Saturday, June 12, 2010

Art is a Good Way to Heal a Sad Heart


Thank you dear friends/kindred spirits for all your support, love and caring you have so willingly shared with LW and I!!!! It helps to know that there are others who understand our pain and willing reach out to comfort us!! These are the times that you cherish throughout your life. That out of such sadness and sorrow comes such selfless unconditional caring! Thank you all from the depths of our hearts! :)

The afternoon that our Tali gained her wings I decided that maybe a bit of art making would be good medicine for my soul. So I dung out some beads, put on some lovely Chopin and started to play, with no particular plan in mind. Isn't it kinda strangely wonderful how it is these times that you do some of your most meaningful creating??!!Here's the necklace I built... Tali's Path.
Although it wasn't until I had completed the necklace that it struck me that the arrangement of beads is a lot like the arrangement of years in Tali's or even our lives. The first part is vintage 925 silver chain from another necklace. It's kind of the shape of plant stems or blades of grass as it's growing, young, strong, bright, smooth, constantly on the move, learning. There are three flower carved ivory beads. Perhaps they are all the people (and pets) who come into our lives to influence,teach, love and share our lives, for a space of time. The first set of beads are little smooth round garnets. Sorta like our childhood years. No edges, or inflexible surfaces yet. They roll everyway, with no fears of being hurt or broken.  The next stone is a vintage hand painted glass bead imaginative, beautiful,guiding the way, and a blending of two colors of green. Not unlike our parents.
The next set of beads rounded nuggets of citrine some with open white areas. A little like the early teen years we all hope to survive (that would be both ours and our kids!) Still mostly open and transparent taking in all the light and beauty around them Then comes the large rough cut garnets. Those years when we are sure that we have all the answers, know all the questions, are invincible, immortal and ever so self absorb.
Then a few lovely colored small roundish tourmaline. Aaaa those years of having babies, raising our own children, becoming aunts&uncles. Now the shoe is on the other foot and we are the ones expected to be the positive influences!! :) Next comes some amazing tourmaline see they do grow up!! No longer smooth but there are no longer totally rough, hard, inflexable edges. We have facets carved into our sides. The middle years of our lives. We have begun to mellow, gain depth and nice patinas. I truly believe it's these years that we finally have all the necessary components to really get to know ourselves. Who we are, realize our dreams, become the person we were always suppose to be. If you look closely there are a few cracks and creases on the surfaces. :) The last beads are amazing clear blue/gray iolites. With ever so wonderful facets, inclusion, cracks and beautiful hard earned character marks. Oh but the color shows the beautiful mellowing that comes only with long lives lived fully. Exposed to all that life has to offer. Both it's joy and it's pain.
We move through our lives in our own ways and in our own time, but for all of us comes the time to let our spirits fly free. But we don't have to do it alone there are many loving hands who hold and love us while we prepare for this next journey in our lives. And it is these loving hands that will gently let go when our time to fly free among the stars has arrived.

Truly it wasn't till I had completed the necklace and went to adjust it as I was trying it on that I began to see the connection of the stones. Perhaps it was Tali's and all the other love ones who I (we) have lost way of answering the questions of why? how come? for what?... It's life, it's the way it is, it's nature, natural and ever so painfully beautiful.

I hope you all have an audacious art filled no matter where you are in the world   p;)


Cindy said...

Oh Pattie, your necklace is stunning...and such a beautiful composition full of deeper meaning. You are such a wonderful writer - you have truly captured the stages of life here in your necklace at first without even realizing it - and the way you described it is beautiful. Sending you hugs!!

stregata said...

What a magnificent necklace - and such a beautiful tribute to Tali and life! I hope it was a comfort to you to make it.
Hugs, my friend.

SummersStudio said...

I think that sometimes if we let go of our notions, our inner fragile self can create things of great beauty and meaning. This necklace is a treasure. It's a little like a rosary, a piece that you can count life's blessings on, including Tali and her life. Hugs. said...
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Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

Tali's Path sure is a pretty necklace. The round beads remind me of the balls that labs just love to chase so danged much, too.

You will never forget Tali.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Pattie, I'm so glad you came by. Your necklace is just so very beautiful. You have quite a way combining all the gorgeous elements. I'm so sorry to hear about your dear pup. I have been down that same hard road with my kitties, and it is never an easy one. Take care and allow yourself time to grieve.
hugs and blessings,

pam q said...

Beautiful necklace and beautiful meaning behind it!

Especially love the hand...

Your story made me think---I had just let the necklace I was working on when Kitty died sit there. I finally just finished it a few weeks ago while I was at my Mom's. It is totally dripping in Czech glass and pearls---so full and rich---like Kitty made my life.

Did I do that subconsciously???

I'm so glad to hear that you are busy creating!

Riki Schumacher said...

Well you know I can sure relate to this post! What a wonderful tribute to your baby. And it was healing in the making, how can that be any better. You will always have her with you when you wear that piece, what a comfort. I need to do that too! Hugs Pattie. Riki

Esther said...

beautiful Pattie!! love the stones, and the hand .; a lot of symbols in this one too!! good job my dear!!

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