Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Dark Place

I have been struggling a bit just lately......finding myself in that dark place where you just feel like curling up and forgetting the world. Motivation can be hard to find in that place. The only good thing about it is that it passes - you just have to ride it out. I feel it passing now, just as I feel an early Spring coming on. So different from August last year with endless weeks of wet, wet, wet!


I'm managing to stay focused enough to work on projects......just not as much as I probably should, because I always feel better for it. This is "Luna" - a cloth doll with painted, applied lace textures on the head and bodice. She has a lightly stained silk and cotton layered skirt. I really like these colours - a greenish blue with pale ochre and ivory. Subtle complementaries.




I'm also working on a large ferro-cement piece for the West Tamar Sculpture Prize - needs to be completed by the end of September. To be installed at Goaty Hill Vineyard for Artentwine in October. No pictures - keeping it under wraps!
My grand-daughter Leila has just turned 18 - so among the many celebrations she had, we held a family afternoon tea (but with champagne!) Here's a collage;




9 comments:

Kays Kids said...

What a gorgeous girl your grand daughter is. I love the pic's, you must be very proud.
I'm sorry you are in a dark place at the moment, hopefully as the weather warms and the warm sun shines you will feel better. Just remember it is OK to have OFF days.
Hugs Kay

Krystyna Bienias-Machowska said...

It is good to rest a bit sometimes. Dark places happen and they pass...

I love Luna. Her face is so expressive. For me she is a bit sad with a special look. I like her light colours. Life and art interweave in your artwork.

Happy birthday to your granddaughter.

Susan McMahon said...

Thanks, Kay & Krystyna........think I'm just suffering from the end-of-winter blaaaahs. When I see what some people have to contend with in their lives, I should be thankful. And I am. Mostly. :-)

carla said...

Hi!!! Luna is lovely!!! I hope the Sunshine comes to lighten the dark place quickly!!!! Hugs

Susan McMahon said...

Thanks Carla......I'm sure it will - it always does! <3

Healing Woman said...

Your Luna is a masterpiece. I love the lace on her head. I cannot wait to see the sculpture you are working on.

The human spirit is amazing isn't it? We just trudge on and things get better.

Dixie Redmond said...

What a beautiful doll. Amazing what can come out of dark places. Hugs to you, Susie.

Susan McMahon said...

Thanks Healing Woman and Dixie! Happy to say that my sunnier outlook is returning..... :-) :-)

akyol_akyol said...

Hello Susie! I like Luna a lot! Her head with lace looks great! And her dress is beautiful! We say in Turkey: "Health to your hands"! I wish you a lot of sunlight!

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