Pieces of work, fragments of life - And an EDIT
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May your coffee cup be always brimming! (Well... this wish could be symbolic.)




The faves are piling up in my message centre, pushing back the llamas, who finally counter-attacked (llamas have a nasty character, you know) and there was a huge brawl in my message centre. I got away with minor scratches and a llama bite on my left forearm. I'm rather scared of going back in there at the moment and, seeing that I still feel tired after the tourist marabunda at the Gallery last week, I'll ask you all to be patient and accept a collective THANK YOU for your support. I keep your faves in my heart and will present my appreciation as soon as I can think of an original way to express it. :nana:

I'll just grab this opportunity to thank the stranger who bought a large copy of my "A Tree with Leaves":

A Tree with Leaves by ersi

:heart: Thank you, wonderful you! :heart:

:icondivider1plz::icondivider2plz:

I'm back to normal life! :phew:

I was able to wiggle myself away from my herd of llamas to write a new journal entry. Big, furry thanks to all my deviant friends who generously turned me into a llama shepherd. I had fleeting glimpses of the events through the computer at work, because I worked from Wednesday to Sunday as I do every week, only harder than ever before!

Easter is high season for tourism and we got hundreds of visitors at the Gallery. While llamas invaded my dA account cars flooded the village streets and the surrounding flat areas (very limited indeed) and tourists took possession of everything. The streets, the bars, the restaurants, the riverbanks, the fields, the mountainsides and, of course, the Gallery.

I ended up feeling like a robot who endlessly repeated: "This is an old paper mill that was in use from 1776 to 1978, one of nine that used to exist here, in Beceite. Different kinds of high-quality paper were manufactured here. Goya en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goya , for example, used paper produced in Beceite for his engravings. The mill also made watercolour paper, official stamps, banknotes, writing paper and the characteristic decks of Spanish playing cards. Till about a hundred years ago the production was "exported" to other parts of Spain, mainly the big cities, on carts drawn by horses. The paper pulp was made from cotton or linen fibers and the sheets were hang to dry one by one, as if they were clothes. The whole process was laborious and time consuming. During the sixties and seventies the local manufactures were no longer able to compete with the industrial mills and they gradually closed down. In 2001 Gema Noguera, a grand-daughter of the owner of this mill, restored the ground floor to make the Art Gallery. The room at the end of the corridor used to be her workshop. After her death in November 2008 the Gallery remained closed for several months and we opened again last August..."

I don't seem to be able to stop repeating that!

When I came back home in the evening I was dead tired. I have the feeling that the past five days were made of shreds of activity, emotions, back aches, questions, answers, gift wrappings and -of course- paper :D. My life was a collage.

So you'll probably understand why I decided to feature yet another collage artist here. She defines herself as "L' Observatrice" and her powers of observation are trully considerable, as you will see if you go through her journal features. She has a fine eye for discovering the inner essence of different artworks and is able to couple them in such a convincing and meaningful way that her paired features become works of art in themselves. I do hope you will view more than one of her journals, they are absolutely worth your while.

And of course I find her own work outstanding. Her capacity to take bits of this and pieces of that and produce works of art is evident in her collages and diptychs and throughout her gallery, really. So my feature today is dedicated to:



Entrailles by Izaaaaa
Sand Storm by Izaaaaa On the Edge by Izaaaaa
The S Word by Izaaaaa
de-limitations of the self by Izaaaaa
Stop the Train by Izaaaaa A walk with Holga VIII by Izaaaaa
Razor Blade by Izaaaaa Internal Bleeding by Izaaaaa
Looking Back by Izaaaaa
Just Like Erika by Izaaaaa IWantToBeAnAbstractPainting2 by Izaaaaa The Essence of Dreams by Izaaaaa
Montreal - Detroit by Izaaaaa
2-18 by Izaaaaa 2-17 by Izaaaaa 2-16 by Izaaaaa
Mysteries of Everyday by Izaaaaa
Laval + Detroit by Izaaaaa


The cup in the header is from Kaotiksymphony-Stock and the brushes are from iMouritsa
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hallv5's avatar
How did I miss you on the first go-'round of the llama swaps? Don't know, but I got you this time... :)

You're doing a very valuable service by continuing to build up the resources of your gallery... Too many things have been lost to history because people (unlike you) just didn't want to bother to preserve what they had...
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ersiProfessional General Artist
That's a lovely thing to say, thank you! I've often thought of deleting a large number of old submissions but then, I'm in them as much as I'm in the newer ones. I may not feel or think like that any more but I cannot -and will not- deny who I used to be.

