sun filtered through them. I have found that hearing her reactions to things I take for granted helps me appreciate them. I learn a lot from her. She is 91 and fairly housebound so she loves getting out with us to see even the every day of the world. This is why I decided to work with only autumn colors. There isnt really a shape to it but it did turn out to resemble a cottonwood leaf. Funny how that works.





This is a piece I did for my sister Wendy.

My sister wanted me to do three pieces for her. This is it finished and I backed it on a piece of wet felting that just asked for it. So here it is finished.



7 comments:

Robin said...

Oh Julie, Julie, Julie!!!! I am so excited to see these pieces and the close-ups for my vieweing pleasure! I'm especially in awe of how you captured Yellowstone! I could just do this
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rather than try to come up with words, eh? It's very special to me that you took Mom for a drive to see the fall colors and then put the memory of the colors, the experience that day and Mom all into your October piece. Very special! I can't wait to see them in person!

KV said...

Wow! Double wow!! These are wonderful pieces, Julie . . .


Kathy V in NM

beadbabe49 said...

I'm so glad you are able to post photos again...I love the colors and the stories behind the work as well! (and this month celebrates my 17th year of sobriety...I love the quote from the big book you mentioned)

pam T said...

Julie - very, very nice! I really love all your art; you seem to bead from your heart...
I was always in awe of your pieces last year, and this year promises more of the same!

heidibeads said...

I spent a long time on you blog Julie! There is so much eye candy to look at. I really enjoyed my visit. Yellowstone was captured so well. I remember visiting there as a child (long time ago) and your piece brought back lots of really good memories - thank you and please keep beading. It's so much fun to look at. Thanks

purplepaint said...

Julie - your work is awesome!!!! I love all those beads, just beautiful! Thank you so much for your nice comments on my Nov BJP. :) Marva

Mountain Salt Studio said...

All of your pieces are so wonderful - I want to hold them in my hands.

Diane