Friday, April 1, 2011

Bird Art ~ Memorial to Grandma Marj

I have 3 events coming up in which to take my art!
{Yeah!  So excited . . . some of my first bigger public events}
So, lot's of work to do
"in the studio"

sneak peek
{Check out my studio friends here:  Studio JRU}

In my art journal, I had an idea to do a bird series
in memory of my Grandma Marj.

I get my boards, bird photos, and quotes.
Looking for items to collage with . . .

Last summer my Aunt Janet had sent a package
from Alaska
of a wall hanging sewing project that
my Grandma Marj had started but never finished.
I admit that when I got it, I had no idea what I would do with it.
Until last night.

Grandma had cut these pieces of fabric.
The colors are distinctly her colors.
Golden yellow, avocado, russet.

Her favorite bird book
was always a
Roger Tory Peterson.

I found these amazing quotes of his.

"Birds are eloquent expressions of life and vitality
and watching them makes you a bit
more alive."

"If you get bored with birds,
you get bored with life."

"The birds are HIS heavenly messengers,
not unlike the angels
which are always pictured
feathered wings."

I will not be able to part with these pieces.

Won't be finding them on my new Etsy site
{opened this week}
{happy dance!}

Thanks for all of the support!
So many have encouraged me with words,
with giving new homes to my work,
writing notes.
Really, it is fulfilling to do art for myself
but there is something full circle
about another heart finding delight in it.
There is a communication with that person that feels
out of


Jodene (Jodi) Shaw
copyright 2011.


  1. You are such a gifted artist!

    Lately, I'm seeing birds everywhere. . .necklaces, prints, posters, but I love what you did with them here. So unique!

  2. Oh, these pieces are wonderful Jodi. So, so special and I am sure will be treasured by your family for a long time! I love the warm pretty colors she chose. Three upcoming events... you are busy! I like that your kitchen is your studio. Mine has been our dining room. We haven't be able to sit at the table for weeks! lol :)

  3. I really do love those quotes - and what a special way to use the pieces of fabric from your Grandma Marj! And it is so good that your art is getting more and more exposure...more and more hearts will be touched!

  4. These are lovely, Jodi! And the colors she chose just lend themselves to your collages. I really like how you tied all the elements together, her fabric and your photos, the quotes from an author she loved. . . just beautiful!

  5. You are so getting all this work done ... Congratulations and I love the way yoU are working in the fabric of love!

  6. This made me smile... my grandmother loves birds too. I love her colors as well - what beautiful pieces and special memories of your grandmother to have! :o)


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