Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

To those of you who celebrate it, a most Happy Easter to one and all.  To everyone else, Happy Spring (or Autumn for those of you in the Southern hemisphere).

The above photo shows my wonderful Indian-style truck, that sports various loads throughout the year.  Right now is is full of eggs....pysanka eggs and decorative eggs.  Pysanka eggs are also called Ukrainian Easter eggs.

There are people who make the most amazing pysanka, but I am not one of them.  Years ago I did a few, badly, that I have kept safe and stored in an old egg carton most of the year, but the real thing is just a glorious jewel-like egg, full of Orthodox symbols.

The few examples here are mine.  I am proud of them because they took me hours and hours of time, but they are not glorious and they are only pysanka in the most broad definition.

You take an egg that has had its innards blown out, then a little do-hinkie called a kistka (stylus) that lets you draw on the egg with molten bee's wax, and you draw and then dip the egg in ever darker colors of dye. It is laborious, pains-taking work, and I was never any good at it.  But it was fun to try.

 Trying something new is always good, even if your results are MUCH less than perfect.  Trying out an art or craft from another culture is also a fun thing to do and, I believe, makes you more open-minded and hopefully, more tolerant.  And that, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.


Anonymous said...

Wow! You are a talented easter egg creater. Really. Something to aspire to in the future.

Jennie said...

I love seeing what is currently living in the truck! Happy Easter!!!

diane b said...

You are so right. trying Art from other cultures is a good thing. You did well.

Gwen said...

I am inspired by you, and your willingness to try new things!! And I think that the eggs look pretty darn good!