On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Why I cut and paste

When I was about four years old I was visiting my grandmother, a treat since we lived miles apart and I didn't see her often. To entertain me she handed me a scrapbook that she had made. It was full of images -- mostly angels cut from Christmas cards and pasted on the black pages. I remember spending "hours" turning the pages, contemplating the pictures, wondering and thinking. This was probably my first memorable spiritual experience. Years later I asked my grandmother for that old scrapbook and was sorry to learn that it had been pitched years ago. She seemed shocked that I even recalled it and surprised that I would want it. As a friend recently said, "And you've been cutting and pasting ever since."

This collage -- ModPodge, tissue wrapping paper and a magazine image -- shows how cozy and safe I feel sometimes, like a baby squirrel hidden in its nest. (Click to enlarge.)

2 comments:

  1. It'a amazing how much we soak up as children and how relatives don't realise it. I idolised an aunt but she would have been shocked had she known! The book may be gone but it still lives on inside you.

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  2. This is so filled with comfort and warmth. Really nice. I see you have been working regularly and persistently. I'm working thru my mail so I will see all your wonderful art. So, what did your girls think of your collage?

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