Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Little Mysteries

The weather's been lovely of late - diffuse afternoon light, violet skies at dusk, and low thick fog. On a gray morning weeks ago, we finally made it to the Fairfax flea market, and I collected a handful of old photos along with a mid-century birdwatching book (which I'm sure will make their way into future posts). The most curious find, was at the bottom of a bin of old papers - a negative in a puzzling envelope. Across it's front, "Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S." was printed in an official typeface, the phrase "Birds & Bananas" penciled smoothly beneath. So very strange. I scanned the negative, and the image itself has such an enchanting use of light - blurred and atmospheric. An ethereal brightness shines through delicate curtains, and a spindly white birdcage contrasts the dull sepia of a room with patterned wallpaper. It's melancholy yet almost inspirationally calming in a collage with cheery yellow canaries from my sketchbook and a tartan button for good measure. It all kind of reminds of one of those cloudy, rainy days with intermittent bursts of blue sky and sun.

11 comments:

megan and melissa said...

I love days like that. So beautiful. Lovely blog, lovely sketches...what else can I say. Thanks for sharing!
Melissa
fiddlesticksandfunnygirls.blogspot.com

Lynne said...

Love your collage - am so into birdcages these days.

cindy : quaint said...

your collage is wonderful! the sketches look so neat with the negative. very interesting find.

Angelique said...

That's a lovely collage. It does remind me of rainy days (particularly ones when I don't have to go out into the rain!)

have a great day,
Angelique
(http://studiokiekje.typepad.com)

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

So pretty. Always enjoy your montages/collages. Thanks for sharing! :)
Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas!) from Hawaii.

Annette said...

Simply beautiful!

Design Lovely said...

This collage has a lovely mood to it. It came out lovely.

nkp said...

That negative image is dreamy, as is your lovely accompanying text.

Grace@PoeticHome said...

I always appreciate how you find magic in all the little, beautiful elements of life. What a whimsical surprise you found in the negative! The entire composition is lovely and totally ethereal.

Little Dickens Designs said...

Whenever I visit your blog it makes me happy. It's just such a beautiful place!

sara said...

Wow, that is lovely! It is exactly the sort of day you described... Thank you for sharing!

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