There are many pieces to this holiday, Thanksgiving. I used to be into it solely for the feasting until I had children and discovered the part about being grateful and generous. Then, after my daughter died and I lost my gratitude and graciousness for a while, I dreaded holidays. It took a long time to discover that the caring of others was what would fix my battered heart. Thanksgivings became warm welcome gatherings as family and/or friends assembled to celebrate and commiserate, to listen and to share.
This week’s fabricated landscape is an assemblage of images I gathered together from several different outings I took with my photography class this semester. At the Old Souls Home in Owego, NY I found (and later reshaped in Photoshop) an antique golden frame and a set of old tin tart pans. The bristly scrub brush was lying abandoned on a windowsill at Cornell’s Hydroplant. The grates and grills were at Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling Plant. I photoshopped the fluted outer frame from a tractor’s yellow-painted running board that I photographed at University Sand and Gravel in Brooktondale, NY. As in many Thanksgiving gatherings, the collection of characters may be eclectic but the mix makes for a cozy coming together anyway.
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Thank you, Libby. I’m still in awe of that photo you managed to snap of the horse and its owner and their identical smiles. Yeesh! THAT was brilliant.
I can sure understand that Thanksgiving didn’t make you feel grateful or gracious after you lost Marika. Now you can be grateful that you have been able to go on living after such a profound loss. You’re still breathing, standing, walking, cooking….creating beautiful images out of scrap. It must be fun to sift through images and find just the thing to fill in or frame the picture. I love the running board border!!
You’ve got me exactly, Lucy. It is fun finding things that fit, matching up images and words or feelings with images. It’s also a bit of an obsession as well. Thanks for reminding me of all the other things I do, as some days I believe I let the obsessions get the better of me. I’m glad I got to share the tagine experiment with you. Lots of hugs!
Blessed Thanksgiving, Robin. May our day of gratitude for the mish-mash of this life be as harmonious and whimsical as your creation.
Thank you, Elaine. “Harmonious and whimsical” sound super to me. Even “mish-mash” is making me feel pretty good right now. Cheers!
Great image, Robin! Love the way you put together pieces of this and that to make a whole!
Actually, Lynne, I always think of you and your artwork now as much of my own work gets more and more abstract. Thank you. And thanks for your being so inspiring.