Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day and the Eerie Wind

THIS AFTERNOON, if we lived in California, you might have thought the Santa Ana winds were kicking up a storm. But it was just an odd sort of very warm Oregon wind loping through our local area. It felt so very good after a week of cool temperatures, with mornings in the frosty 30s just a couple days ago.
But this isn't the Weather Channel, so enough about the wind. How about some "Animal Planet"? I was over by the window and could still hear the birds chirping away outside and it's almost 9 p.m. Do you suppose Mama and Papa Bird have to do 3 o'clock feedings? Well, someone was making themselves heard outside in the camellia bushes!
Speaking of birds - and one subject does seem to lead to another - I was outside in the garden earlier and, between the mourning doves cooing and the empty spot in the garden where the Disintegration Project used to be, things seemed a little mournful. That is, until I noticed how very well my transplanted lupine is doing and how the Solomon's seal is forming its floral pendants. And how very lusciously lovely the tree peonies look.
Now the project that Seth started among 123 artists, in many parts of the world, has ended ... sort of. The Disintegration Discovery - DisCo - begins, and we'll see where we go from here. Here is a bit of what the tied pages look like after four months outside laying on the ground. Can you see the glittery slug trails? Click on it to make the picture larger. Not too lovely, are they, these aged things? Have we learned something about the ravages of time here? But look at the character! They made it through rain, wind, snow, hail and freezing weather. Does this tell us something about perseverance?
Here is the project on the very first day, laid out in the garden, pristine and white with just a touch of gesso to protect the pages a bit.
OK, just a couple more pictures of the loveliness from the garden and then I'm off to bed. Tulip petticoats in yellow with a touch of red.
And this white fluted-edge tulip does look like a white slip a lady might discretely reveal by crossing her legs oh so graciously.
Flowers are such sexy things! - femminismo
p.s. Here's a lady who knows it's true.

10 comments:

Candace said...

Gorgeous things here, Jeanne! Wow, that last white flower... beautiful! I am really looking forward to the DisCo project's next step and seeing all the work you lot have put into it. Incredible.

Have a great weekend!
Your Pal

LostLuggage said...

Ohhh fantastic!!

3rdEyeMuse said...

I've been amazed by the disintegration transformations ... inspired, too.

those last three photo's have me swooning. :)

Ginny Gaskill said...

Another lesson learned. Your smaller bundles look like you got a lot of wear. Good job.

Kimmie said...

I think your bundles have had an amazing result! They look like some long lost important papers revealed with the revealing of spring :) Lovely!

nancy neva gagliano said...

i agree, kimmie....MYSTERIO-SO revelations unearthed!!

you're going to enjoy working with them...dis-co!

grrl+dog said...

So.. sounds like you are suffering some post disintegration depression...

Robyn said...

Definite results for your disintegration bundle....I love aged paper. Your tulips are stunning. Pity I can't pop right over to look at your garden.

Renee Howell said...

WOW - wonderful disintegrative papers! Lucky you!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Your garden offers gentle inspiration to everyone who views your precious papers. I love the aged papers and will wait patiently to see what is about to emerge and flower. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen