Monday, May 17, 2010

HAPPY B. DAY BLOG! :)

My Blog is One, YAY! It has been a whole year of blogging my little heart out. What fun! And like any proud Parent of a One Year Old I want to throw a Big Party. So, on Wednesday I am going to have a very special Giveaway to celebrate and you are all invited :)

So, I wanted to share with you my very first Blog Posting here on Poppy Place Pdx. This was before I knew what direction I was going to take my Blog. It was close to the 10th Anniversary of the Shootings at Columbine and I had worked on this piece of Artwork as a way to try to come to terms with this senseless act but had never shown the work to anyone before then, of course it was my first blog posting and I am not sure anyone really saw it and I definitely didn't get any comments. Here it is in its entirety.


COLUMBINE REMEMBERED.




It is 10 years since the tragedy at Columbine. Lives were changed that day forever. This piece evolved soon after the Columbine massacre. The emotions were overwhelming for me as a mother of teenagers when I heard about this tragedy and out of my need to make sense of the sadness I created this piece. I have never published this artwork before but feel it is timely 10 years on to still remember and hope change has come.

The 3 pieces of paper represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit forming one body. The paper is rough and uneven representing the ups and downs, trials and tribulations we encounter on our journey through life. The red apple/heart shape has several meanings, the apple reference is for the teacher who died and the heart is for the love and caring he received from those students around him in his last hours. The apple/heart has a band uniform collar which represents the good that can come from team work. The Littleton bow tie represents the community coming together. The 13 teardrops represent the 13 people who were slaughtered. The pool of tears and the drops represent the “Veil of Tears” from the prayer in reference to all the sorrow felt. On the lower edge of the apple/heart is a pool of the blood spilled. On the apple/heart the words Revenge and Violence represent the 2 gunmen. The apple/heart is surrounded by the names of all the victims.

We truly need to raise our children to be caring, tolerant and respectful of others. Bullying should not be tolerated, neither should revenge. It is our responsibility as adults and parents to treat our children with respect and not to ignore them or treat them as property. What these young men did cannot be condoned and I am a little tired of the epidemic of victimstance, but we all have a responsibility to make everyone feel they are a valued member of society and I see all too often a rash of self absorbed one-upmanship. I live in a community not dissimilar to Littleton and I hear from my children about the general atmosphere in the middle and high schools, it is almost encouraged as a writ of passage that the stereotypical behaviours are pursued. I have heard first hand how some of the faculty and support staff speak to these teenagers, it would make me resentful. Teenagers need respect; I cannot emphasize that enough.


Well, that was a year ago, my blog found its way, and thanks to all the wonderful people who read it.

Have a Wonderful Monday!

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

16 comments:

Charlotte said...

Happy Birthday! Congrats on 1 year! Cheers!

Almost Precious said...

Congratulations T...mine was back in Feb.

You Art work in dedication to the horrific Columbine killings was filled with thought and meaning and is lovely. So sad that so many young lives were ended that day for no real purpose, such a waste, such a tragedy.

Teddy Started It said...

It's hard to believe Columbine was so long ago. It happened before I had kids, so I didn't experience it from a Mother's perspective. You put together a very thoughtful piece. Do you still have it? Do you still look at it? Has it's impact changed over time? I'd be interested to know.

Happy blogiversary!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

happy bl-irthday! :)

T @ Poppy Place said...

Hey Denise, I do still have the art piece, I have never displayed it in a show. I look at it every few months because I want to remind myself to love everyday to the fullest as life can be fleeting. The hard part is knowing that as hard as we try to keep our children safe, we never truly can completely, we just hope the world is not totally crazy.

Rebecca Watson said...

Congrats on a successful blog!

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mywifesstudio said...

Happy Birthday T.

French Revelation said...

The tragedy of that day was hard to take and understand and your art work is very thought-provoking. Happy birthday to your blog.

another way said...

happy bday poppy! thank you for sharing..

My Life Under the Bus said...

~*HaPpY BlOgDaY*~ tO yOu !!!! How far you have come in a year !!! : )

babalisme said...

Happy birthday, and it was so nice to post the first post.

Annette said...

Happy First Birthday!!! I'm so glad I found your blog and you. :)

Reading your post and seeing your touching art, brought back memories of that horrific day. Both my kids were in high school and the incident brought a new element of concern and fear for them and me. The sad truth is it happens far too often now. You created a beautiful piece of art from your heart and your blog is another expression of the beauty in your heart! I wish you many more years of happy blogging!

Your Friend, Annette

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31 everything said...

Happy bday blog :) YAY! FUN!

cabin + cub said...

Happy B-day and Anniversary for your blog!!! Hooray for 1 year! ;)

The Lavender Daisy said...

Congratulations on your blog birthday!!