Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Long Journey

Haven, assemblage by Donna Watson  SOLD

Autumn is a paradox:  Summer is trying to linger as growing cycles for many living plants are coming to an end.  The Japanese have a word for this - aware - which means "beauty tinged with sadness."  

Eternal Truth, Assemblage by Donna Watson  

There is a crisp edge of coolness in the air as the light of summer becomes grayer and rain appears in the distance.  Even on the sunny days there is a coolness in the air softly singing.

Narrative, Assemblage by Donna Watson

As the silence of autumn creeped up on my lingering summer lights,  I worked on 5 assemblages.
I found this silence calming as I worked in my studio.

Reverie, Assemblage by Donna Watson   SOLD

The push and pull.  What do I add here?  Put there?  It takes time with so many choices, so many small decisions.  How do I translate what I am thinking... feeling.. into the small bundles and compartments?

Closeup, of Eternal Truth, assemblage by Donna Watson

The boat shape represents the long journey.  The short journey is from summer to autumn.  The long journey is a mystery, couched in the cycle of life.   

"Only nothingness can hold everything.  Something can never hold everything.  Be in the moment."

Closeup of Assemblage, by Donna Watson

"All through autumn we hear a double voice:  one says everything is ripe; the other says everything is dying.  The paradox is exquisite."  Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces


"Rain on roof outside window, gray light, deep covers and warm blankets.  Rain and nip of autumn in the air; nostalgia, itch to work better and bigger.  That crisp edge of autumn."
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 26 August 1956 Paris


20 comments:

Valerianna said...

aware... yes. I love how there are words for so many subtlely profound things in the Japanese language.

ELFI said...

tiroirs de la vie...passé?
très beau!

Barry said...

Hi D - autumn described as beauty tinged with sadness I kid that. Good to see the creative and thoughtful assemblage work - you are so right - sitting quietly finding the right pieces to tell the story. Go well. B

Jennifer said...

Simply exquisite.

Peggy said...

I so look forward to your thoughtful posts. This one is perfect for the change of seasons.

Tammie Lee said...

so many beautiful glimpses
of life
your art
your heart
awareness
thoughts to ponder
wonderful to consider how others perceive
lovely to visit you

Sharmon Davidson said...

I love "beauty tinged with sadness' as a description of autumn. Your assemblages are exquisite, Donna, expressing perfect harmony and balance; they are simply wonderful.

Sweetpea said...

Most definitely can relate to 'the long journey' ...
lovely to see these, Donna.

Seth said...

Stunning pieces Donna. I love the fact that your voice comes through no matter the medium you are creating in!

Caterina Giglio said...

Ah, the ambiguity of autumn... Gretel Ehrlich got it right and so did you with these stunning assemblage.. each one has such a great voice...

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Exquisite choices, placement and balance, much like a Japanese garden.

Magdalena said...

...it is a time of harvest...
of reflection...
Bueautiful work Donna!

susan hemann said...

wonderful Donna! such peace and tension, but the tension is held together, love them, safety

Velma Bolyard said...

autumn is exquisite in paradox.

Kim Henkel said...

beautiful creations, beautiful words, beautiful post - thank you

Judy Shreve said...

Your assemblages are stunning. I love the symbolism you've created. Your posts are always so calming and inspiring. Thank you.

alteredbits said...

love this new body of work so much, donna! you know i have an affinity for bird skulls. <3

Laura said...

Such a beautiful description of autumn Donna. Thank you for this and your wonderful art.

Noela Mills said...

Loving the assemblages, Donna. Your work always inspires me. Thank you x

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh Donna, I love your newest posts. I was just over at Jo Reimer's blog and saw her beautiful work from a workshop with you in October. And now I'm here seeing your assemblages.They are just wonderful, your compartments, your wrappings, I wish I could see them in person. Happy Holidays to you.
roxanne