And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28 NLT).
Here are some poems based on actual events:
Meeting my Mother-in-Law at the Supermarket
Turning into the cereal aisle
I catch my breath—
In front of me a familiar form seen from behind
The exact stature
Gray hair styled in a narrow flip
My heart pounds with joy—
It’s been so long since I’ve seen her
Then I remember why:
She’s been gone 38 years
A casualty of cancer
The woman turns
She looks nothing like Mom
My shoulders bow
My mother-in-law would be well over 100 years old
If she were still alive
Essence of Lemon
The tree the landscapers planted
already dangled little green lemons,
a tantalizing promise of sweet sour delight,
tempting us to pucker up.
Little by little, green warmed to a yellow glow,
whispering, come and eat,
you know you want to.
Finally, the green disappeared from the fruit’s cheeks,
and pluck them we did,
To slice them into our water glasses
and drink their exotic nectar.
What a treat!
Thar Be Spiders
“Here.” My mother handed me
a 16-ounce tumbler.
“Fill this with raspberries.”
I went outside to the raspberry patch
Behind the garage. I paused at the edge.
Thar be spiders.
But I knew what my mother would do
With the berries.
She’d mash them with sugar and serve them
Over vanilla ice cream.
So I braved the jungle of
Raspberry canes and plucked the fruit
between the thorns, using my elbow to
Bend back the encroaching vines.
Occasionally I felt the whisper of
A daddy-long-legger on my skin.
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- An art quilt maker’s process.
- Thar be dragons!
- Would you like to be a better public speaker?
- Interesting drawing process.
- Ursula Le Guin on art and storytelling.
- I’ve read six of these books about the holocaust, and I’d like to read more.
- An alternative to a gratitude journal (although to me it seems just like a gratitude journal).
- The humor of Rodney Dangerfield.
- Fun silly thing to do with kids.
- Paper quilling masterpieces.
Thank you to The Joy of Museums for this wonderful exploration of one of my favorite topics–unicorn tapestries!
The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries, is over 500 years old, and has inspired books, songs and movies and have stirred debate amongst historians. “The Lady and the Unicorn” is regarded as the Mona Lisa of woven artworks due to its symbolism, history and mystery. The tapestry’s meaning is obscure but has been understood to represent “love or understanding”.
Woven in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium, from wool and silk, the “Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries” consist of six tapestries designed from drawings that originated from Paris. Five of the tapestries, illustrate the five senses using a woman to interact with a unicorn, a lion and a monkey. The sixth tapestry remains more of a mystery with the prominent wording “À Mon Seul Désir” (To my only desire) on the tent.
In the “Touch Tapestry”, the lady stands with one hand touching the unicorn’s horn, and the other holding up the pennant.
In the “Sight Tapestry”, the lady is seated, holding a mirror up to the unicorn.
In the “Taste Tapestry”, the lady is taking sweets from a dish.
In the “Smell Tapestry”, the lady stands, making a wreath of flowers.
In the “Hearing Tapestry” the lady plays the organ on top of a table.
In all the five tapestries, the unicorn is to the lady’s left and the lion to her right, a common theme to all the tapestries.
The sixth, “À Mon Seul Désir” Tapestry is wider than the others and has a different style. The lady stands in front of a tent, across the top of the entrance to the tent is written “À Mon Seul Désir”. An obscure motto, the unicorn and the lion stand in their standard positions framing the lady while holding onto the tent pennants.
Tapestry weavers use to create the design as they progressed using their imagination, from the fourteenth century onward they copied from a broad sheet of paper (cartone) or from a drawing or painting (cartoon). “The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries” are one of the most significant surviving examples of tapestry art from the Middle Ages.
Historians argue that in five of the six panels, the mysterious lady with the unicorn is Mary Tudor, third wife of Louis XII and sister of Henry VIII, who was Queen of France from August 1514 to 1 January 1515. This Middle Ages masterpiece was “rediscovered” in poor condition in 1841 in the castle of Boussac.
- Title: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries
- Artist: Woven in Flanders based on drawings from Paris
- Year: 1500
- Medium: Wool and Silk
- Dimensions H: 3.68m w: 2.00m
- Discovered: 1841
- Museum: Musée National du Moyen Age
“A bad craftsman blames his tools.” French Proverb
For this week’s Diva Challenge. “Heart of a Champion” is supposed to draw on the Olympics for inspiration, but I got distracted by the idea of Celtic hearts and decided to experiment with them. Patterns used are Shattuck, Static, Trio, and Tulipe.
I don’t even know what this is, but it’s my offering for Cee’s Flower of the Day.
In the last few weeks, most of my artwork has been valentine-related.
First though, here are some valentines I drew last year.
This year’s valentines use a variety of techniques, mostly zentangle or doodling.