Friday, January 30, 2009

"IF: Flawed..."

Hmmm...
Flawed...?...Full to the brim...?
or
a funky fun flower study?
Actually, it's all three!
This was drawn and painted in the summer of 2006...
when I was loosely beginning an attempt to introduce myself
to the "wonder of watercolor". :)
It is a spread in one of those inexpensive, thick, beginner
all purpose sketchbooks
with
lots of simply average paper.
I never intended it for a post...I didn't even have a blog then.
But,
When thinking about the Illustration Friday theme for today:
"Flawed"
and paging through past work at the same time...
this spread spoke to me loudly and clearly:
...Could it just be
that the things we once considered flawed in our lives
are really jewels
that have yet to be seen with "new" eyes???
Maybe you too will
discover a "flawed jewel" in your life today! :)

Illustration Friday: "Flawed"
January 30, 2009

You see, when weaving a blanket,
an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket
to let the soul out.”
~
Martha Graham

"I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art
the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work:
human creation is never perfect."
~Unknown

"Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it.
That is your greatest gift to me."
~Alice Walker

16 comments:

Spinneretta said...

flawed or not, it is beautiful :)

Anita Davies said...

Glad to see your headache has passed...beautiful quotes and 'flawed jewel'.

bubblemunch said...

Oh, it's a simply beautiful spread. I love the colours, the flowers, the designs. I like the writing and your arrows pointing out your thoughts on the effects.

Teri C said...

Yes, I can the beginnings of where you are today; the colors, the design and zentanglely.

kazumiwannabe said...

It's different than what you do now, and it's beautiful too. And it already shows your wonderful sense of color and composition! Very interesting to see the change and evolution of your work!

PNH said...

I do a lot of knitting and when I make a mistake(which is often) I don't rip it out unless it makes a big flaw in the design, I'm only human, glad you are too.

Carolyn said...

Oh, I love your journal pages. Sometimes I find jewels in some of my work that I first thought to be flawed...time does wonders with our work.

3rdEyeMuse said...

what a lovely and thoughtful post - and your flower pages are beautiful, too. :)

Sherry said...

Stargazers - my favorites. Your posts are becoming a favorite part of my day.

yoon see said...

I really love the journal......
so beautiful and full of inspirations!

soulbrush said...

only 2 years, what an amazing success you've made. may i borrow one of the quotes, it is just perfect for what i want to post?

Jules said...

a super spread - wish some of my "finished's" were as lovely as youf "flawed"!!!

studio lolo said...

Every single time I come here (and that's a lot!) you make me promise myself to start a sketch journal. I will begin soon, I swear! You are such an inspiration :)
I love this "flawless" spread.

freebird said...

Talking to my sister the other day, she was trying to tell me my grandson with loads of problems (ADHD, an anxiety disorder, a different pattern of learning in his brain, his leg having a problem so he can't run, and his dog being quarantined due to biting a girl who attacked him while he had a bone in his mouth) is actually lucky and has been "gifted" with these problems. I didn't buy it. I see a better version on your posting that I can buy - our problems, or flaws can become a gem if we look at them as such. Nice thought and outlook. I still don't think God "gifts" us with them.

Glad you kept the painting so you could share it now. I can see just how far you have come since then too. Wonderful!

marianne said...

You are so talented!
If this is your beginner attempt....... WOW!

Rachel H said...

I don't think there's anything flawed about that, it's lovely.