Seeing the Whole

5 Jan

Noticing how easy it is to see  the daily dramas/events/interactions/comings-and-goings of life in isolation–separate from the whole.  Noticing how easy it is to fixate on one THING and that THING becomes EVERY thing–the ONLY thing.  For a while.


until attention shifts to the next piece …8

and then the next2

…all the while noticing how some parts are easier to look at than others–and some parts so much easier to BE WITH than others…

yet knowing–somewhere in that deepest place–that without each scrap–as lovely or as lonely as it might appear– the whole could not exist.
whole picture

17 Responses to “Seeing the Whole”

  1. Jennifer January 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    So much truth in what you’ve written! I love the piece!


    • patricia January 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      Reindeer on Skis–with grateful heart! and peroxide removed the blood from the needle prick quite nicely! Still, i’m sure CSI could find traces.


      • Anonymous January 8, 2013 at 2:16 am #

        I Love it!


  2. Linda January 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Curious to know how long it takes to stitch one of your lovely works…?
    this one speaks to me.


    • patricia January 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      you know, i think on the next piece i’ll try to track the time. it takes hours though. i’m going to guess maybe 20 hours on this piece–that’s stitching, looking, changing, stitching, looking–you know how that goes.


  3. Anonymous January 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Patricia – she is enchanting – lyrical. I want to dance with her! Truly beautiful…..


    • suzy January 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      Lovely & unique. What you write is very much how painting is for me –


      • patricia January 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

        and your paintings really blew me away


    • patricia January 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      well, she’s not the greatest of all dancers–but she loves to ski!


  4. Mimmin Dove January 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    I love her gentle little face x


    • patricia January 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      I’m always so amazed that just one little spot of thread can create so much expression. thanks for visiting!


  5. grace Forrest~Maestas January 7, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    and what’s interesting to me to watch and what the blog makes possible…is how your
    “Mark”, your “hand” appears over and over, the you~ness in the cloth, yet the cloth
    clearly has something of It’s own to say…i really like watching this….


    • patricia January 8, 2013 at 12:55 am #

      thank you, Grace–and thank you for encouraging me to blog. it’s more time consuming than I expected, but it’s keeping me “honest” if you know what I mean.


  6. Nancy January 7, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    When the last photo revealed the whole…I gasped and exclaimed in my head, “Delightful!” I love the the colorful, so all inclusive of many symbols, gentle dance and mappiness of this one!


    • patricia January 8, 2013 at 12:57 am #

      this one…well she embodies so much of what was happening when she came about. it makes me happy that she delights you.


  7. Jennie January 11, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Patricia, I just came across your blog last night, probably thru Grace’s.
    Your work is beautiful; thank you for putting time into sharing and inspiring.
    I’m a weaver and love slow cloth, stitched, woven or w h a t e v e r, as long as it is personal work.


    • patricia January 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      thanks for taking the time to comment! weavers are wonders–do you have a web site?


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