Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Laughing Girl

Is it ironic that my blog is called Laughing Girl Quilts and I'm always whining?

Lori, laughing.

This photograph is why I've named my company Laughing Girl Quilts.  I love this photograph of me, and about the time I started doing craft shows in Maryland, I unearthed it. Don't you love my little fingers gripping the bowl as if I'm afraid the camera wielder will yank it from me.  Maybe my brother was close by.


 I based one of my self-portrait quilts on this photograph.  My therapist might be able to tell you why I included only the laugh.  Something about my invisibility in my family unless I was happy and pleasant, I suspect, but I won't go too far into that here, too whiny. 

The Officer and the Laughing Girl by Johannes Vermeer from The Essential Vermeer
There is also the Vermeer painting called "The Officer and the Laughing Girl," and since I'm married to an officer, I liked both the personal and the historical reference. I also like that the painting has the same yellows in it as my photograph, which is very yellowed with age.

I really am a cheerful person, but I often share difficulties here because I think we sometimes struggle with our creativity in silence and I want to give voice to it.  But even in the struggles, I'm a glass half full kind of girl, and I hope that shows through.

Blessing to everyone who reads this; thanks for stopping by.  May your lives be full of laughter.


Judy Whelley said...

Lori I loved this post! The thread running through is both touching and evocative. You are definitely a half full plus girl. I recently learned that girl stands for goddess in real life... sounds right!

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

The back of the chair in the photo makes it looks like you have wings!

LaughingLG said...

Pam, That's interesting. The self portraits I did next were a series of figures with wings--sort of a representation of my inner self. One of them is on the sidebar of the main page, "The Way Opens." I wonder if my wings in the picture unconsciously inspired me. Hmmm.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I kind of suspect people who act happy ALL the time, it's as if they are trying to mask they are not happy. I kind of feel you share the yin and yang, but don't dwell on the darker side of life.

thanks for the lovely comment on my blog :)

JafaBrit's Art said...

ps. I too like the photo and how you used it for your quilt.