Saturday, January 2, 2010

Celestial Threads

The Jewish prayer shawl has specially twined blue threads at its edges, called tzitzit, to remind those praying of Heaven...

Each new day has possibilities of terror and discovery...and of course, for confirming what we we already need to be true of the world, even at the cost of boredom and constriction.

I'm working on seeing failures as partial successes. Put another way, aspiration is a good thing as long as it does not get made into a stick to spank yourself with. Oh, maybe I'm just getting too frickin old to be a pessimist.*

I am thrilled because I have socks to darn...this is among the projects in which success is guaranteed, we all need a few of those on the list, I believe.

Any thoughts?

* On reflection, I think this paragraph was inspired by this post on l'astronave.

23 comments:

Rick said...

Too old to be a pessimist? What kind of message is that to give to the young people of today? I despair...
;-)
Happy New Year, Susan!

jude said...

all things considered just about everything is guaranteed if we just eliminate expectation.
does that make sense?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

this post is consistent with the framed affirmation that hangs in my work space: "what appears as a failure is simply a stepping-stone to realizing success"

I've been giving much thought lately to the idea of new year resolutions, and my aversion to them. I have long embraced the idea that I shouldn't limit my resolutions to improve myself, to the new year. wouldn't it be better to have embrace a continuous improvement model for resolutions.

but maybe my aversion to new year resolutions is just some kind of fear of failure.

hmmmm ...enough thinking maybe I should tackle some of my holey socks instead

Jenny said...

All light threads including hair move ghostlike in this room beacuse of overheated radiators' static electricity. This post reminded me of that.

Eva said...

Yes I have. The word "Tantra" means skilful use of the "woven" reality/illusion. All phenomena that we perceive are an interwoven texture of mind.
In German, we call phantasies "Hirngespinste", "brain threads". And the word for reality ("Wirklichkeit") reminds of "wirken", that's creating a fabric and has to do with the word "work".

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

I have a literal process of turning my failures into successes. I take all of my "failed," or irresolvable, paintings and cut them into sections. Sometimes I cut out critters and figures that I like, other times I cut out whole squares, sometimes bits of textured background. Over time I reconfigure all of these loose bits into new narratives. The first painting/collage I made this way was called "Birdwoman."

And when I decide to restart a piece because I realize that it's irresolvable, I always think that the first, "failed" version was also a success, because struggling with it has cleared away so many cobwebs, and paved the way for version 2.

Happy New Year!

femminismo said...

Wow, Eva had some great comments. More to think about. I'm ready to quit using my projects as a "stick to spank myself." Thanks for this post. Love the blue threads through the old leaf. Did you find this pic? Well, let's all weave some fabric of reality today - best of new years to you.

ArtSparker said...

Femminismo- All photographs on this blog are taken by me, unless otherwise noted.

Cláudia said...

Do I see in this picture a "dead thing, a bird and a brocade"?

Dear Susan, when darning the socks, be sure to use one blue thread in the mending!

I am very curious about that promising work you were preparing as a New Year's present to your sister. Our loved ones are our best inspiration!

Dominic Rivron said...

"this is among the projects in which success is guaranteed". You must be better at darning socks than I am.

femminismo said...

Susan, I wasn't very clear in my question about your photo. You take such great pics around and about your neighborhood, I was just wondering if this was a guerrilla art piece that you produced and then shot (I, too, don't like blogs that use other people's work) or if it was something you chanced upon and photographed. Either way, it works beautifully with the idea of weaving together some reality. Yes, we are friends! - J.

ArtSparker said...

Dominic - Consider barter, if your wife has skills in this area.

Jeanne- Alrighty then, I get nervous easily. Peace out.
I set it up, and used the very needle in the shot for darning socks.

Fresca said...

It made me happy to see something I'd written sparked the Sparker! Thanks.

I love how Kaetlyn Wilcox uses the word "irresolvable" in lieu of "failure".
"Failure" sounds like a stick, yes, but something that cannot be resolved... well, that can maybe be re-imagined.

Dominic Rivron said...

She doesn't. I must admit I throw holy socks away.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Is heaven blue Sparkey? I always pictured it as rainbow coloured with a bar at the end of it.Ah, well!

Celeste Bergin said...

I agree that what appears to be an error can be the best thing we've done so far! Who is the judge, anyway? a lovely leaf skeleton.

Tom said...

i'm looking in that clump for a 4 leaf clover...could use some good luck in this new year

Deb G said...

The holes in my socks always get to big before I get to darning them. Just means I get to make them into something else. Always opportunities... Thinking about blue threads.

aleph said...

a certain amount of experience is useful if it demonstrates that´s not necessary to stick to pain, that most things are processes of slow improvement, but constant enough through time to grow. a simple fact.

AJ "Rohzi" Ellington said...

I think to think more like you, friend. I am young and a pessimist. Despite anyone age, I am of the belief that it never pays to be a pessimist. Cautious. yes. Realistic. Sure. But pessimistic? Save it for someone who's on death row. ; - )

Failures are partial successes, I agree. But only if you learn something from the failure.

I love this picture of the dead leaf on top of the thriving greenery. It's a very accurate illustration of a universal truth:

The living always carry the dead.

The Crow said...

I visited Fresca's blog and got lost in it for a little over an hour.

I connected with so many things she wrote. Thank you for the link, Susan.

And for the idea that failure can be seen as partial successes. No failure is a complete loss if we learn something useful from it.

:)

ArtSparker said...

Isn't she great?

The Crow said...

Yes, as are you.