Saturday, February 10, 2007

Links and Inspiration

Collage of Boccaccio's Gypsy Girl and some amazing ideas and background from Advanced Photoshop, a wonderful magazine.

My friend Maureen (one of the Lost Sisters) sent this today:

Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her "beauty tips."
It was read at her funeral years later.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness...
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone...
People, even more than things, have to be restored,
Renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;
Never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
You will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;
One for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Two more quotes from Diane AuCoin and Ned Bear:

If you want to be whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself become empty. If you want to be reborn, Let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up. - Tao Te Ching

"I am only one. But still I am one.
I cannot do everything. But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." -Helen Keller.

And I found some simple doll & clothes patterns
hereandhere. Surprised I'd know anything about Martha Stewart? Yeah, me too!

And then finally have you seen Sabrina Ward Harrison's photography website? This is wonderful. You will get all kinds of ideas percolating when you look at her images!

Here's what she says about her work:
Sabrina Ward Harrison makes images that collaborate with this living world - working with it, seeing into it, being inspired by it and creating for it. The landscape of our living is what she presents – a landscape that unfolds through color, culture, depth of field and slanted light.

These images are created by collections of detail from the subject's surroundings – details and specifics that define who they are and search for their essential spirit. Intimate details and pieces of life, all in harmony with each other - at times glorious, sometimes discordant but always whole.

The essence of Harrison's work is a search for the living human spirit – a quest she undertakes with her hands, her eyes, and her intuitive sensibility. Her work allows a place to unfold, a place to build, a place to reveal and essentially cries the poetry of life.

Harrison creates a sense of openness and breath, light and history. Her images are imbued with a power that is both accessible and universal at their core. As you observe her work, time moves with you and you find yourself in a place where moment and memory meet. The work of Sabrina Ward Harrison invites liberation and inspires a thriving life.

Be inspired by the quotes, have fun with these links, and go make some art!

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