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Friday, August 28, 2009

Altered Book Painting, Blog Anniversary, Stardust, and Connections

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
The Sun rises
The Sun sets
The Earth moves round and round that Center of Light
While I keep spinning all the while
Altered Book Painting
This small acrylic and oil pastel painting is an entry I did this past week in an altered book for a friend. An altered book is an art form where you take any book and "recycle" it into art by painting, drawing, tearing, pasting, whatever you want, over the existing pages. Often these books are passed around to a group of artists/friends with each one of them starting their own book. I encourage you to try it, as it is fun, as well as inspiring to see the artwork you receive. Below is another one I did for another artist's book, just building off photographs that were already in the book.
Blog Anniversary and Connections
Today I'm celebrating 1 year of blogging, though I opened a blog in August 2009, I really I didn't really get going til January of this year. I must say that I am awed by how many people have stopped in to read or see what I have posted... and doubly awestruck by how many people come from different countries. So, thank you readers, and fellow travelers on the web and in life's journey. It is a reminder for me, in that, there really are people out there listening to what each of us says, no matter how small a voice. And to never never forget, the power of words and our messages, whether coming directly out of our mouths or being posted on the internet.

Just think of all our interconnections, reaching globally across miles of oceans or plains, and skies. I have enjoyed the conversations and exchanges and "meeting" some of you via your blogs too. I like to imagine all the kindred spirits will rise up with their voices and be heard singing a new paradign that creates peace and harmony, respect and caring for all creatures and cultures around the world... Whether it be by our words or art or both, come, let's join in sending out positive vibrations....

We are Stardust
And, celebrating another anniversary..... it's astounding that 40 years have passed since August 1969, the summer of Woodstock and many US cultural changes..... Here's a You-Tube with Joni Mitchell live at Big Sur, California, September 14, 1969... singing one of my favorite songs, not the best recording but still great. Here are the words too... Copyright the artist(s).

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me...
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
And then try and get my soul free

Chorus*
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who l am
But you know life is for learning

*We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

*We are stardust -
Billion-year-old carbon -
We are golden
Caught up in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

8 comments:

Wild Somerset Child said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging - I always love your posts, and your work too. Thankyou for sharing. (Ann from UK)

Meri said...

Happy Anniversary, dear Blogger and Artist. I'm with you on the web of peace and kindness, of understanding.

HeartFire said...

Ann,
Thank you so much, I've enjoyed getting to know you through your blog, your gardens are so inspiring!
Delorse

HeartFire said...

Thank you Meri, you with your wonderful prose and photography!
Delorse

Seth said...

A big congratulations on one year!! And what a wonderful image you created in the altered book.

HeartFire said...

Hi Seth, that image is one of my favorite subjects - seascapes with a big sun in it! I never seem to tire of trying another variation on it... thanks for dropping by...

Binky said...

Delorse, You are such a sensitive thoughtful person. I'm glad to know you.
When do we begin meeting again or are we since you aren't going this year either?

HeartFire said...

Hi Binky,
such kind remarks, thank you!
Though I won't be going to AF this year, I'll continue the 3rd Place art meetings... thinking to have one the first weekend of Sep. Will be sending out an email to the group...