As for the llamas... just don't worry. I haven't given a single one! :iconbuckclub:
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I'm glad the gallery draws so many people, even if it makes you tired. :) Beceite is firmly on my wishlist now if I'll every be able to make it to Aragon again. I have a set of naipes here but no Goya drawings unfortunately. :giggle: Not that I know what to do with the cards... :confused:

It's also nice to see Izaaaaa's work again, I've always likde the idea of imagine that hover between photography, print and traditional art. I must go and check if I've :+devwatch:ed her last time around. :sprint:
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ersiProfessional General Artist
Beceite, the gallery and lil' ole me will be happy to see you here anytime! :aww:

I don't know how to play the Spanish naipes either. To be frank, I'd rather play poker! :iconnaughtygrandmaplz:
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I'm pleased to hear that you have a fulfilling occupation . :hug:
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Thanks, Suzanne :aww:. I must confess it's more fulfilling when people come in a few at a time, so I can really talk with them, exchange ideas, etc. But the work in itself is very interesting. :heart:
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I once acted as an interpreter for the guide at our castle. I did it several times for English speaking tourists. I found the castle boring but explaining was fun. :)
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ersiProfessional General Artist
A boring castle! :confused:
winklepickers's avatar
It's a Petit Versailles. It's empty except for offices. There is no furniture. A few years ago most of it was burned down in a huge fire.
It's being rebuilt with a big European fund.

I know a few stories about the people who lived there. Voltaire spent some time there. It was inhabited by a destituted Polish king. He was the father-in-law of Louis XV, I think.

I don't like this French style. It's pretentious. :)
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ersiProfessional General Artist
The Rococo era. I don't like it either but I think I would enjoy a walk through your castle :D
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I'll take photos when the repairs are over. :)
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ersiProfessional General Artist
Oh, that's very sweet, I'll be looking forward to them!
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Repetition notwithstanding, it is a valuable thing you are imparting. There is a former mountain school near where I now reside, that was originally intended to educate the poorest of the poor mountain folk. Soon the wonderful primitive-styled craft talents amongst the people was discovered, most especially in intricate basket designs and quilting. Up to that point, such works were valuable barter items for food and general survival. News spread of this wonderful place and the school was much later converted into an art gallery and a place where top-notch artists would gather to offer intensive workshops in such things as jewellery crafting, pottery, traditional painting and woodturning. I spent one month there a few years ago, and I came away with new respect for everything creative. Even if I could never do such beautiful, skilled art as was offered there, I discovered that I could truly rest there...for the very first time in my life. Likewise, that I was not on the constant defensive for desiring art in my existence was a blessed relief.

This is the gift you are giving, wonderful Ersi, when you repeat the history. Rest assured for your efforts, someone walks away each day inspired somehow or somewhere in their life. :rose:

...In the meantime, a nice hot bath (as my mother often suggested) and a strong cup of tea works wonders for any tension. :)
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ersiProfessional General Artist
I need to make a hotbath icon for this place :laughing:

Thanks for the comment, Grey. I wish I could visit that gallery, even the school before it. I am actually wondering if they would care to exhibit some of their material in our Gallery. We may be able to organize an exchange of handicrafts to exhibit. American (Indian?) works in Beceite, local quilting etc. in the States. How about that!

Does the gallery there have a website? An e-mail so I can get in touch with them? You know, our gallery here also has a section for patchwork, Amish style! Oh, I'm getting excited over this! It couldn't be in the very near future though. If the idea is possible at all, we would have to wait at least till the end of 2011. And there would be important financial issues to consider: shipping costs, insurance, etc.

And you're right about people leaving the gallery somewhat inspired. Some of them, at least. It's like walking into an old tale. The massive wooden press they used to press the water out of the paper is still in the gallery, so is the old lift that took the paper stacks up to the last floor to dry. And the restoration was very respectful with the old building. Everyone says there is a warm, welcoming atmosphere there.
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Apologies for the delay in answering! It has been surprisingly busy with the family this month. :nod:

I took the opportunity to look up the Arrowmont group, and was taken aback at how the place has branched out and become so successful over the years! There had been talk of moving the location and the sale of the mountain land, but I do believe that has been put on the back burner, thank goodness. It has, however, been over 25 years since my visit there. Hard to believe it was so long ago now...and no surprise, I suppose, that things have evolved, though I am certain the spirit still remains. :)

Be that as it may, if you are still curious, here is the website address: [link]
:rose:
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ersiProfessional General Artist
Talking about late answers... :blushes:

Thanks very much for the link though I had imagined something very different. I don't think what they have there now could be considered for an exhibition but I'll bookmark them anyway and go back from time to time. You've been very kind to go into the trouble of looking them up! :heart: :heart:
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:nod: The changes amazed me as well. Completely different shift from when I attended. Seems to have gotten very commercial. :no:
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A sign of our times... :sadangel:
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Izaaaaa General Artist
thank you so much, for the kind words and the features! this is such an honour :)
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ersiProfessional General Artist
You are absolutely welcome and I had a great time going through your work :D
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Izaaaaa General Artist
I'm glad you did! :D
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ersiProfessional General Artist
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