Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Trail of the Hummingbird

A few weeks back I watched an interview with Oprah Winfrey and Elizabeth Gilbert - author of Eat, Pray, Love.  Elizabeth was talking about always having a passion for writing and knowing that is all she ever wanted to do.  She recalled how she had received an angry letter from a woman who frustratingly didn't know what her passion was and put a lot of thought into her response.   She said that some know their passion and follow it and others follow the path of the hummingbird, following their curiosity.  She  made the analogy of the hummingbird flitting from tree to tree trying out different things and maybe finding a passion whilst doing so.  Elizabeth's words have given me a lot of comfort as I also felt very much like the woman who had contacted her.  I have many interests and find it difficult to commit to just one.   I live a curiosity driven life and am very much following the trail of the hummingbird with the hope that it will lead to one passion.

Whilst flitting from 'tree to tree' I landed upon' inchies'.  I have been wanting to make inchies for ages -  pieces of artwork measuring 1 x 1 inch.  The ones above are made from stamped card scraps that I painted over with water colour paints and wax crayons.  I then cut them up into 1 x 1 inch squares,  stamped over with some tiny stamps, added some redundant peel offs and highlighted areas with white and glitter gel pens.  I outlined them with gold pen to make the designs pop.  These were so much fun to make.  Now where shall I hop to next?

10 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Well a hummingbird is a very beautiful creature! :)
Love your 'inches'.
V x

KC'sCourt! said...

They are absolutely beautiful
Julie xxxxxxx

Helen Philipps said...

These are adorable! What a fun idea and how nicely you have made them Simone.
Helen xox

Blogoratti said...

Great thoughts from Elizabeth, and great to know that you were able to be inspired by that. Great work and warm greetings!

Julia said...

Very nice Simone and lovely colours. You could try the bear again, but maybe make it bigger, so less fiddly xx

Ethel Johnson said...

I now have a lovely image of you searching for the sweetest nectar whilst humming a happy tune... just beware of the cat! xx

Lisa said...

How lovely that little birdy one is. They would be perfect on cards or gift tags.
Lisa x

Rosie said...

Lovely, especially the first one with the bird:)

Lyn said...

a perfect way to be creative without committing to a large piece, love them. I too can never settle on one thing for long.....
xxx

Judy Hartman said...

I hope you will see this comment, Simone, even though it is from an older post. I, too, have always been fascinated with inchies, and yours are beautiful. And I feel that I share your curious nature, flitting from one type of artwork to another. Thank you for bringing that Elizabeth Gilbert quote to my attention - it makes a lot of sense! Hope you are doing well on your blogging break! xx