Patti Edmon Altered Attic: June 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer



Summer sure has been slow in my world of art and blogging, but a little too fast paced in the cook/laundry/taxi service departments. My long-time pal, Judi, treated me to a much needed pedicure, just in time for our trip to Texas; I just hope the heat doesn't melt the nail lacquer!
Wishing you all wonderful days until I can get back - and visit your blogs! Leave me a note and let me know where you are and how you're spending your days! Back soon!

Monday, June 15, 2009

June 15, 1990



haiku

the separateness 
of our beings is bound by
the web of our love 

pe 6/09

Happy Anniversary!



During the few spare moments I had in early June, I slipped upstairs to the Altered Attic to make a card for my best friend, soul mate, and husband of 19 years (plus the 4 we spent together before finally making it official:) I thought it appropriate to post as a tribute to the best years of my life.  
Warning, following is a very sentimental recollection:
Jim proposed to me in March of 1990, in the manager's office of the custom jewelry store we'd wandered in to; when our eyes landed on an exquisite aquamarine accented by diamonds on both sides, we stopped. The sales person said it was an original design and, though we hadn't said 'marriage' out loud, when she asked if we'd like to see it, I tried it on; it was a perfect fit and we both knew.  The manager asked if we'd like to talk privately in his office, private in that it was separated from the store by a large glass window. We weren't in there long and when we turned to leave we saw all the store employees gathered, smiling. So, I never had to take it off, except for the few days when they designed a wedding band to fit the contours of the ring. Who says you can't plan a wedding in three months?!
How could I have known that these years would be as creative and original as the ring, that the journey would be a challenge but never boring. To say these nineteen years have been a fairy tale, well, there are always monsters and demons, the trials and obstacles that line the path to the happy ending...


Friday, June 12, 2009

Art on Stage


Anyone who has a daughter - or son - with a passion for performing arts understands the energy, dedication, aching feet, tears, exhaustion and adrenalin.... and then there were Alice's issues to cope with - ha. The past two weeks have revolved around the production and performance of Sleeping Beauty. I help with costumes and work backstage until the last performance, which I then enjoy with dh and my son and other friends and family. I could fill pages with the delight, pride and amazement at my daughter's growth, both as a dancer and a young lady. Quite simply, she blew me away.



This was her second performance en pointe and her grace and poise were stunning. These photos were taken at dress rehearsal by one of my best friends, who also happens to be a commercial photographer. I just finished writing the introduction for Jeff's second book of panoramic photographs, Kentucky Wide II. So, I haven't spent much time in the Altered Attic. But it has been worth every moment, especially due to the fact that, in addition to dancing the role of Lilac Attendant with the rest of her group, she had her first solo role.



I still haven't figured out why Little Red Riding Hood attends the wedding of Sleeping Beauty and the Prince, along with Puss and Boots and several other special guests, but this choreography was taken directly from the classical ballet, so, who am I to question?! She was quite nervous about dancing on stage solo, but we were all pleasantly surprised to find out that, in addition to dancing, she also shows great promise as an actress. (the drama at home should have been a clue). 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Me Hold



I found a board book at our local bookstore, part of the Rainbow Fish series; every page has a giant puzzle piece that pops out. And it was on the clearance table! Naturally I bought three:) It's really hard to find puzzles with pieces big enough to work with, so this was an incredible find! Like altering a board book, a bit of light sanding and gesso and it's the perfect substrate for a multitude of layers - paint, collage, more sanding, more paint, gel and adhesive... tough and thick enough to handle it all. I had a fabulous time making this, Hold Me, the fourth collage in the colors I've been working in - rich ochre and gold and yellows with green and hints of red. I think I'm ready to move on to a new palette, when I get studio time that is.

This piece is another for the Resilience Art workshop I'm taking, which, alas, I have fallen behind in, along with just about every other area of my life. Who doesn't have too much on their agenda? The last weeks of school mean a flurry of concerts, ceremonies and special events; we're in production week for my daughter's upcoming performance in the ballet, Sleeping Beauty. Tights, false eyelashes, makeup, bobby pins and hairspray, helping with costumes. Then there's planning summer vacation, activities for the kids, weddings, the home improvement projects that my husband is itching to tackle. 

And it's the week I hand over the introduction (along with the other sections that I'm ghost writing) for the book of panoramic photographs, Kentucky Wide II, scheduled for release in October. All 5,000 copies of the original Kentucky Wide (2006) sold, so I'm fortunate to have another piece of writing published.

I may be a lot busier than usual, but it's all good. No complaints! I'm looking forward to sleeping in, not worrying about packing lunches and checking homework, spending time at the pool. I may have fewer hours in the studio but my kids are growing up so fast that every time I start to grumble I remember the fleeting years of youth, and turn my attention back to the bittersweet years of early adolescence. They still want me around and from what I've seen and heard that may not last, so I'll enjoy it while I can. Happy June! 



 

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