Monday, December 21, 2009

New work in prog

New take on a stagnant piece I've had sitting around since early Spring. I'm much happier with it now and my time invested on it doesn't seem so ill spent.

The holidays are so close I can taste them! Or maybe that's just the lingering chai spices wafting through my house. Holidays spent in places with no snow is a really odd time. The last 2 years in Astoria, there was snow. It was lovely, and I am not really a big fan of snow. One of the reasons I moved here was the awesome weather (rain included!). But I have to admit being seasonally spoiled by ol' Jack Frost last year. I believe Christmas is in four days! I managed to make things look festive, but there's something missing. It just doesn't feel like Christmas. I am certain it has to do with not being closer to my family. My fam has had several traditions for years. There's Christmas, Christmas eve eve, Christmas dinner, Christmas morning breakfast, Christmas eve with the entire family... we love our gatherings. My family is big on hand made gifts. This year I was inspired to make my gifts, still unsent, for my family. I drew some little holiday themed doodles and hoped to make them into ornaments. No dice, they turned out just awful. After nearly giving up, I somehow came up with these:

I call them "Howls" (Holiday+Owls)

They were fun and frustrating to make, as I am not in tune with my sewing machine. But I kind of like them with flaws, aka "character".

Happy Holidays. Love Amy in Astoria.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

RIP Strong Love Souls

RIP Strong Love Souls, originally uploaded by AmyMarieWillis.

I'm not sure what's going on... but while taking stroll through my Flickr page, I noticed that this drawing has had 109 views since I added it to my page.! That's nuts! I guess because the rest are all in the 0-17 range. Heck, I'm always appreciative of any audience. So to see a number like 109... well, I'm surprised and happy.
Another odd thing about this, is that this one hardly ever receives comments on or inquires about it. There are certain peices that everyone mentions and loves, and I am always truly flattered. This has never been one of them.
I love this piece though, because it humbles me. It reminds me on any given day of realities for others that get forgotten about. I didn't grow up in the midst of a war around me. I didn't fall asleep at night listening to bombs and explosives. I am truly lucky.
At one time all of us, no matter our location, race, religion, political affiliation, etc... at one time we were all children.
And I really believe we all wanted the same thing... to be happy and loved. I wish we all wanted the same thing now.

Be safe and stay warm this Holiday Season.