Sunday, January 16, 2011

number 6. a favorite object

next in the series of everyday matters drawing challenges...

i used to collect small trinkets as souvenirs
of my travels. i'd return home, eagerly
unwrap them and place them on my shelves,
occasionally notice them and (rarely) dust them.

i don't remember when i decided to forgo the multiple
small souvenirs - easy to transport but somehow
unsatisfying - in favor of challenging, large,
meaningful objets .



purchased in patzcuaro, mexico during a
dias de los muertos celebration when
craftspeople from the nearby villages convene
in the square, this candelabra was a no-brainer.
inexpensive enough that if it had shattered in transit
it would have been only a small investment and
so exquisite that i had to make an effort to
bring it home.



i upped the ante with this remarkable bowl from
fez in morocco. i had brought home a small plate
and an amazing rug from my first visit but when
i found this bowl - nearly fifteen inches across,
weighing in at six pounds - i couldn't walk away
from it. It looks especially wonderful filled with
dozens of clementines and sits on my console table
reminding me every day of a wonderful trip.

6 comments:

  1. These are intricate and beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful drawings, glad you had room in your suitcase!

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  3. Great sketches, love the candelabra!!

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  4. Lurve your portrayals of them… Sigh, could it be that I am back to blogging? Probably only for brief stints at a time. But how nice to catch up fleetingly :)

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  5. The details of the subjects are awesome!

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  6. Both of these are really good, but I love the candelabra! Wonderful tones and details!

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