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Art of the Day: Monday September 07, 2009

La Vita Nuova

- by Barbara Doherty (MidnightZodiac Leather)

This week's theme: One Of Each

This week EBSQ's Art of the Day offers art made from leather, metal, fibre, wood, paper, clay and glass - one for each day of the week.

Art: La Vita Nuova by Artist Barbara Doherty (MidnightZodiac Leather)
In that book which is
My memory . . .
On the first page
That is the chapter when
I first met you
Appear the words . . .
Here begins a new life

- Dante Alighieri

A paper mache box painted black, rubbed with antique copper, and covered with a little leather garden. The purple rose is my "Victorian Magick" design. Beneath the rose on the right are iris petals shaped by gathering, and an indigo orchid petal shaped with flounces on the left. All the flower petals are garment leather. The spikey leaves and tendrils are tooling leather which were wet-molded into shape. The painting was all done in acrylics, mostly pearls, in my usual favorites like purple, fuchsia, indigo, and copper.

I Held a Jewel
by Emily Dickinson

I held a jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep
The day was warm, and winds were prosy
I said, "Twill keep"

I woke - and chide my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone
And now, an Amethyst remembrance
Is all I own


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