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Leslie Avon Miller

My life flows when I'm in my art.

Jean De Muzio

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Notice Each Thing

We are here to witness the creation and abet it. We are here to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed. Together we notice not only each mountain shadow and each stone on the beach but, especially, we notice the beautiful faces and complex natures of each other. 

We are here to bring to consciousness the beauty and power that are around us and to praise the people who are here with us. We witness our generation and our times. We watch the weather. Otherwise, creation would be playing to an empty house.


According to the second law of thermodynamics, things fall apart. Structures disintegrate.

Buckminster Fuller hinted at a reason we are here: By creating things, by thinking up new combinations, we counteract this flow of entropy. We make new structures, new wholeness, so the universe comes out even. 

A shepherd on a hilltop who looks at a mess of stars and thinks, ‘There’s a hunter, a plow, a fish,’ is making mental connections that have as much real force in the universe as the very fires in those stars themselves.
~ Annie Dillard


Witness. Yes, we can do that for one another. These paper structures, created with rusted and water colored papers, evolved from the need to create. Of course they evolved. For instance, we worked surrounded by long pine needles so they became the center of a flower. 

In a tree, on some rusty springs, in the brush, amongst the dried flowers from summer we set up the paper flowers and took photographs. 

          My niece and I walked around and found several different appealing placements.

 These are the new structures, the wholeness we contribute to the universe. And I       have returned home with boxes of pine cones, pine needles and dried summer        flowers. 

  More to come.


  1. Creative and stunning. And I do like the concept of creating as a way of balancing the universe!

  2. Interesting idea - resetting the balance. Like out-of-chaos-comes-order sort of thing. Funny you should mention the creation playing to an empty house too, my daughter was talking about the thought that if a tree rustles in the breeze but no-one was there to hear it, did it really happen? She's a deep thinker, that one!
    Beautiful flowers, so subtle and delicate :)

  3. wonderful to point out "noticing"... we do it and sometimes don't realize it.. it absorbs into us by osmosis. lovely to Notice we are doing it.

  4. Beautiful photography.... and oh the colours! I can see you both had a wonderful time creating the flowers and photographing them. I'm sure the conversation was good too!

  5. Absolute beauty in words and images! I especially like the small bit of printed paper in the flower folds. A thoughtful post Leslie.

  6. So happy to see this post. Love the idea of art as witness to the beauty in nature and ourselves, and then your beautiful flowers manifesting the concept. It is a pleasure to notice each thing here.

  7. So many things to love here, the colours of the papers, the forms of the flowers. The reminder to pay attention and observe. Loving that you are back!

  8. Hi LAM - I love the thought that we can and do share and introduce each other to the beauty that surrounds us as we look at things with different eyes. Go well. B

  9. These new flowers and the rusty colors are absolutely lovely, as is this post about your time with your niece. Lucky girl to have your influence in her life. I'm also loving the new header that compliments and announces this new direction. You are SO creative. and influential... now I want to make flowers, too.

  10. so delicate and beautiful and it's a colour palette that resonates deeply with me. Glad to see you finding artful ways that support the health of your body!

  11. With your busy work and home schedule, you are so good at finding ways to be and stay creative and as usual your thoughts and words of life and art are lovely.

  12. Your posts continue to be an inspiration to me. Thank you.


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