16×20″ acrylic on canvas
Originally inspired by a design in Eric Brioug’s Islamic Geometric Design, this has morphed to reflect neighborhoods from an aerial view. More work to be done with this layered approach.
“Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.”
And a shout-out for Naomi Shihab Nye’s most recent book, Voices in the Air, and to sketchjay.wordpress.com whose birds can be seen with the poetry. See: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062691842/voices-in-the-air
Many thanks to NC for hosting a Pop-Up Art Show in her home in November.
On display, many small pieces. Glass Artist Joby Shimomura (https://www.facebook.com/jobyglass/) joined us as well!
Practicing for Wednesday, October 25th! Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council-sponsored introductory Create & Make! class in Arabic calligraphy! 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25th!
To register and for more information: http://www.shorelinearts.net/event-program/arabic-calligraphy-elisabeth-mitchell/
Armi Ratia, Marimekko’s founder:
“There is only one responsibility – beauty. There is only one reality – a dream. There is only one strength – love.
“There must be a reason to dirt a fine white cloth with print.”
The Marimekko exhibit at Seattle’s Nordic Heritage museum:
Heard on NPR just today; http://www.npr.org/2017/06/19/532816482/home-is-where-the-art-is-the-unlikely-story-of-folk-artist-maud-lewis . A woman after my own heart; before my own art.