Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What would happen if - update

Hello there, friends! Eeep! It's been almost a year since the last post about this little project. A few of you had asked me how it was progressing. Slow, but sure. Things made here sort of evolve over time. I'm still not certain how it will turn out in the end, but it hasn't fallen into the "epic fail" category yet, so that's a good sign. La de da...well, it's been a quiet week here in Lake Wobegon er, that is, Curious Acorn studio. Heavenly. And speaking of quiet, listen to this quote:

"Quietude, which some men cannot abide because it reveals their inward poverty, is a palace of cedar to the wise, for along its hallowed courts the King in His beauty [stoops] to walk."
~Charles H. Spurgeon


What a blessing and an inspiration these words have been. Reading them over and over again, I wish I could paint the feelings and images that they evoke. The quote was found in a most excellent book-- Journey to Authenticity, by R. Sonny Misar. The read has been refreshing and an encouragement for spending quiet mornings with my Maker, and quiet afternoons in my studio making. For me, these two things go hand in hand. Anyway, here's a little peek at what I've been up to.


Besides the screen door experiment, I'm working on some small acrylic paintings...


...and another what-would-happen-if thingy I'll be posting about later.

15 comments:

amy said...

oh my goodness. it is seriously beautiful. seriously. i want to be like you. and i love you.

Cheryl said...

That is fabulous. It needs time to grow and you have so much patience.

I've been mulling over your quote, but I get stuck on the use of cedar. I keep thinking it seems over the top to keep the moths away, having a whole palace made of the wood. I guess I'm missing a reference. I'll just borrow your "La de da" at this point!

Nancy Franson said...

Quiet mornings with the Maker and quiet afternoons making. Lovely and poetic. Your time in your studio sounds like prayer to me.

Jodi said...

Hi Cheryl, I think the use of the word ceder is figurative of Christ's glory. So nice to here from you! I hope all is well with you and yours.

Kat said...

Oh! This screen door project makes me so happy! All of your artwork does.
And wonderful quote. Spurgeon always encourages me.

Jodi said...

Nancy thanks! as for poetic, I have been feeling rather Keats-ish these days. And I always hope the studio makings sound like prayer.

Jodi said...

Amy, I love you more.

Jodi said...

Kat, thank you. YOU encourage me.

Stephanie Ann said...

Looks beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished project!

Janie Fox said...

I adore that screen door. Your studio sounds heavenly. Quiet time with the Maker and creating. Lovely.

Leslie said...

i ADORE the bird perching on the flowers in the lower corner!!! it's absolutely incredible. (and the acrylic makes me think of autumn woods, somehow...)

love that quote, too :)

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I read this yesterday and just did not understand what I was looking at. I think it must have been too late or my brain too busy or something. I LOVE what you are doing with the screen door. It certainly is something that needs to evolve and be worked on for a long time, but the process must be very calming.

Peaceful quiet times lead to wonderful results, and not only externally, of course. But that also.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely lush! Four Drennen girls sat staring at the details of the loveliness.
Joan<3

Aqeela said...

Very intriging! Love the screen door idea, we dont have them in england though. Ive seen people do similar with tennis rackets though!
Aqeela xx

Sara said...

Your screen door project is fascinating, Jodi. I'm wondering how you are going to display it once done...but perhaps that is a mystery at this point too.

The quote by Spurgeon about quiet paints a beautiful picture of a truth our society seems to be unaware of to a great degree. I just finished The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton (highly recommend it) and there was this quote from Pascal: 'The sole cause of a man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.'

Quiet calls me more and more...

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