March 19, 2010

A Gentle Touch Feeds The Soul

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I am reposting this piece inspiring the awakening of life.

THIS ART WAS CREATED BY ME! "Dore Callaway" for her. I want to thank my daughter Hannah Bailey Callaway for holding my hand in all that she inspires...
I continue to marvel at the ability my daughter Hannah has in celebrating and capturing her passion with beauty in an artful life, as well as her heart. She moves you to tears, laughter and will take you to a place of wanting to feed the soul. Ephemera book and mixed media art left me with the feeling of needing to place our hands on this piece of art by using tattered POETIC book pages, you will soon understand why I had to put these hands to this special piece of paper art. Myself being an interior designer, and also an artist who works in mixed-media, altered art, paper and paint, found the needed to create around my daughters artful words in the likeness and style of this art piece. Her words as a child inspired me to do something with my hand and the hand of my daughter placing them to poetic work with paper.

WHO CAN EXPLAIN the nurturing, sustaining role art plays in all our lives? Perhaps it is the dream-like quality of art, and it's ability to engender ideas, that makes art so important. I hope my art shows a celebration of love.

The left hand is mine, the right hand is my daughter Hannah's, the bird was hers from the wild.

In 2010 when I created this piece for my daughter she was entering college I was inspired to do this art piece when thoughts of her leaving my nest brought back a dear memory of my daughter Hannah when she was 4 years old and how amazed I was at her heart and her fond love of caring for her wild birds. They were hers because they were loved with her heart while making sure they all ate more than their fair share of the pounds of seed we bought monthly. One afternoon one of her birds had flown into the glass door and fell to the ground, she cried yelling for my help and ran right out to care for it, as she picked it up stroking its head with her tiny 4 year old fingers she told it to sing and fly, you can only imagine what that did to my heart. The little bird was soon out of shock from it's near fatal crash into the glass door and flew from her soft grip. She really believed it was her love that helped it to sing and fly. So now you can see why I had to do this poetic paper art and how the words Sing and fly were perfect for this piece.

The paper art is now framed under glass and has been hanging over our storage buffet in our kitchen reminding us everyday to "Sing And Fly"


Julie Johnson said...

Gorgeous, absolutely awesome. Her work has inspired me too...though I haven't posted my birds yet. My dream is to head to a Brave Girl's Camp...but with 4 kids and a tight budget, mom heading to camp may be awhile. Until then, I'm going to continue to feed my spirit. I've been drawing bird heads these days, and clothing them in quotes and music, and perching them on unusual branches. It's been so fun....and I feel like I'm finally soaring again!

DustyLu said...

This so beautiful and special. Priceless..but, i feel guilty to say it should make more..Stunning ~lulu

Bonnie said...

Love, love, LOOOOVE this! So inspiring and beautiful. You are very talented. So glad I wandered over to your blog. :)

Have a lovely weekend!


erin's art and gardens said...

hi dore,
just found your blog through Daily Cupcake...and glad i did. love your art and inspiration that can be found on your lovely blog. new follower here...

The Brick Cottage said...

It's beautiful! And what a touching and sweet story behind it. I look forward to seeing more of your art.

Thanks for your kind words--they made my day! :)

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Dore~How beautiful! I love Art and how it inspires people.Simply Amazing My Dear!

Your treat is on it's way.I hope you can use it for something.

Thank you for all your sweet emails and comments your a special friend.Wish you were closer.Enjoy your day~Kim

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Beautiful art and story!

Deb said...

You are an amazing artist, I just love your work! Such a sweet special story as well. Thanks for sharing Dore! Deb

decorator to the stars said...


Donna Reyne' said...

This is an amazing piece! I love it!
You are a deep and is so present in your art.

Have a blessed day!
~donna reyné

Victoria said...

I love your blog and everything you create is amazing, I am drooling over your birdhouses! They make me want to be a bird so I can live in one:) So glad I stumbled across your blog:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Dore,

I read your comment over at Cindy's place and thought I'd pop by... so glad I did! I adore this work of art you have shown us today! Fantastico!
Stop by ddna anytime!

Unknown said...

