Friday, April 22, 2011

PYSANKY



WHAT IT IS about 
this sort of folk art that touches my soul? 
I don't honestly know. 



I've lost track of which Spring it was 
that Mr. Bob accepted my suggestion that 
we go to a Russian Center in Hollywood 
to enroll in a class on decorating an egg 
in this fashion.


I remember little about the class. 
What I do recall is that it was traditional 
to start with a raw egg. 


I remember wax and a candle flame 
and a stylus.


I recollect that it was very serious business. 
No laughter.
I experienced an 
overwhelming sense of inadequacy.


There was only so much that an amateur could accomplish in an hour or two.


We carefully brought home our eggs....
pitiful little efforts they were.


Time went by 
and
one by one
our two eggs exploded.


THE END

9 comments:

  1. There's a good chuckle!!!!!!

    I have a hand-made Pysanky egg that has lasted for DECADES. It was beautifully made by a Disney artist and friend--a tough old curmudgeon to do such a delicate piece.

    I am thrilled to realize how lucky I am it never exploded!!!!!!!

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  2. I did painted eggs years ago, No More as I am too busy at this time of year. Great eggs !

    Anon Y Mouse

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  3. Connie writes:
    What beautiful work..............I know it requires much more patience and talent than I could ever muster. Thanks for sharing, Jane.

    And, a BLESSED EASTER TO YOU BOTH !!!!!

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  4. Your blogs are very articulate and have a hint of melancholy. I understand. It touches my heart.

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  5. My artistic attempts explode also...

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  6. susan H writes: I stopped this years confetti egg project the morning I blew an egg with lipstick on, not a good look, I let it ruin my project. Next year........

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  7. So much beauty throughout that post...and then you topped it off by making me laugh. Sorry about your eggs, but thank you for the chuckle!

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