Thursday, November 15, 2012

The “Exquisite Doodle” Artist Project, Post 26

The Exquisite Doodle boxes have all made their way back to me in Madrid, Spain!  If only they could talk for they’ve been with the most wonderful artists, in their studios and homes, quietly waiting to be worked on.  And now they’re back and I am faced with the task of conveying to you the magic they are made of.  

The first returned Exquisite Doodle box I received was from Bob Seal (Australia) who created a jubilant scroll with loving messages.  Bob’s amazing drawings make his generous spirit bounce off the paper.
Post 17 shows how Bob’s ED box went out (“Eye Am What Eye Am”) and post 18 shows how it came back (Trust in the heart!).
And when I first laid my eyes on Tom Haney’s scroll (Atlanta, Georgia), to my surprise I saw him staring back in vibrant colors.  He left his magic touch on every inch of the paper.
Post 14 shows how Tom’s ED box went out (“To Be Or Not To Be A Flea”) and post 23 shows how it came back (Setting the stage, where magic happens).
Kristine Suhr (Denmark) was all too happy to make her scroll into a murder mystery.  I hear she is searching for more clues, but the butler is not off the hook yet.
Post 11 shows how Kristine’s ED box went out (“Target Practice”) and post 21 shows how it came back (The butler did it!).
Keith Newstead’s scroll (England) gives an endearing lesson in perseverance through his delightful drawings.  And I must say that I have no doubt that Keith can build himself a pair of wings to fly with if he was ever inclined to do so.
Post 12 shows how Keith’s ED box went out (“Give The Rifle To The Hare”) and post 20 shows how it came back (Learning to fly).
Paula Joerling’s scroll (Atlanta, Georgia) made me smile and think about how nothing is more comforting than spending time with good friends, especially when there’s cooking and dining involved.
Post 15 shows how Paula’s ED box went out (“Onion Rain”) and post 19 shows how it came back (Going to lengths to be a good friend).
Lisa Kaser (Tigard, Oregon) filled her scroll with little characters that seem to sail and drift their way across the paper.  The contentment they exude makes me wish I could be there on that scroll to hang out with them.
Post 16 shows how Lisa’s ED box went out (“Starlight Serenade”) and post 25 shows how it came back (I recommend pleasant, and have you seen my Pooka?).
When I opened John Frame’s scroll (Wrightwood, California) I was struck by the smell of damp wood.  It was similar to that familiar “old book smell,” and it gave me the special feeling that what I was holding in my hands surely had some treasure within its drawings and cryptic writing.
Post 13 shows how John’s ED box went out (“Go Inside”) and post 24 shows how it came back (It is to this life I belong).
And I happen to know that Mary Lou Zeek chose a rainy day to stay inside and work on her scroll.  Just looking at her drawings I can see she did them with a joyful heart.
Post 10 shows how Mary Lou’s ED box went out (“Night Flight” ) and post 22 shows how it came back (Dream harvesting).

All the Players have given something which is most precious to each and every one of us, and that is time itself.  I wish to thank them from my heart.  They inspire us every day with their boundless creativity and devotion to their art.  And just like all great artists and performers, they make it look easy.

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