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Solar Storm — A Big Splash of Color


Solar Storm
Copyright 2007 by R.A. Robbins

I like to follow the Daily Post Challenges.  This weeks writing challenge is called A Splash of Color.  Wave color in front of an artist and there is no telling what might happen.

The photo today is of one of my favorite fabric art pieces called Solar Storm.  I could go into great detail about my use of color in this piece and what it means to me — but I don’t do that.  If I tell you what I did and was thinking as I created this work I am telling you to see it the way I do.  You don’t have to do that.  I’m more interested in what the work says to you.

Is Solar Storm whispering anything in your ear, or maybe screaming?  Do you find the color warm and comforting, overwhelming or even threatening?

Precious Gifts

Edith and O.J. were dear members of my church family.  They had no children, but were adopted by many as spiritual parents or grandparents.

One year for Christmas after O.J. died Edith gave me a small Bible.  Inside it was inscribed “To my beloved O.J. from Jerusalem.”  It was also inscribed reminding me how special I was to both of them.

Years later I took Bob to meet Edith.  As we left she said “I want you

Edith’s Dolly
Photo copyright 2005 by R.O. Robbins

to have my dolly,” and handed me a dainty porcelain doll.  There wasn’t a dry eye in that house.

Edith has been gone some time now, but I still have her gifts, both tangible and intangible, reminders of the couple who showed me so much love and care.

The most valuable gifts we can give to others aren’t things at all.  We give the most when we give of ourselves.