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On this Halloween we thought you might enjoy this Dada and her story that we created for CPS a couple of years ago. Some things are just timeless!
Holidays are a time to gather together with friends and family, to enjoy life, and to create lasting memories. With so many to celebrate, how can you not have a favorite?
For Opie and me it has always been Halloween… from the time we were children putting on costumes to go trick or treating, to present-day adult costume parties, telling scary stories, and watching old classic horror movies. Not the blood and guts movies made today, but English Hammer Films, just about anything from Roger Corman, and movies that can raise the hair on the back of your neck, give you goosebumps, and make you afraid of the dark.
The movie Ghost Story comes immediately to mind, and even earlier than that was a black and white movie called Dead of Night, about a man’s recurring dream. I first came across it in the early 70’s and it chilled me to the bone. I was so frightened, I called a friend and we watched it together on the phone! I watched it again in the late 80’s with Opie and it was just as scary.
And speaking of bones and things that go bump in the night, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Dada, the Mistress of the Garden, created especially for the 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and not for the faint of heart.
She came into being as Opie and I wondered what the Mistress of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights would be like… if one existed of course!
The original triptych is in the Prado in Madrid (c.1500) and we are fortunate to have a copy as a result of a friends visit there many years ago. It’s one of our favorites and seems to be simpatico with all that is Halloween.
As we were contemplating this newest Dada, images of Witches, Vampires, Skeletons and Bats immediately sprang to mind, but something was still lacking. While She was both… She was more… She was innocence transformed and transcended. The Mother of all nightmares who devours the souls of the wicked and the bones of the damned.
But why her and why here? Did she fall from grace or was this her destiny from the beginning. Some things are meant to remain a mystery.
What we can tell you is she started out an innocent doll that somehow came apart and was put back together with old bits and pieces that oddly enough seemed to fit like a glove. Broken toys, discarded doll parts... Frankenstein’s bride personified with the delicate wings of a bat. Eternal, nocturnal, and insatiable. Empty inside, she exists only too feed, but it’s never, never enough.
Many cultures believe that Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve is the most magical night of the year. A night of ghost stories, tricks or treats, costumes, jack-o’-lanterns and séances. A metaphysical night, when the veil that separates “our world” from the “other-world” is the thinnest, and the dead walk among us. A “spirit night” … when thoughts turn to the supernatural.
It is the one night that The Mistress of the Garden is free to roam our realm. If you are pure of heart, have no fear she will not harm you, but if you are not, then beware the slight movement in the shadows, or the faint almost inaudible whispers in the wind, or a sudden chill in the air that feels as if someone just walked across your grave. It is she and she is coming. In the dark. In the night. And she will feast on your bones and bring your soul back to her garden… for all Eternity.
...and on a completely unrelated note...
This is my first post from my iPad!
It just never occurred to me that I could blog from here!!!
I AM an idiot...lol!
This will be a real game changer.
Opie was truly saddened this morning by the passing of this music legend. He said it was an honor and privilege to perform with him as a member of the Cleveland All Stars at the Topping Off Ceremony of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH in July of '94. This pic shows Bobbby giving Opie the nod for his sax solo. A good time was had by all.
They are truly rejoicing in Rock & Roll Heaven tonight!
OMG!!! we've been back almost 2 weeks and i'm STILL unpacking! it's been endless doctor appointments for Opie between his knee (a series of injections will follow shortly) and his feet (sadly they will require surgery) and our Coco had a laser declaw.
It's quite an amazing procedure... no pain... no blood... no downtime... and she seems so much happier now that her claws are gone. all she wants to do is pet and kiss everyone. she's the sweetest - most affectionate cat ever.
anyway, that's our very brief update... more to follow soon (hopefully)!
I'm convinced that Florida has healing powers!!!. As many of you know Opie and I had a nasty fall on The Cape in Oct. Both of us had lots of physical therapy with very little success until we came down here. I personally believe it's the daily swimming - coupled with lots of sunshine - walking - and really cool activities... like the vintage car show we went to in Englewood a few Friday's ago with our friend Mary who has a house there in winter but lives in the Berkshires the rest of the year. Then we gallery hopped and had dinner at her neighborhood Mexican Restaurant and it was like we were back in Mexico... it was THAT delicious! Opie took lots of pictures of the many unusual vintage cars - but this is my fav...
Sadly our time here is coming to an end, but i sincerely hope we continue to feel this good once we're back up North without our beloved swimming pool. Only time will tell!
... well it's been one month since we closed on our place in Florida and we're loving it beyond words. and it's not just the weather (which is pretty perfect) - it's the lifestyle that goes with living in a climate like this.
for the first time in decades i'm in bed before midnight and up at 7 after a really good nights sleep.
we ride our bikes around 8am and then swim almost daily. sunshine is now my friend (not that i sit out in it) and i can feel myself healing and thriving.
afternoons when it warms up, i'm indoors working on my digitography. i have a small studio just for painting and digital art and bought an easel and a duplicate pen/tablet like the one i have in our loft in MA so i can still work on things when we're here. opie just finished putting a scaled down music/art studio together, so he too can do his thing. printmaking and larger mixed-media art will be done in MA because our studio is enormous there... but this dual location situation has a nice yin yang balance to it and i can't wait to see what we accomplish in both spaces.
there's also a really nice art scene here and we're getting involved in our local art league and have been going to art shows in neighboring cities every weekend. tomorrow it's Venice and in two weeks we're going on a day trip to the Dali Museum (happy happy joy joy!) i'll blog about it later this month.
on another note... yesterday was our 25th anniversary and we went out for an early dinner because we had tickets to a "sophisticated comedy" called 'to be continued' right here in Del Tura at 7. we really enjoyed it and afterwards we went to the billiards room (also here in Del Tura) and played some pool. they have 4 regulation tables and we haven't played since we lived in ohio. i'd like to say it was like riding a bike - but truthfully - i can see i'll need alot of practice! opie of course kicked my butt 4 to 1... but we'll still be in florida for another month and i can only improve.
well enough for now -- although i must confess it feels really good to be blogging again!