One more post about marbling and then I promise to move on to a different topic for a few posts. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to give a couple of my marbled pieces to people as gifts. The first one was to my hubby, Emmett. (And yes, I count that as gift giving.)
During my last marbling session, Emmett came home from a long day at the office, grabbed a happy hour drink, and meandered into my studio to take a look at my latest creations (talk about a supportive husband!). He was immediately drawn to one particular piece--a large square of canvas that had a stone pattern on it. I was touched by his sincere admiration of the piece, which he kept returning to with much exclamation ("Babe, this is really beautiful!"), and decided to frame it up for him for is office. I figured that even if he decided he didn't want it there, I could find a spot for it in our home (after all, I loved the piece, too) or sell it at the Peach Tree Holiday Show. Well, I didn't have to worry about those alternatives as Emmett happily took the piece to work.
I love knowing this piece is in his office, that a little part of the creative me is there with him (besides the cards I frequently send him that he displays on one of his bookshelves), and that he finds my work not only interesting and professional enough to display, but proudly does so. He told me that after he put it up, the next person to walk into his office immediately noticed it and wanted to know more about the art of marbling. I love that! It's all part of my grand plan to bring marbling to the masses!
The other marbled piece I gave as a gift was to my lovely friend, Bill, for his birthday. Bill and his husband Kelly recently bought a vacation get away in Idyllwild. We celebrated his birthday there last month and my gift to him was professionally framing a marbled paper of his choosing. When I brought out my portfolio and started going through it, he immediately zeroed in on a piece and said he just HAD to have it. And this is the end result:
Bill chose a lovely bouquet pattern made on red Italian paper (oh, how classy!) with accents of gold (oh, how classier!). It is a piece that I knew was special but didn't know what was going to become of it. And then along came Bill. In his own words:
The stunning piece you gave me for my birthday continues to rule over the Idyllwild house. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the piece was made on red paper and is done in my favorite colors, red and orange with touches of gold. This happens to be the colors in the chairs of our living room and we had not found the right piece to hang over the mantel in that room. When Barb gave me my choice of about 30 pieces of paper she’d made for my birthday, I instantly knew that was the one! A few weeks later she arrived with the piece framed in beautiful gold and snuck it into position over the fireplace. I noticed it IMMEDIATELY because it so perfectly tied the entire room together. It even matches my FRINGE. And continues our tradition of filling our home with art made by our friends. So all hail to Barb, master paper maker and great, great friend.
Wow! Does a thank you or praise or endorsement get any better than that? I am simply in heavenly bliss knowing my marbled piece is in their beautiful, warm, and inviting home. How lucky am I?!