Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rabbit Trails


I often go down rabbit trails.  This week I went to a second - hand shop and there I found a sheer print blouse that inspired me in a different direction .  I put my fuchsia fabric collage on hold to pursue this new track.  Actually it's pretty typical for me to have more that one collage going at once.   I have worked with chiffon/sheer fabrics in the past but usually not for the whole piece.  What I like about them is when layering the fabrics, you can get some wonderful ethereal effects. The above left photo is what came at the end of my rabbit trail.  The working title is "In the Garden".  My vision was to portray someone surrounded by flowers and almost becoming part of the garden. This is a little more abstract than I usually do. But I think this type of fabric lends itself well to abstractions. I plan to do a whole series of Tulips using sheer fabrics.  I will post those efforts in the future.

My rabbit trail excursion reminded me of one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost :
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;        5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,        10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.        15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.   

Till next time   ~  LW

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