Friday, 31 May 2013
So the conversation went, & as usual I couldn't explain what was in my head or how to work in K's ideas... & she just wasn't sure how what I suggested would look. To be honest, I didn't really know myself at that point.
When you work in a small space (ie the top of the cooker) it probably doesn't need a brain surgeon to say that deciding to switch from painting pale sandy backgrounds to black, isn't the most sensible of ideas. But while one canvas was drying I spotted some little wooden plaques with moon photos stuck on.... that i was going back to finish off 'later' more than a little while ago!
Thanks to Ruthie for pointing me in the direction of the Human Elephant Foundation. The home page images of elephant sculptures in situ are amazing. Andries Botha creates life-sized sculptures made from recycled materials, which are situated in various locations worldwide.
... to encourage every person to do something meaningful with his or her life. It can be something small at home. Or a major global solution. Something personal or something collaborative. Whatever it is, it should be life affirming, and it should be a worthy legacy to leave the next generation.
...today starts the real journey...
The first phrase of a poem written by S for his beloved... and having spent time composing her a tender expression of their relationship he wanted a special way of presenting it to her & liked the idea of a canvas. Three kinds of butterfly are mentioned though we didn't want them representing directly...
"Wow, wow, wow!!! I had high expectations, but I opened the package and nearly had a stroke. You have incredible talent, and you achieved and surpassed my vision of how I wanted this project to turn out. Thank you times a million!"
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did the work is absolutely beautiful
T**** is going to love it"
"I got it today and it's better than I can even describe"
"thank you so much for your patience and amazing abilities"
"Just wanted to say thankyou for being an awesome communicator, for your kindness, generosity throughout the whole transaction, you made every really clear and personal and i'm sure it'll come back to you many fold, L"
"Love, Love, Love IT!!!!!! Thank you for being so patient with me - this is truly the perfect gift for them!! I appreciate everything you did to make this such a special gift! :)"
"The couple who we gave the captain corelli quote to for their wedding were super chuffed with it. They cried because it was so lovely - so yay you!"
"They are beautiful!!! Thank you so much."
"I just wanted to tell you how special your work is & how special you are. **** keeps texting me about the canvas. She's so impressed with all the details & with you & the note you sent her."
"Thanks so much for the work - it looked amazing - loved what you'd done with the dress pattern. My husband loved it and shed a few tears!
Your work is beautiful and you've been a real pleasure to work with - thanks so much."
"Its lovely and just what I wanted/expected or even better. It will make a different wedding present wont it? and will hopefully be something they will treasure as a family."
"How can I thank you enough for creating something full of so much love that she will treasure the rest of her life? You went above and beyond."
"...there were tears in my Mum's eyes. Definitely worth it."
"What you did was so kind, so talented..."
"Love, love, love! Wow, you are good! Crying. It's beautiful. It's perfect!"