Definitely the Goddess and temples here in India is where I started but there is another layer...some feelings I have tried to put on the back burner until I get these and the next works done, but really ever since I was there it has had the biggest impact on my daydreams and that is some of my experiences in Syria.
Something about the place was really nice, the layers and layers of history and different culturs, the relaxed atmosphere and elegance of the place was really soothing.
Elegance was a word that keeps coming up for me with the place- the palaces were out of stone- beautifully mosaiced in these gentle tones of butter, chalk, biscuit and slate grey...
these early Christian icon painting and especially the ones in the church in Maaloula seem to radiate the love that went into creating them.
These small glass talisman's which made the deepest impression on me, I can still see where the thumb of the owner must have rubbed them, a thousand or so years later.
I imagine it being in her pocket and could rest in her hand as she went about her life,
These remnants of stitched fabrics - when you look close you can actually see the way the woman stitched them , the mark of her hand - to me it creates such a strong bond to her- I still do the same thing today[ well not as fine as her work...but I try]
these all felt like living links to the past
and it is the female image that comes into them all,
looking at the way the colours worked out in my pieces I have to say for me I can see the connection to Syria and her elegance as well as the female and the temple or devotional side of things.
I need to poke around like this to find my way...I have me fabrics, my peices and my daydreams and any minute it will come together,
I have planned to wash all the floors this morning- marble is good, but with the dust lately the only way I am going to get it looking good is to scrub- we have had the first night where a breath of coolness has come through so I am going to take advantage of that and get cleaning- doing things like that help set me up to be fired up to stitch....
happy sunday to you