Back to Work and YAY!

So I have my tiny canvases and I've already got my focus and theme for my next series. I really thought it was going to be Mookaite Angels, but they will have to wait.

Influenced by Maureen Murdock's excellent book, "The Heroine's Journey," seen through the lens of the events of my life at present, I became fixed on the following quote from Russell Crowe's Robin Hood movie - "Rise and rise again."*

That's what we do. Over and over. We rise and rise again. It's rarely as epic as overthrowing a tyrant - it's often as small (and huge) as overcoming doubt. It's every day stuff. We revisit the same themes in our lives, in a continuous spiral, a dance of life passing through joy and pain and love and loss and putting our heads down and just bulling through, getting each job done and moving to the next with as much grace and grit as we can pull together.

To honor those passages, this particular series is "Rise, and Rise Again."

I love the first stages of putting a piece together - going through all my beads - and I mean ALL my beads - Asa says it's like watching a child at Christmas plundering presents. Letting the elements come together, making conscious and unconscious choices, refining the selection to something manageable, then letting the whole thing tell me what to do. Then the real fun/work begins.

So here's the Fun In Progress pictures.
 This is after the first culling.

Second culling.

Current piece:

The joy is in the doing, the making, the realizing. I am joyous today.

So, more later.

*The full quote has been attributed to "The Holy Book of Destiny,"
"And when they seek to oppress you
And when they try to destroy you,
Rise and Rise again and again
Like The Phoenix from the ashes
Until the Lambs have become Lions
and the Rule of Darkness 
is no more"


  1. So fabulous to see you return to these, Morwyn!
    I missed out last time - but not now ... I MUST have one this time around ;>]
    Do let us know when they hit your shop, k?

    1. You'll be the first to hear, Christi!

  2. Beautiful.

    I love going through my beads and grabbing what will possibly work in a project. I end up using most of what I pick out but almost always have to go back to find a replacement for what just isn't working.

    1. Thanks, KJ! And thanks for taking the time to comment - sometimes I wonder if I'm shouting down a well!

  3. Thanks for the "heads-up" on the blog posts. I always love to check in and see your progress. This is a very pretty piece!
    That's how I like to put a piece together too, and it's so exciting when you come across the elements that you just know are going to be so perfect together!
    Grace (in Tucson)

    1. Hey, Grace! Good to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by!


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