Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Back In the Saddle Again

The last two days have been BEAUTIFUL here! Yesterday, I had the windows thrown wide open, all day. And Sunday, the Farmboy and I took a 2 1/2 hour hike. I can't tell you how much I needed that! I know that we are only into mid-January and realistically this is not normal weather. Our cold, icy season is usually late Jan. into February, but this winter has already been a very odd one, as is. Regardless, I'm going to take what I can get, when I can get it!

In the last post... and thank you for all of your "hang in there" comments!... I mentioned how my melancholy snuck it's way into my art. First let me say, that I was so surprised when I noticed it. I am always reading about how artists put their feelings and emotions into their art. I totally get that and have tried so hard at that, but have usually been unsure, as to whether or not I'm doing it. However now, I've come to the conclusion that I probably have been. I just haven't realized it because, I'm usually just happy, go-lucky all the time. Let me show you...

Here are the Valentine Tags I created for Natalea's swap.

I had such a hard time getting started on these, because I wasn't feeling all sweet and sugary. Every day I would go through my images and try to pick one for these tags and every night I would lay in bed and think about this lady. (For the life of me, I can't remember which blog or site I got her from... if it's yours let me know, so I can link it!) She looks to me as if she is pining for her true love and then the poetry of E.E. Cummings would come to me... "I carry your heart with me(I carry it in my heart)...." I thought it beautiful and gave into it.... no cupids were going to happen this time.

I can see and feel the melancholy in them, but I do like them and feel they are romantic enough to get by.... hope Natalea agrees too and doesn't ban me from any of her future swaps!

It looks as if today will be beautiful again, so I'm off to open windows and get some more fresh air.
I hope you have a beautiful day too!

22 comments:

Robin Thomas said...

More than rather fabulous.

tina said...

These are gorgeous, Alisa. I can see your mood in the art, but it's not depressing it's beautiful. It makes me think of my Ronnie. I hope you enjoy your beautiful day. We are bombarded all week with rain.

TinyBear said...

Love that tag Alisa
and you´re so right about the mood.
It´s beautiful.
Enjoy you day - we are having snow over here again :D

FILIGREE MOON said...

Beautiful, beautiful tag! And your previous post ~ absolutely gorgeous photos ~ it does seem that gray days just make their presence known, whether we are open to them or not. Sometimes the creations are a positive way of working through, even though the process can be difficult. Thank you for visiting me today and for your uplifting comments! ~ Angela

the wild raspberry said...

nothing like some fresh air to make a person feel alive again!

your valentine art is beautiful~

chasity

Lori said...

Alisa, your tag is gorgeous...i think they are perfectly romantic...you can be romantic without being all gushy and oozy...and this is a perfect example...i love is!!!

Diane said...

Alisa, what is art but the expression of feelings? If you're melancholy, that's OK too! Melancholy art expresses what you feel and trying to hide it wouldn't have turned out so beautifully. She does look pensive. Maybe she's wondering if her Valentine feels the same about her that she feels about him.
Here is a wonderful book for Valentine's Day to read:

"Love Walked In" by Marisa De Los Santos

You'll love it! I think your Valentine lady is Cordelia in the book. ;-)

Diane

knitterbeader said...

Alisa, your art is beautiful as ever. Glad to see you're back in the saddle. We had one day of sunshine this week (the first in months it seems like), and it was amazing how much better everyone felt. I too, left the door open for fresh, clean air!

Caleen said...

I really love the tag.. Really amazing what you can still create even when you aren't feeling like it.. I try not to let the weather affect my mood but, it does sometimes.. I just want to bundle up and stay in the house with cocoa.. I am looking forward to spring.. I love opening the windows and letting the sunshine in.. :) Glad you are feeling better..

Marianne@Songbird said...

I love the tag! I am not a big fan of cherubs any day, I find this tag to be so much more true and romantic! I am sure it will be appreciated greatly by the receivers.
Glad you are feeling better!

Suz said...

Alisa,
I do love your tag. That is one of my favorite poems and though I have given various artistic variations of it to my husband, I love it on that tag. Not sugary. Very real.
Suz

Elly said...

Oh no, she won't ban you, I assure you! Your tag is just gorgeous!!!!

Sandy Michelle said...

Hi Alisa! Thanks for sending prayers my way :) I'm glad the weather is great there so that you could step out for a breath of fresh air. Your tag is so wonderful! I looks like she is thinking of someone that she loves-but he doesn't necessarily know it. I find when you put your emotions into your work it always comes out amazing and you feel better too.

Hugs!
Sandy

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Alisa, your tag is Gorgeous! It's elegant with it's rich tones...just perfect! Oh how I wish I were out walking with you! I'd take a 40 degree day anytime now!! (smile) Be well friend, I'm thinking about you!!!

Blessings~Sharon

Maija said...

I'm glad you are feeling better and creating lovely tags!!

Charlene said...

Beautiful!!!! She is stunning & you did an amazing job on her! Love the little red feather. Charlene

Jenny Fowler said...

Your tag is beautiful! I love it!

natalea said...

Alisa, I received the tags and LOVE them! I have to say that I knew I would because everything you create is fabulous, but the image and the mood is great. Believe me, I have not been having a life that provokes "love-inspiration" so I know that if your mood wasn't in the right place it might have been hard to get into the swing of this. But I'm glad you did because they are gorgeous. I hope you are feeling better and hope that you create through the melancholy- it's the best remedy. Take care my friend!
xo natalea

Wanda said...

You kill me...no matter what kind of mood you are it always turns out wonderfully. You are an amazing artist. Now I'm really worried about my tags..thanks a lot. :) It is just nice to know that I am not the only who struggled with their tags.

cindy said...

This is lovely. And I've always loved that particular of poem!

-c
yapping cat

Rachel said...

Loved receiving all the tags, yours is wonderful. I hung them all up in a garland today! Thanks!!

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