Friday, June 19, 2009

Theme 24: Whirling Colors in Mid-flight

How you choose to interpret the theme is completely up to you. It simply needs to be tasteful – no pornography or messages of hate here. When you sit down to create, you cannot think about how people will or will not receive your work. You are required to simply enjoy the act of creating.

Like a shamanistic language, flight speaks in different idioms. We can blast rockets to the stars. We can race across the sky on fixed wings. Ballooning appeals because it is more languorous and low-tech; it's adventure in an antique mood.

What a treat to stroll through the veils of twilight, to float across the sky like a slowly forming thought. Flying an airplane, one usually travels the shortest distance between two points. Balloonists can dawdle, lollygag, cast their fate to the wind and become part of the ebb and flow of nature, part of the sky itself, held aloft like any bird, leaf or spore. In that silent realm, far from the mischief and toil of society, all one hears is the urgent breathing of the wind and, now and then, an inspiring gasp of hot air.

— Diane Ackerman, 'Traveling Light,' op-ed in The New York Times, 11 January 1997

The winds have welcomed you with softness,
The sun has greeted you with it's warm hands,
You have flown so high and so well,
That God has joined you in laughter,
And set you back gently into
The loving arms of Mother Earth.

— Anon, known as 'The Baloonists Prayer,' believed to have been adapted from an old Irish sailors' prayer

There is an art . . . to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

— Douglas Adams, 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.'

Important Guidelines

The work submitted must be something you have created and/or worked on between the time the theme was revealed and the Thursday unveiling. Please submit your response to no later than end of day Wednesday, June 24th if you would like it to be posted on Thursday, June 25th. OR send me a link to your response to include in the comments section of the post.

With your response please include:

1. Your name - either first name, shop name or both.

2. The name of your piece (if you choose to give it one)

3. The name of the theme you chose

4. Something you'd like to share (process of creation, idea behind piece) if you'd like to share anything

5. The shop and/or blog links you'd like to include

6. Two photos of your piece or of each of the pieces (3x5 or 4x6 and 72dpi or a max of 96dpi - if you need any help with that please don't worry I'd be happy to help!)

Most importantly, let your imagination fly higher than you've ever imagined!


AlpHa Buttonpusher said...

OooooOOOO this is going to be a goood one :)

lisianblue said...

Whirling Colors in Midflight - lolololove it!

Albuquerque has one of the largest hot air balloon gatherings every year in Oct. It's so much fun to go out in the early morning to see all the wonderful balloons overhead, sometimes if one is lucky enough they will be close enough to hear the whoosh of air.
This could go many directions! mmmmmm we shall see!

K said...

Ooh, I can tell this is going to be fun! I already have some ideas for it =)

Natasha said...

AlpHa Buttonpusher - YAY! I'm so excited you like it!! After your Alice submission I'm excited to see what you will dream up!

lisianblue - WOOOHOOO so glad you like it and now I want to come to Albuquerque to see all the balloons - it must be something to see the sky filled with color!! Can you take pics and share in Oct??

K - Rock on, K! I'm SOOO excited that you already have ideas... want to see what they are YAY!!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Ooo - I have a couple of different ideas! We'll see what I come up with...

Natasha said...

Rose Works Jewelry - YAY, YAY, YAY!!I can't wait to see what you create...

I'm so excited...come on everyone sing with me

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

What a gorgeous theme! You've outdone yourself this week, Tash. :)

No clue where this will lead for me, but I'm thrilled to pursue such a beautiful thought.

Oh, and by the way... the sale isn't complete yet, but I'm 90% sure my painting from yesterday has already been purchased! That may be my quickest turnaround yet. :D

giraffelabel said...

...and another great theme! i really really really hope that i can join in this week. i have missed being able to participate! i have been preoccupied by the fact that we have to move out of our house when we did not want to! moving stinks! anyway, i think we found a new place (and i still get to have a studio area) so maybe now i can relax and create!

btw, love all the submissions from last weeks theme!

JanetDavies said...

I love this theme! The baloonists prayer gave me goosebumps which were smoothed out by quote fro 'Hitch Hiker's Guide.
Big hugs!!

Natasha said...

Amanda, Amanda, Amanda - do you know how psyched I am for you?????? That's AWESOME! I mean that piece was gorgeous I'm not surprised.....SOOO exciting!!! YAY - this is me doing backflips for you!!!!! And thanks for the kudos on this makes me happy I mean literally happy ...and you are so amazing with colors that I cannot wait to see what you are going to do YAY, YAY, YAY!!

giraffelabel - I am SOOO excited to see you..I've been missing you and like Salvaged I was going to write to see what was new. I'm so sorry that you had to move but sooo happy that you have a new place AND a studio you get to play in and create some more of your incredible works...WOOHOOO!!! I totally want to see what you will create for this it's like Christmas this week

JANET!!!!! Do you know how amazing it is to see you arund here???? You've been SOOO missed - what's new? What's cookin?? Oh I'm so happy you are going to play

Ok so now I'm a cartwheelin', backflippin', dancin' fool who feels like we should ALL celebrate this's going to be a good one I can feel it in my bones....


meherio68 said...

Great theme!
I so loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...
I do hope I find the time to take part this time. Even if I don't, I certainly look forward to seeing everyone's work.