Your artwork is truely beautiful Dore! I love the motivation and the inspiration behind it. You are very talented. xx

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Dore,
Wow ~ your art is amazing!! I love this....I also love the painting of the rusty urn! I tried to find it on ebay & couldn't find it?? Can you maybe send me the link?

Thanks so much for coming by my site & commenting! I love the inspiration I get from other bloggers & artists and I'm so glad someone can feel inspired by my little ol' site!! :)

Take care~


Anonymous said...

You're making me one, right??? Seriously.
I get first dibs Lulu!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Dore,

This is absolutely gorgeous!

You are very talented

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, which meant I've now found yours

Gail ~~

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love this--it speaks to me and makes me smile.

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh Dore, my daughter has had a little bird that sits in the tree outside her bedroom window (upstairs) and it keeps trying to fly into the window. My daughter wanted to take the screen off yesterday and let him in! haha! Your work is so beautiful! I just speaks to me!

Bonnie said...

Hi Dore,

Just popping in to say hi and drool over your art AGAIN. :) Really is gorgeous!

I'm looking forward to our internet cupcakes! :)

Sending more sunshine your way (and of course cupcakes!)

Queen "B" said...

Aloha Dore,
so glad I dropped in to visit you, thanks for stopping in to see me too! I've been crazy busy and not blogging as often as I would like. love your style

Jeanne Oliver said...

Your art turned out beautifully and the meaning behind it is even more amazing!!!

Amy said...

Hi Dore! Thanks for wandering over to my blog! :) I just love this piece! How inspirational!

Laura Venosa Verbena said...

Oh dear my heart is beating seeing your beautiful creation!!!! so glad we connected.. I must go back to soak it all in.. what a soul you have!

Unknown said...

Hi Dore, Just wanted to let you know that I have an award for you. You can stop by my blog to collect it. Have a great weekend! xx

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Your So Sweet yourself! I'm so glad you are Happy with your Gift.I forgot about your beautiful daughter though, so please send over your addy again to me.I have a special treat for her too! Just send it to me on my email address.Please! Hope all is well with you?
Thanks for being you~Kim

P.S.~I love your new blog/look great job.Moi

Amber Rose said...

You have such a great look and design! Your site looks wonderful! Your friend, Amber Rose

Donatella said...


Donatella said...

Thank you for stopping by. And for following. I am from Agoura Hills by Westlake Village and what area are you in?

Oliveaux said...

Such a beautiful picture with special meaning! Ax

Stina said...

Lovely idea with the paper art.:-) Hug Stina

Romeo said...

Hi Dore,

Just found your blog and am loving it! This is a beautiful post about a special moment in time and a piece showing your talent! Wonderful!!!

Thank you for sharing something truly special!

"Her" and Romeo

Bonnie said...

Happy Tuesday!

Thanks for the sweet comments over at my page. I couldn't upload an image here, but if you go to Sugar Mama's Bakeshop ( , your virtual cupcake is waiting for you. They have some of the best cupcakes in town. :)


Razmataz said...

Such talent. I love the simplicity of the newspaper, it creates such a soft effect.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Oh, it's so pretty! I love how you used the paper...just gorgeous. The little cabinet underneath is a looker as well.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Dore,
it's absolutely beauiful and elegant.Love it.
Have a great day.
Marie said...

That is truly a lovely piece!

Tricia said...

Yes, I'm still here stalking your blog and all of your great projects. This is one of my favorites!!! I have to add you to my blog roll so I can keep up with you.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Have had a wonderful time exploring your world....everything is so soft and serene... I love allll of it.

Your daughter's just a doll. Aren't girlies soooo much fun? I love mine too!

Warm blessings,

Drawn to The Sea said...

Dear Dore, I am totally enamored of every image, every sweet thought on your blog. I've been exploring it, pouring over the photos, savoring your words... not wanting to leave, finding it hard to move on to the next post even though it's obviously going to be just as lovely.

Your ability to turn love into creativity, & vice versa, is stunning. I leave here tonight so inspired, so in love with your blog. Thank you for creating this beautiful, quiet, joyful space.

Warmest regards,