Monday, October 25, 2010

Orvieto journal

 While waiting for physical therapy on my foot last week, I browsed a W magazine and saw myself right then and there rip a page out.  Or maybe I didn't see myself but heard the rip. Nevertheless, the old me would not have even turned down the corner much less removed a page. And there I sat with it in my hand.  I looked around and no one was watching so I stuffed it in my big tote bag.  I won't even tell you all the things that went through my mind at that moment.  Well OK, just to mention a few; the issue was more than a year old; they shouldn't have kept me waiting so long; who is this person who subscribes to such an edgy magazine in this little rural town; have I become that person who rips recipes out of the doctor's office magazine; that was easy, maybe I could borrow a few more.

All of this while excitement was building with the bit of inspiration that I had just stolen and stuffed into my tote.  I wish I could show you that page but it's not with me here at the desk-in-town.   Anyway, it was a lineup of black headed young boys with bare chest and red socks all standing in profile.  I couldn't stand it! To me, they were a chorus lineup white hooded saints that I surely must have seen or dreamed of in Orvieto.

So that was my Saturday art in my Orvieto journal.

Show and share in Orvieto. 

23 comments:

  1. These are absolutely gorgeous!!!! You made me giggle with your ripping a page out of a magazine at the doctors office - thank you for that! Really inspiring Norah!

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  2. I love ripping things out of magazines but thus far have saved my rippy impulse for my own magazines. I can just imagine you sitting there with the page in your hand, feeling exhilarated. :)

    Beautiful page!

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  3. You are a rebel! You would have been mad at yourself had you not done that! Love the first painting...reminded me of my childhood!

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  4. I love it! And Norah, you don't know how many times I have wanted to tear a page out of a magazine while waiting in a waiting room! I say in both you and Sharon's case it was well worth it!

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  5. Is magazine page ripping so wrong? I do it all the time. I must admit though, I do it secretly if at all possible. Some images are absolutely compelling; they just beg to be appropriated for artistic purposes!
    Lovely page, by the way!!!

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  6. I love the story, it seems wrong but then how can one leave inspiration behind. Richard has ripped out things for me. I have bought a magazine for one photo.
    I have a chair piled with inspiration in the studio.

    Such beautiful work such faces all side view that one has to take the time to look at each one. And not the least the beautiful dress. this is my second visit. I always feel like running for the studio when I have been here.

    I am so glad the Rangers are going to the World Series. They deserve to go. I love baseball, listen all the time when I paint.

    I hope your foot is coming along so you can walk pain free soon.

    If I type more it will need a stamp.

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  7. Awesome! Can definitely tell it was a Misty Mawn class. Love her work, in fact I am taking a two day course from her at A&S Hampton in Spring 2011! Can't wait!!

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  8. I Love this story, I have ripped out magazine pages too but looked around to see if I was alone before. I love what you did with it and the journal page was so beautiful.

    Kate

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  9. These are beautiful, Sharon. I particularly like the top one - but I like them both. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I am loving this journal of Orvieto!! Beautiful. I have been known to steal a page or two myself.

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  11. lol! love your magazine story! Both of your pages are wonderful.

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  12. Only Norah can see a lineup of boys with bare chests and picture a chorus of saints! You are special! And now - don't laugh - squint your eyes and look at your chorus - don'y you see a left foot? Not really, but you know what I mean. Both paintings are so multi-layered and complex, I have to go back and stare some more. xo

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  13. I do it too. I sometimes feel so guilty about ripping out would be art pages that I finally tell the owner of the store that I did it before I leave..I actually ask permission, after the fact....

    I LOVE THAT LINEUP! Fabulous.

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  14. Welcome to my wicked world ladybug! I feel vindicated when I get something for free in the waiting room because I know the doctor's bill is going to be more than I can pay :O)! Lovely pages though! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  15. Wonderful Sharon, I was in the beauty shop yesterday and was so tempted by the hairstyle magazines! So many faces to choose from, but they had just cleaned out the out of date ones. I asked them to save the old ones for me. I hope they remember!:) Your pages are awesome!!!

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  16. Great post Sharon! Got a funny mental pic of you surreptitiously ripping out that inspiring mag page. So glad you did as your piece is magnificent! Adore your work and enjoying your nice smile!

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  17. So you are the person who ripped out the page I was looking for? HAHAHA. Alls fair in the pursuit of art!

    Love the pages.

    Darla

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  18. I have not been around for a little while and it was lovely catching up with what you have been up to Sharon. This post made me giggle. We all have a little thief in us lol and why not?
    Great art you are creating, I wished I had been in Italy sighhhh.
    Hugs Manon

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  19. So beautiful! Looks transparent. How did you do it??? Do tell. And the magazine...well...it's repurposing, isn't it? Recycling. Were you raised Catholic???!!!

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  20. I've read your blog for a while now Sharon...and I feel led to tell you that you have this "reverse aging" thing going on. You truly do look younger as time goes on...tell us, what is your secret?
    I love the smiling photos of you!

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  21. Catching up on blogs again...I admire the way your background is so stone-ish. And the play of the light saints against the dark background. This trip is staying with you for a long time...a very good thing indeed.

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  22. Sharon, I just had to share an observation made by my oldest daughter when she saw the painting. She said, "Why is there a foot in that picture?" I said, "Huh?" She said, "Yeah, a foot is right there." When she pointed it out, I could see that the right side of the picture vaguely resembled a bare foot. Wow! And that you were having "foot" trouble seems quirky! Hope you enjoyed the observation! I love the picture even more now!

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