Collage birthday card for a friend who loves red poppies! The poppy flower heads were painted on rice paper using Japanese brush painting technique. The flower stems & leaves, the earth & the butterfly/lion are handmade papers made in India. The strips of paper on the side are one of my old Japanese brush paintings cut up. The envelope matches the Poppy flower theme!
I BLAME IT ALL ON THE RENOIR EXHIBIT AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM ART’S 2010 EXHIBIT OF RENOIR PAINTINGS. The gift shop had an amazing display of gossamer scarves & I wanted to take everyone of them home with me & wear them always to remind me of the beauty of seeing the world through Renoir’s eyes. Of course, I didn’t even get one scarf so to fill the void I starting collecting scarves at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s & good old thrift shops where scarf beauties hung on racks calling out to me to take them home with them. Sigh. Fast forward to my closet all these years later & you can only imagine all the scarves I own. Have I ever worn them? Sometimes and usually they make me sneeze from the dust they collect hanging around in my closet! So today I pulled them all out. Scarves made of silks & linens, embellished with sequins, pom poms, & lovely tassels. Scarves of turquoise, aqua, blues & purples. Scarves from India sheer & diaphanous, embroidered with elephants. Scarves that really are dreams of the kind of life I dreamed of living. They are not just lovely strips of fabric. They are dreams of romance, of beauty, of a kind of elegant life I simply don’t lead. Sigh. I filled up a grocery bag to go back to the thrift store, but I need to let go of more. Also I’ve now been reminded that all of these scarves state Dry Clean Only. I’m hand washing those I want to keep. It may be just the motivation I need to give more away!