Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Corner View - Me


Hello all you Corner Viewers.  So nice to see you all and all the little glimpses into "YOU" that we don't always get to share!  Such pretty pictures I've seen so far.

This one is a tough one for me because I'm still quite happy to preserve my privacy and anonymity.  And that's not so much about YOU, but because while I'm anonymous, I feel I can be more ME than I might otherwise.   More to the point, the blog really IS me, more than almost anything I've ever done in my life.  If I'm not sharing with you things I've made, I'm showing you things that sooth my eyes and excite my heart.  So Passage Paradis is really who I am.  It would not be here if I were not passionate about everything I put into and on it.  On the other hand, I never imagined when I started this blog and chose cyber-identifiers that weren't already taken, that I might have to go around introducing myself as "Mlle Paradis" to total strangers, which recently I've had to do once or twice!  And felt quite silly.  So that part, maybe not so much ME!


Since I'm not going to share any images of a little-old-myself from some point in my life, present or past, 
here are images of a couple of things that are occupying me (besides France) just at the moment.  And I think they're appropriate to share because fundamentally, that is who and what and the best that I am: an artist.  So above is a handbuilt stoneware necklace that I made when I was living in Honolulu and doing ceramics. I love the Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone allure that it has, with that rustic but refined style that I do adore.  It says ALOT about ME that I only just got to stringing it LAST WEEK!  Now, if anyone has any bright ideas about how to hang a three-foot-fifty-pound clay necklace on the living room wall in an earthquake zone, give me a shout. (!)


This bottom image is matryoshka dolls that I have just gessoed in preparation for a little artistic playing.  If I am at all successful with the ideas I have maybe I'll try to do a giveaway of these puppies/poupees.  So watch this space!  And by the way, who doesn't identify with matryoshka dolls?  With their nested selves, and mini-ME's and iconization of the process of growing up and making anew young variations of ourselves! 

So I look forward to coming along and visting the rest of all of you!  For those of you who are NOT Corner Viewers....here's a link to Jane and Spain Daily where you will find other Corner Views and what it's all about.

11 comments:

  1. you see... that wasn´t so hard:) hugs!

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  2. Well, now we do know a little more about you with any big unveiling ! Good luck with hanging that amazing necklace!

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  3. Oh Melle Paradis these are so so beautiful! I love ceramics and these are simply divine! --hum "hello! I am Melle Paradis!" I love it!

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  4. Your blog and art speaks of who you are, your creative expression, your heart. Isn't that the self? :^)

    Love your necklace and nesting figures - looking forward to seeing more... xo

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  5. Also thought a lot about publishing a photo of myself or not, so I understand quite well what you are talking about. You are what you are doing and this is sometimes more than 1000 words! By the way, I like your artwork! ;-)

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  6. Good post! I say hang the necklace on the floor or on a table. Don't mess with gravity!

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  7. Hi, beautiful artwork ... like your post too :)

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  8. I love the Spain Daily blog. Although I'm still not sure what corner view is exactly (except a certain vantage point). Also I love the dolls in white. The simple shape is so pure.

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  9. thanks for being so nice everybody! and for reminding me i should try not to overthink things and just do!!!!!

    jessica - you might have to go back quite a way on spain daily to find the inception of corner view, but yeah, mostly it's just people AROUND the world sharing and checking in on each other in a loosely structured wednesday format. i emailed jane to get added onto the list. you can too, i would think! re: the dolls. always a dilemna for the artist. leave the canvas blank or.........? of course always tempting to leave the wood totally untouched as well. that's where pictures help out i guess!

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  10. Ooh, lovely smooth gesso! Can't wait to see the 'next stage'. And your stoneware necklace is beautiful - such satisfyingly round shapes.
    Good luck with the Jury Duty... I do hope it's over quickly and doesn't eat up too much of your time! Have a great weekend.

    P.S. Thanks very much for your comment on my recent papercutting adventures. The teeny-tiny scalpel is brilliant as it has a swivelling blade, which really helps with the cutting of tiny, organic shapes. Mine is of indeterminate brand but Xacto make one which you can check out here if you're interested.

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