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I love containers of all sorts, but the openness of a bowl signals a readiness to receive and that puts them at the top of my love list.
I am not quite sure when my love of bowls began. What I do know is that I have been collecting them for years. Sure I
|Stack of Bowls. Sketch filter added to my photograph. TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) transfer into sketchbook. Texture added with Golden Crackle Paste. Stenciled, collaged and painted with acrylics and Pan Pastels.|
Two of my favorites are shown above: an old blue-striped farmhouse bowl that I found at a barn sale here on the farm last summer. The other is a Target find a few years ago. I instantly fell in love its the color and texture.
Another treasure in my collection is the berry bowl my mother commissioned from an artisan to commemorate her 40th wedding anniversary in 1988. (We just celebrated our 42nd last month!)
One of my most cherished is the bowl I bought many, many moons ago for a future grandson. My maiden name is Jackson., my father's nickname, Jack. Seven granddaughters later, I'm still waiting for a grandson. Chances are good - there are three children yet to marry.
I collected bowls long before I read Sue Bender's books Plain and Simple and Everyday Sacred. Bowls play a significant part in these two memoirs. Reading Bender's thoughts and experience with bowls gave me some insight as to why I am so drawn to them.
"The Zen monk's begging bowl is the pervasive image in this author's continuing spiritual journey she began recording in her bestselling Plain and Simple, in which she described her time living among the Amish. Here, she tells how, back home amid the more mundane experience of her daily life, she accepted the challenge of finding meaning by daily proferring the beggar's bowl to be filled with the sacredness of everyday life. The lessons and stories that fill her bowl are related to Bender's life-ordinary events seen with fresh eyes and offered as simple ways for busy people to incorporate reflective periods into their lives. The simplicity that made her earlier book appealing is also evident here." From Publishers Weekly via Amazon.com
Bowls are welcoming containers. They are open and ready for whatever you want to place in them - food, trinkets, yarn, memories, wishes, hopes and dreams.
To sketch them requires an openness in itself. For a truly graceful bowl, you must employ your full arm to get the true circular shape and feel of the bowl. It's hard! That's why I often resort to manipulating photographs. But there's a bit of quirky magic and charm in a hand-drawn bowl.
|Bowls I thermofax screen printed and hand-painted on fabric|
|Mixed Media Bowl created with image transfer and fabric collage shaped and sealed with polymer medium|
So now over to you! What is it about bowls that bowls you over? I'd love to know so please leave a comment. Fill my bowl.