Wednesday, August 14, 2013

cabin fever.....severe. we were supposed to go on a road trip up the california coast but several things got in the way.  the pump at the ranch went kaput and, being that it is for sale, all attention had to be put on solving the water supply.  what bad timing.
ok, time to surrender.
so here we are, the last days of summer, anxious to GO GO GO.  i am not losing hope; the pump technicians are supposed to be here friday and by monday we should be able to make it happen.
 i am in desperate need of nature....our temporary condo as we continue our search for a house to buy, is beautiful and comfy but has a very small garden and an even tinier patio. so for an earthy woman like me, not having a garden has really begun to wear on my nerves. 

so, as is usual, i retreat to me art space and vent by creating something that will make it all right and turn the tide somewhat in the direction of the positive around me, or at least, within me. 


yes, being creative helps.  actually, it helps immensely, but there is an angst in my soul that needs healing.  what i miss the most are the breezes, the crackling sounds, the walks, the smell of eucalyptus and above all WATER.  ocean water, rivers, streams, putting my feet in it, splashing in it, seeing it glitter. and collecting little sticks and stones, leaves and anything in nature that will fit in my pocket.

so, as is usual, i retreat to me art space and vent by creating something that will make it all right and turn the tide somewhat in the direction of the positive around me, or at least, within me. 
"girl in black velvet dress"
i have continued my experimentation with faces and recently venturing into full 
size portraits although i am still having trouble with hands.
i swing between the whimsical and the formal acts of creating.





"mujeres"
 here is a corner of my bedroom where i have hung my latest mini painting 
midway down the wall in between a vintage needlepoint embroidery of a bird and a hook bird heart by mary stanley.

                                                  
this is the cover of the handmade book i am working on.  the flowers are real, from right outside our french doors, having been captured under a layer of beeswax.


for audrey






             b.    n.        
stitching between painting and reading a terrific biography of lytton strachey with lots and lots in it about dora carrington.  i love her paintings, especially the portrait of lytton holding a book with his long long finger.  carrington remains my favorite of the bloomsbury era painters above vannessa bell and augustus john.  what a group they were, how totally interesting and liberated.

5 comments:

Marcela para Colorin Colorado said...

Hola Connie!! lamento lo del viaje y espero que se solucione todo pronto asi pueden marchar!! Pensé que seguias en la misma casa...estoy tan confundida!! me parece que me perdí algún capítulo!!! jajaj Sea como sea, tu arte evoluciona a pasos agigantados y tus trabajos son cada vez más interesantes, bravo!!!

eli said...

Constanza! Tan precioso todo, y aún así logré enamorarme especial y perdidamente de la tapa de tu cuaderno... follaje aprisionado con cera! qué idea genial!
Espero que puedas partir pronto hacia tu contacto con el mar. Beso!!

lynne h said...

oh constanza, i love to see your posts... i absolutely adore everything that comes from your hands. i can certainly understand your needing to get out into nature; i hope the pump is fixed soon so you can go go go!!

thank you for showing us everything. : )

love,

lynne

raquel said...

que sanador lo tuyo ,tu arte lo que narras ,bendiciones y mucho disfrute en tus vacaciones besos

audrey said...

Your photos are always beautiful and your art is always lovely ~ soft, serene and made with love.
Hopefully, you will be able to go on your road trip soon. Getting away provides inspiration and refreshes the soul.
Your painting is now hanging in my home and I love it, Constanza.
xo