Saturday, March 14, 2009

Freeways, Ferry's and Crocus, Oh My!


We went to Seattle this week and had the chance to visit my folks on the Olympic Peninsula. It was a bit of a culture shock, in a few hours to go from skiing and stargazing in Girdwood, to the hectic city  and driving in the traffic of Seattle's I-5. Seeing the peace and calm of where my parents live, green grass and my Mom's Crocus and Mini Daffodils bloom blotted out images of freeways and concrete. Mom has an amazing garden and though the ground isn't quite ready for her prized Dahlia's, she will soon grow them to the size of dinner plates. Seeing my folk's studio was inspiring, it made me want to make some more of my Shrine-a-rella's. Both of my parents are creative, mom originally worked in ceramics and now enjoys paper toll. Dad worked in copper and now makes assemblages. Dad and I share and send each other any extra treasures we come across for our found object sculptures and I could really use some glazing and brush instructions from Mom. Their studio work area was loaded with treasures, supplies and projects. I know where I get my tidiness and need for organization from...I thought it was from being a Virgo, but it cannot be denied, it is in the DNA!

4 comments:

Cynthia said...

I can see that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Wow - I love the shrines...simply fantastic!

I missed your shrin-a-rella post...

Crocus blooming here and I just noticed the grape hyacinths popping up. It feels early, but we've had a mild winter.

cindy shake said...

Hi Cynthia, thanks for the post. Yes, my Dad's pieces are really cool. Where he lives he is able to come across tons more found object material than I do up here in Alaska, but he's really good about sharing with me :o) The Shrine-a-rella post was one of my first posts -There is a link to it. I'm ready to make some more after seeing some of my Dads...BUT first I still want to do the ceramic decals -so many art projects, so little time -ha! I LOVE grape hyacinths -we still have a couple feet of snow. oh well at least the days are longer now.

Linda Starr said...

How fun to have a whole family of artists. I love the Pacific Northwest, we almost moved there, what great photos and your shrine a rella's are so creative.

cindy shake said...

Hi Linda- thank you for the post. Yes, we miss mom & dad since they retired from AK and moved to the warmer climes of WA. I'm surprised my dad fits in as much art as he does with GOLFING EVERY DAY! ha!