It’s almost Halloween and masks are a hallmark of that holiday. In my mixed media on-line class the assignment was “Divergence”. It was hard to find my focus (what else is new? . . . ) and finally settled on a self portrait. I thought about all the divergent paths my life has taken, shoulda, coulda have taken, didn’t take.
I created each layer without conscious thought or choice. I picked collage pieces at random, colors intuitively as I painted. The meaning of divergence evolved after I completed it. There are layers and layers of paint and collage with I feel also represent me.
The end result is my “mask”.
Divergence Mixed Media Self Portrait, 14″ x 17″ Bristol Paper
1st Divergence – Egg collage– Among all the eggs and sperm that could have been fertilized there were only two that created my DNA.
2nd Divergence – Colors that represent some of the “large” choices I made at pivotal points in my life that led to who I am and the blind eye I had at those times to choices I could have made but didn’t.
3rd Divergence – Lines of collage and paint that delineate & represent each wrinkle of “small” choices (not to mention my skin) I made and didn’t make.
4th Divergence – Flow of color from the background into my being which represents my spiritual connection to everyone and everything.
Ultimately, whether we are conscious of it or not, we all wear many masks. There’s nothing wrong with doing so. It helps us socially, professionally – what we show and who we show it to – to function in a multi-faceted world. Halloween just affords us to have a bit of fun doing so.
Featuring, CURIOUS CRITTERS, Witchy Witches to create
a SMILE-A-WEEN for someone you know.
*“The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick, lame, or scared to be adopted into homes. We are sanctuary to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs.”
Once rehabilitated, the animals help us give hope and inspiration to children with the same stories:
To all Human-beings: It’s time for my Halloween ORANGE-ALERT.
Don’t be mean!
Don’t you dare
make others stare
your precious pup
Please be fair!
just let us wear
our own hair.
Example of suspicious clothing
To All my Canine Cousins:
Be on the look-out for your human coming back from the store with suspicious articles of clothing and paraphernalia that is NOT THEIR color, style or size. If they start sweet-talking you or offering you treats RUN for your life & HIDE.
Example of humiliation.
No matter how many times I HAVE TOLD HUMANS not to humiliate us because they want to be amused it happens every year. I prefer to think that Humans just aren’t very smart and have no memory retention beyond a few hours rather than the possibility they are simply insensitive creatures with no regard for our feelings.
Since my “vertigo episode” I’ve been in a fibromyalgia flare-up, complete with exhaustion. Today I peeled myself out of bed, put on my best duds and went to class to draw a dude. Can you guess which one is me?
After spending 3 hours drawing a nude dude this is what I looked like . . .
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! (don’t blame me for this, blame my friend Sharon!)
Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after awhile they got to know each other so
well, they decided to get married.
One broom was, of course, the bride broom
the other the groom broom.
The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely.
After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom,
‘I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!’
‘IMPOSSIBLE !’ said the groom broom.
Are you ready for this?
Brace yourself; this is going to hurt!!!
‘WE HAVEN’T EVEN SWEPT
………… ………… ………….. Oh for goodness sake… Laugh, or at least groan.
Life’s too short not to enjoy…Even these silly
….little cute………….And clean jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sounds to me like she’s ……. !
……been sweeping around!!! (the BROOM, not my friend Sharon . . . )