Archive for December, 2011
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for celebration for the year that is passing and the new year to come. I’m celebrating my achievements this year that include this:
At last I can finally call myself a Sensei, a teacher of Sogetsu ikebana. My teacher’s diploma was presented to me in early December at my Sogetsu ikebana class by my Sensei Jane Redmon, and I still can’t believe that I have it. I’ve told a few people, but have kept it to myself mostly. I’m hoping it will open some doors and encourage me to continue to learn and grow as I continue on the path I have chosen. My goals for next year are being set and I you make a list of your hopes and dreams and follow it. Here is wishing everyone a happy, healthy and creative 2012!
Friday, December 30th, 2011
This small tropical ikebana was done this evening, I know the large leaf is selloum philodendron but I have no idea what the bloom is. For the next few days I’ll be working with some more tropical materials, perhaps some leaf arrangements. If you haven’t guessed, I am away again and using gathered materials. I also have to spend some time gathering some vases or containers to use! It’s great to see what I can find and what I can do with it. No set plan for an arrangement, I gather and make what I have work. For me it helps to challenge myself this way and having only a few options with materials makes it easier I think. Too many materials leads to too many directions that I can go in and that can really hinder my decision making.
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
The last rose of the year from the garden, hard to believe that it’s possible this late in December. One of my new containers is a mid century Russell Wright piece (given to me by Frederick and his mother Phyllis), I believe it is a vegetable bowl, and I thought I should use it today. I added bits of cedar and ilex and a great piece of driftwood that Frederick found for me. For a bits and pieces arrangement it’s not bad. I’ve been thinking about how I want to work a bit harder in the coming year at more creative work. This time of year is when everyone starts to reflect on what they have achieved in the year that is almost at an end, then the setting of goals and resolutions for the next year begins to begin. I’m no different and in the next few days I’ll be working hard on my list for 2012, I hope you will be too.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Monday, December 26th, 2011
Sunday, December 25th, 2011
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
For Christmas I made this arrangement, starting with the branch I gleaned from a pile of discarded tree branches. Some magnolia and “Red Piano” garden roses were the next materials added, I so stepped back and loved what I saw and thought it was the right time to consider it finished. Then I moved on to finish the last of my holiday preparations. Wherever you are on this Christmas Eve night I wish you joy and peace, a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
My busy day included a quick trip into the woods behind my parents house, and a field nearby. I was scouting out some materials, and I did manage to get a few things. It’s gray and heavy rain was on the way so I had limited time. My ultimate goal is to go deeper in the woods where I know there is a wealth of great stuff(I’ve also been told the coyotes and wildcats are not around now, but was warned to watch out for bears). I used a nice branch I cut and some holly with the “Red Piano” garden roses. Not particularly ambitious, but clean and simple. Intermingled with all the holiday related tasks I had to do today I was happy to have something to photograph.