Thursday, October 04, 2007

stuff I've made lately

I have been slow(er than usual) to post anything to my blog lately because all the recent blog stuff is about mom, and I don't want those posts to drift down, as if it is disrespectful to her memory. But I don't want to abandon my blog either, and making art makes me closer to her spirit. I just want all of you who have sent nice notes and posted blog responses here to know how much it has meant to me, I am still getting emails now and then with a PS attached about mom. It makes me sad and happy. I can't explain. There is definately a hole in my life. And I have to remind myself of the saying "better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all." There is only such a hole because she was such a tremendous person.

Today I took the Plaster Architecture class at Art and Soul. It was really great. I made the plaster house (3rd from left) pictured here. Good enough, but I learned great technique. Stephanie Lee was a kind teacher. I have lots of bouncing points for ideas, and was especially thrilled to learn how to make plaster molds.

These are other things I've done lately... the painting I did several months ago in a class at Gretchin's Scarlet Star Studio. The stuffed animal is one I've made for a friend's baby... one of many strange creatures I've made lately. The doll is made from a roll of toilet paper, and is paper mache- my friend Kate taught me how to make her.

Sometimes I feel very lonely, but am pretty lucky to have some pretty incredible artists and art in my life. It can really be a saving grace.

Hope everyone is well,
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  1. Hi Melanie,
    Was it you that left a comment on my blog for spread the handmade love? your link led to the juxtaposed site and I had to be a bit nifty to track you down! But I'm really glad you won the handmade book type thing. Get in touch through email via my blog and give me your snail mail and then when inspiration strikes (sometime in the next 365 days) I will send you some sort of handmade loveliness...

  2. Dear Melanie,

    I am happy to see that you are posting your art again. You make fun stuff!

    A few weeks back, I posted the pages that I made for you and your family that I sent to Michelle.
    I am not sure if you have gotten the fat books yet.

    Keep posting your wonderful art.
    Your mom is not forgotten.

    Vickie is on my mind often.

    Amber Dawn

  3. Hey there Melanie! I was reading someone else's blog just now and saw something about a womans death and the name rang a bell and I thought it might be your devastated I was to find out I was right. I'm so sorry to hear about the sad news. It looked like she had a simply amazing celebration of her life however, and I think anyone would be overjoyed at how much love your mom sent out into the world.

    I hope you have some time to relax and get back into art and do things like that which still bring you closer to her. And I LOVE your plaster beautiful!

  4. Thanks for the address. I have been reading over your blog and am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom sounds like an amazing woman and amazing artist. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.

  5. Of course you have a hole. Your mother was/is an amazing person. As long as you honor and cherish her and what she meant to you, she will never really be "gone". Her physical self is not here of this world, and it is indeed difficult for us to live without that physical presence. I lost my Nana 10 years ago and still miss her physically but she is very much a part of my daily life. You are still grieving sweet one, keep paying tribute to Vickie, let yourself feel. Hugs to you.