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Many years ago, during a brief stint as a technology teacher, I was sitting in the basement of the school building (isn’t is always a basement??) within the walls of my cinder-block office and pondering things, as I do. While thoughts were firing off into the ether I inadvertently found myself tracing the computer mouse at hand onto a piece of plain white paper.

Later that week, I began to play with the basic shape during my lunch periods.

The mouse became my mouse. I felt such a fondness for this two-dimensional fellow that I brought him home. And, lo, these many years he has been living quietly in my file flats undisturbed. Until now, during the pause in my life while I once again ponder things. He is “outed” and here, I introduce him to you. He may be a little cranky, but he makes me laugh.

Be kind to him, dear reader.


Drawn with a black marker and colored with crayons in 2003.

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Lines

05/07/2018

 

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LINES

Charcoal lines. All lines curve.

Slight curves, concave or convex,

carry one life lived

end to end.

©TH 2018

Work includes the use of Sumi ink, charcoal pencil, Derwent pastel pencils, Studio Series color pencils, freely drawn.

Evensong

24/05/2018

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Evensong

Not in the guttural fragments of the broken words, but in the

singing of the birds, in the whispering of the leaves where

life speaks. And the soul finds rest.


In 1995 I wrote these words and created a letterpress piece, hand-coloured with pencil to honor this time of day. As I leave the place where I work – on the Close of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., does this tribute to Evensong, many of which I have attended and where my students sang their praises, hold special meaning.
©Tina Hudak

Minor chord

29/04/2018

 Minor Chord

My life is being lived in the melancholy

with moments of tenderness

all rooted in the minor chord.

 ©Tina Hudak 2018

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a toll

20/04/2018

This has not been a year of easing into aging. With retirement ahead, the days and months have elicited unrelenting attention to events filled with details that hold little meaning any longer. If one is in the constant state of readjusting one’s natural rhythms to the artificial, a toll is taken on body and spirit. Both of mine are bearing this toll. Through illness. Through a sense of fragmentation – the stress that builds from constant interruptions.

I long to do nothing. To be no one. To just exist and absorb the beauty of the world I find in my own small one. The plethora of birdsongs. The sun, on a cool windy day, seeping into my bones. The comforting weight of a warm blanket caressing my body as I lie still and silent. No obligations. No required responses. No pleasantries.

For a time, albeit, a small one in the longevity of my brief life on earth, I need this to ease into aging.

For now, I need to survive until that time in the oh so far, near future.


In my youth, I was at ease.

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“The little girl…who tapped into her creativity to bring lesson plans, art projects, and bulletin boards to life…”

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Our guest blogger is a retired, elementary school teacher who taught for decades with all her creative spirit be it math, history or science. Everything was infused with her joy of learning and always, with the creative spirit.


Submissions for guest posting on the “perfect O” are being accepted through the end of May 2018. Please submit your writing at my Contact page by clicking on this link.

 

Tribute2Seuss

Did you ever read his quirky book

While hiding in your special nook,

Or underneath your narrow bed, aloud,

or in your teeny head?

It’s fine to read together, too! (perhaps while learning to tie your shoe?)

If you are six and have a bigger brother,

The younger says one line, the older, the other.

In the end, they’re all read by mother

who goes from one to another, then another.

And then there’s dad who’s always glad (once he starts in fits and stops)

To read his favorite, Hop On Pop!

We smile big. Our mouths get wide.

We shake our heads from side to side.

We read each book. Our tongues get loose.

Oh, thank you, thank you, Dr. Seuss!

 

Tina Hudak,  Tribute to Dr. Seuss, ©1995 an artist’s book created with fabric, pastels, calligraphy & pencil.


Today I was introduced to a contest for which I submitted a very abbreviated version of the story below that I wrote in honor of Dr. Seuss. His writings dominated our lives during my boys’ childhoods – stories we all enjoyed, and those which I have continued to teach to my older students for their meaning & messages behind the words, such as The Lorax.
A thank you to both Brenda Davis Harsham and Vivian Kirkfield, “WordPress” bloggers.

Pieces

13/01/2018

 

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Oh, broken china.

Cold moon. Bitter winds blow.

An heirloom lays in pieces.

                                           – Tina Hudak

My mother-in-law was so generous with meaningful gifts handed down to my husband and me. Among these are many odds and ends of delicate espresso cups and saucers made in France, Japan, and Belgium. Yet with a careless move, one breaks. It is not only the object but the heart that is shattered.

Relax!

31/12/2017

Christmas break. This is the season. One where I have exactly two weeks to relax. Now. At this moment.

It is cold outside. Cold enough that the body tends to slow down, not from inertia, but rather to conserve warmth. I am grateful to the temperature for this very reason. It forces me to still myself. Of course, I venture out for the odd, long walk up and down the quiet streets of my town, but if I am honest, I am spending more time and less energy inside. Seated on the sofa. Or the chair. Lying prone on the daybed in my studio. Asleep early under the white, down quilt – heating pad set on low.

Yesterday, I mustered enough energy to make French onion soup. I felt revived chopping cup after cup of large, beautiful onions. Bending up and down for this pot and that pan. Slicing and buttering day-old French bread for the croutons. “Look how relaxed I am”, I say to my husband, “I am cooking!” He is nonplussed. He knows me too well. He knows it is not relaxation, but my wit’s end. I have no idea how to relax in two weeks, despite the soup. Today, I baked a cake instead.

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9 x 12 World

27/08/2017

Stone1.jpgIn order to create art, I have learned, the habits of working with materials, focusing on the task at hand, and the ability to shut out all “noise” must be daily. This is one which I have lost during the years of being a school librarian. However, all is not lost. Materials – pencils, paints, and inks – and my play remain important to me, especially during the summer. Few of these materials I have kept within the confines of my “art cupboard” despite the two decades where I immerse myself in children’s literature, lesson plans, and pedagogical dictates.

While books, especially children literature has always been a part of my adulthood, a box of Crayola watercolors, Studio Series color pencils, Windsor & Newton drawing inks several drawing pencils, eraser, and sketchbook are the tangibles giving shape to my art world, small as it is, this summer.

Two stones – one from 1986 when my husband and I were on the Mediterranean coast of France; the other, a recent gift from a friend who visited as a teacher-artist on a Greek island.

The works you see here are not complicated or even well thought out. Simply, they are my summer sandbox. They are my play. They connect me with a sliver of my past history and more than this, they nurture the quiet. To be in the moment where it is only about the lines, the colors and the spaces in between.


Mediterranean stone, approx 4″ (2″ at the narrow point)

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Greek island stone, approx 1 /34 x 1/2 “

written to honor my husband, MRG and my friend, BC, who gifted me with these stones
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