Tuesday, September 30, 2008


...Understanding All the Pieces...
of my "chain of consciousness" interpretation of the theme
in Jennifer's little Maruman sketchbook...
(Click on images to enlarge)

From left to right above...
my art...Jennifer's art...and a wee peek of Anita's art...
Jennifer's pages have a quote about the universe...
It reads:
"The clearest way to the universe...
is through a forest wilderness."

A close up of part of my 10 pages in Jen's book.
The quote reads:
"You are part of the universe
no less than the stars and trees.
And you have the right to be here.
Whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt, the universe is unfolding as it should."
~Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

Yet closer views of my pages...
here I attempted to show the vegetation of the desert,
the forests of Maine and Sweden, the flowers of the fens,
and even a corn plant from Illinois... (where I was while working on Jen's book)
The bubbles just happened to "float in" from
Anita's art work on the back section of the book. LOL:)
The sun "rays" and the roots of the plants mimic
the lightning and patterns of growth shown in Anita's pages following.

An ancient petroglyphic figure emerges supporting a tree
whose branches intertwine and change into Jennifer' forest.
The three "squiggles" is the Hindu symbol
"Aum" or "OM"
a Hindu sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras.
It represent several important triads:
the three worlds - earth, atmosphere, and heaven and
the three major Hindu gods - Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva
fondly worshipped in Indonesia and Bali!

"Om" mystically embodies the essence of the entire universe.
To me
it was a perfect symbol to include here.

Well readers...in a nutshell...
"that's my story...and I'm stickin' to it! "
In my post the next two days
I will reveal the rest of my pages in Jen's book.
Stay tuned! :)


soulbrush said...

the intricacy of your work makes me stare with open mouth, it is incredible. hugs.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Reading some of what you were thinking while creating these lovely pages make them even more beautiful, if that was possible.

Starr said...

It's speechless. Your blog leaves me refreshed everyday. Thank You!

freebird said...

I've loved that Desiderata since I was a teenager in high school. I still carry a copy around with me. You have done an excellent job of bringing it into the global versus individual way of thinking. I love it.

kazumiwannabe said...

It's beautiful, the quotes are great, and I love how you made this universal, and how your part melts with the others... It's great! Oh, and the strange petroglyphic figure is a fabulous detail - striking!

Teri C said...

What a fabulous memoir you all have created!! Simply beautiful and unique!

Sandy said...

well I could just keeping looking....I love it...


Mark Kwasny said...

I've decided that I want you to work me into one of your pieces of art so I can just live there. That's my wish for today!

Julie said...

I think it is so detailed and wonderful! I am studying your art! It is just so great! Can't wait to see more!

Margaret Ann said...

Thank you, each and every one, for your endearing comments...they mean the world to me. I only wish there was a way to have these books duplicated ...this has really been a treasured experience.

Kazumiwannabe...the parts where they blend in are really awesome to see in real life...they really do seen to "melt" together! :)

Freebird...I just love quotes...the combination of the written word and an art piece are so very powerful...Glad you are enjoying.

Mark...LOL...you have given me some food for thought... I will see what I can do about your idea...:)