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-- 20 August, 2006 --

EDM Challenge 80 - What makes you happy?

Meg Brooch
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.
'Draw something that makes you happy, and write about it, too.' So says the EDM Challenge Mistress for this current challenge.

At this point of my life, my cat, Meg, is what makes me absolutely happy. And why wouldn't she? She is devoted to me, or at least to my hands that feed her. She cuddles up to me in the night so that I am not alone in the dark. She is there to greet me when I walk through the front door at the end of the day and she follows me around the house when I am there at the weekend. She sleeps on my lap when there isn't a laptop or a sketchbook there and at my feet when there is. I like to think that she even gives me kisses on the nose.

I have done this painting on an unusual support for me. It is a shape that I punched from DAS modelling clay, using a kiddy's cookie cutter in the shape of a cat. I have used gouache to paint the sanded surface of the dried clay so that it looks like Meg. A brooch pin is superglued to the back. When the paint was dried, I finished the surface with clear nail varnish to protect the paint and give it a shine. Making art makes me happy. Learning new ways of making art makes me happy.

I am not going to keep this brooch, unfortunately. I designed it give away to my partner in a Swap-bot 'Create me a handmade item' swap. I have signed up for lots of different swaps on this site. When I started I looked forward receiving letters and little parcels from my partners but now it make me very happy knowing that other people are seeing my art works and might even be enjoying having them.

In reflection, this object represents lots of different things that make me happy.

Note: 29 Aug - I finally posted this little brooch to its new owner today. It was very sad as I like it very much. Perhaps I will have to make myself one, when I get the time.

Posted by robynls at August 20, 2006 4:34 PM

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It's a lovely brooch Robyn. I hope you make one for yourself too. Pets are the best...unconditional love. Can't ask for more than that. :o)

Posted by: Terri at August 20, 2006 5:57 PM

Hi Robyn,
Ages since I checked your blog and so good to see you are still so inspired by such a variety of art. You are inspiring me!

Posted by: Jilly in Newcastle at August 20, 2006 6:20 PM

Very cute!
I used to have three cats and one little dog. Now only the dog is still with us. I still miss having cats around me, but this crazy dog won't allow rivals :)

Posted by: Renate at August 20, 2006 7:03 PM

DOn't know how you find time for it all Rob! A prolific creator...

Posted by: Blue at August 20, 2006 7:57 PM

Wish I had your talents and drive. :-)

Posted by: Bonnie at August 21, 2006 5:50 AM

Long may the happiest continue.

Posted by: Detlef at August 21, 2006 2:07 PM

Lovely Robyn. I am always interested in having a look at what you do. I used to compose some of my best poems while at the
'Hills Hoist', it is a great thinking place.

Posted by: clare hansford at August 22, 2006 8:22 AM


I feel warmth and love.
I like you who makes such this work.

Thank you for the comment and.
I was glad.

Posted by: kuriyama at September 7, 2006 11:17 PM

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