This was a wonderful challenge, that not only had me consider the amazing, simple things I've seen when traveling, but to look more closely at the exquisite, everyday things around me at home. I reconsidered the garden spider, the germination of a seed, a cup of coffee with a friend..... All around me, extraordinary things are happening and appear so ordinary in our busy lives. Perhaps when we travel, we have time to consider what is around us with a more receptive mind. Then, it seems I can better appreciate a new approach to the predictable or when common sites converge into poetry. Thus was my experience with the chance, probably less desirable, view from a hotel window in London.
There was so much movement in all the lines - - and the fascinating way one rooftop connected to the next, on and on - - with Bert and the chimney sweeps dancing across.
This photo has hung around my studio for over 10 years with the hopes of interpreting it into something. So it is now the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Creating "Rooftops of London" was a huge challenge. I edited and edited and soon it took on a life of its own. The more I added, the more I needed to add.....until we stop!
"Rooftops of London"was created with painted silk habotai, fused, raw-edge appliqué and machine quilting. Thank you, Sue, for a wonderful challenge, and for reminding me to open my eyes and mind to acknowledge the beauty in the ordinary.