Saturday, September 25, 2010

from the past

Storm at Sea quilt, made in 1982

The following journal text was written in 1998

April and I have gone swimming twice today. The first time the sky and the water were the exact same colour, wonderful hazy blues that melted together. Swimming in that blue made me feel like an angel. Flying slowly, calmly.Now at 4:00 pm the clouds over Killarny have a pink tinge and the sky is slightly lighter, perhaps a purer blue than the water.
April in her shocking pink bathing suit made a beautiful contrast and the clouds looked as if they were reflecting her beauty. I wished I had a camera when I treaded water below her, she on the swimming dock, bending over the ladder, the reflections of the water flickering over her. Surrounded by blue sky with no horizon.

April wasn't even born when this quilt was made.

9 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

a fabulous piece of the past in words and image that stay with me...

Jacky said...

How lovely to reflect on your words...beautiful memories and I love the images your words evoke by your description of colours that day...especially April's bathing suit in contrast to natures colours.

Jacky xox

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Your painting with words and the quilt are absolutely lovely.

ArtPropelled said...

I can see the storm at sea when I look at your beautiful quilt, the blue merging into white, into blue. Your words paint a very clear picture in my mind and remind me of many summer days swimming with my children.

Jackie said...

Beautiful quilt, beautiful words. Thank you for sharing that lovely moment. Some of my best memories have been outdoor swimming.

Dolores said...

That's an awful lot of quilting. Wonderful.

Morna Crites-Moore said...

wow - look at all those marvelous stitches!

April said...

Mom this post makes me feel so....nice. I can't really describe it. It really does encapsulate a lot of the small wonderful things in life that we shared. And you did capture that moment! And we went swimming this summer too on Manitoulin, and it was so delicious....different than at the bay.
Love you mom, missing you all the time. xo

Morna Crites-Moore said...

OMG - I love your daughter's comment. :-)