Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 things...and a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you ALL!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have your coffee or mulled wine at your side. This post is a little on the long side but as I have finally found time to sit down and post I am making the most of it and do a '3 things' posting.

Title: Bent not broken.
1CE # 2 2011
 Fragile series. Society is a nest #2.

Thing one is COLLAGE! Above is my 2nd collage for next years ICE exhibition. I really have to use Jan and Feb next year to focus on completing these works in time! So much pulpy fun this year and a terrible year health wise for my son haven't helped but I'm still confident all will be well in the end. This collage is titled ' Bent not broken' and is a tribute to foster families who take children from unsuitable homes and make them a part of their own families.Some of these children are damaged by their beginnings in life but thankfully there is hope and love waiting for them. The collage is intentionally crooked btw!

 Below is a sneak peak of number 3... not stitched yet or mounted so there's a little bit to do before I can claim it finished. I recieved that beautiful green paper in a swap. Lucky me!

The photo below shows a sneak peak of the collage I've done for Seth's artist call out...I can't show the complete collage just yet but I can say that I chose to reveal something about myself.  It was quite a theraputic piece to create even if it did touch on a sensitive subject for me. Art is great therapy!

Thing 2 is...a bird update ofcourse!

'Little bird' as she is now known has made herself at home here! We don't know what 'c' she was as they were triplets. All four birds were released and 3 were quite happy to fly off and do their own 'birdie thing' except for this one.She flew off and was found half an hour later sitting quite happily on the handle bars of DH's motorbike. We took her back to the release spot and she took about half an hour to decide to fly off again...and 2 hours later she was back! She literally hopped along the ground and made her way up my son's leg before using us as a series of stepping stones to get back to her cage!

She's a cheeky little thing as you can see! We are trying to keep her 'wildness' and don't feed her (other than what is usually put out for all the birds) and we've had to teach her she is an outside bird! For the first few days she kept coming inside and I've even had her follow me into the bathroom!

It's not unusual to find her sitting on the window sill watching us (and making a mess!)
It is a privilege to have this bird choose to stay and I'm delighted to see her when she arrives back from her flights away. I know one day she will go and start her own brood but until then we will enjoy the unique bird/human friendship that has formed. My son is doing a woodwork course next year and guess what all the kids are making? A bird house AND a bird feeder! Purely a coincidence! Honest:)

A kiwiana themed christmas tree at a local tree display. (Pavalova, a kiwi, sheep, all blacks, paua...)

Thing 3 is CHRISTMAS!

Chocolate and strawberry of the good things about a summer time christmas!

Time is ticking! The kids are very excitedly counting down the days until Christmas day and I know I'm in for a early wake up call on the 25th! We're hosting Christmas tea at our place this year and have family coming to stay and my son has a birthday on the 27th so things are getting very busy here. They no doubt are for all of you too and I sincerely wish you all a very merry Christmas, safe travels and love in abundance.

Buon Natale!


Lisa said...

lovely pieces are obviously inspired by the season!

my brother and his family had a baby robin that would not leave either..they kept him in a cage for a long time as he refused to fly away..kept taking him outside to eat worms.. he finally flew the coop when he was ready.

Merry Christmas...and a very happy birthday to your little boy who I hope is feeling better these day! xo

Deborah said...

Lovely work and photos! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a healthier new year for your son.

Nora said...

That was a very fun post, Lisa, and you had so much to show. I love your collages and can't wait to see your complete self portrait.

Little bird is adorable and I hope she stays your special friend forever.

Here's an early 'happy birthday' to your son.

The trifle looks delicious. I wouldn't mind some of that.

Have fun at the holidays with your family and a Merry Christmas to all of you.

I can't wait for the next post.


Kim Palmer said...

How wonderful to see the thrush returning if only for a short while! The collages are looking fabulous Lisa, you have been busy! Here's to a wonderful christmas for you and the family and lets hope next year is much better for us all healthwise! Have a fab festive season and see you next year!

John M. Mora said...

Merry Christmas, bird to come back to your best

bent not broken

Mick said...

Well, well, well ... a birdhouse the boy will be making, yes! I must dig around a bit and come up with a design for him. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

such lovely new collages, lady! and omg -- those birdy photos are just stunning. you always take the best photos! love your tree and... one of these years, i'm so spending a summery christmas in nz so i can have some yummy strawberry chocolate goodness. ;)

missing you heaps! will catch up more soon -- this is my first time online in weeks.


Gaby Bee said...

These birdie pics are wonderful. Love your new collages and the strawberry trifle looks YUMMY!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Creative New Year!

Gaby xo

Jacky said...

Wonderful collages Lisa...and I cant wait to see your piece for Seth's call out.

How nice to see that little birdie all growing up.

Jacky xox