That Mountain

That Mountain 
By Pauline Harris

Constantly
And
Consistently 
That mountain 
Has been there
Staying put
Watching me
Seeing my every move
Waiting patiently 
For me to make
My own voice spoken
No rewards
Just a gentle shake
Turning the crumbles
Into stirred up words
Phrases formed
From slippery slopes
And rocky climbs
A moments rest
As taking in this beauty
Climbing higher 
This mountain 
Once a challenge 
Now a companion 
Sharing in the awe
Reflecting on life
That mountain 
Became 
This mountain 
And we together 
Created our team 
To joyney on through life

The Creation of Phoenix Embroidery

 

Drawn and digitized by Pauline Harris

Drawn and digitized by Pauline Harris

 

 

An idea started the whole process of creating this phoenix embroidery.  The Firebird is found throughout time and a variety of places.  Phoenixes are loyal to those who are loyal to them.  They will heal those loyal to them.  When Phoenixes die, they are reborn to their lives in order to expand into who they are meant to be.  This passionate process of the lives of phoenixes enlightened me to create a representation to carry on.

 

In beginning of creating the firebird embroidery, I began with looking through the many images of phoenixes through the years.  The historical phoenix is represented in my rendition of the eye-head.  The eye-head allows the viewer to see and observe, then to allow what is learnt to be incorporated into the whole.  Within the wings are depictions of mountains representing the many paths we take each day on our journey through life.  Flames shaded, here in two colours, express the choices we make each day.  The arrow in the center indicates the balance and path we follow leading back to the eye-head.

 

 

 

Note:  The drawing for the Phoenix was made in the late 1990s.  The embroidery was made between 2005-2007, there were many versions of the embroidery as it grew into being.

 

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