Sunday, April 16, 2006

Studio Friday - Working Hands

My submission for Studio Friday are for working hands, mine and my mom's. Without all the hard work she does for me, laundry, driving, shopping, cooking to keep us all going and freeing up my time to do "fun art things". So it really is a tribute to her and her hard working hands. This paper weight of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning's clasped hands is something she bought when I was 5. I have held it, looked at it. cleaned it all of my life. It now sits on my desk. These are hands clasped in love and hard work.

My mom's and mine hands

And then there are mine hands. That are never happy unless I am working. Typing, cleaning, ironing, pulling weeds. But the one endeavour that really makes my little fingers tremble with joy is painting. I don't really care if I am painting a room, a piece of furniture, a piece of art. My spirit comes alive with a paint brush in my hand, paint clothes, paint rags, the smell of paint, and turpentine.

Happy working hands

13 comments:

lindaharre said...

kim....i love this image. so familiar:) ~L.

thesoulofhope said...

what a sweet post!

la vie en rose said...

what a beautiful tribute to your mother...and a priceless pic!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the image of loving hands! Art and happiness passed between these hands! Lovely post!

tiffinix said...

Beautiful post and stunning images.

vicci said...

I love this post Kim...I love HANDS..one of the things that drew me (among others) to my husband...he has the most beautiful hands! What a lovely thing to say about your Dear Mom...I miss mine! And ..MY hands NEED art...always need to be doing something with my hands!

firstborn studio said...

utterly beautiful...your sentiments and your hands...pure

Ulla said...

I love that both yours and your mothers hands look like 'working' hands, bandaids and all... So telling...

andrea said...

I LOVE all of this! Each picture, and how you described it and your mother! Awesome.
You truly have blessed hands.
a.

justjohanna said...

beautiful flowers. beautiful assemblage. beautiful hands. beautiful descriptions.

Meltem Sozer said...

In my language, we have a saying which reads "good health to your hands". I may have translated it badly but you get the idea. We cite this whenever we appreciate somebody's work of any type. When I saw your post, this saying was the first thing that I wanted to say to you and your mother.
May both of your hands keep up the wonderful work they produce for long years to come.

steph said...

This photograph is so inspiring. What we tend ot lose with age, our sense of wonder, you've exhibited in this photo. We sometimes forget to see the individual parts of things when we are blinded by the whole image.

Kim Carney said...

Thank you Steph, beautiful observation for my photos!