Wednesday Vignette – in the mind’s eye

As recently as today, a dear co-worker told me he thinks I’m as bat-shit crazy as they come. This assessment was delivered with a smile and, quite honestly – coming from him – I took it as a compliment. I’m glad my brain is able to forge connections – however far-fetched – where others might see nothing out of the ordinary. In childhood, I had plenty of time to lay on my back, stare at the clouds, and let my imagination tell me what I saw. So – don’t judge me – this one will probably be perceived as rather silly, but when I saw it, I thought it was rather marvelous.


The random spattering from our baked chicken dinner the other night created a rather desolate looking, stark, fire ravaged forest landscape on the walls of the baking dish. There is something almost calligraphic about the contorted lines and shapes. Not sure why I thought it was so special, but I did. And certainly, quirky enough to be shared as this week’s vignette.

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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24 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – in the mind’s eye

  1. Paul Nash would have agreed

  2. FlowerAlley says:

    This, crazy woman, is why you are part of my “e-tribe.” It does look like a desolate landscape. I am so glad I will not be the one cleaning it.

  3. Lita Sollisch says:

    We should start a club. The Bat-Shit Crazy Lady Club. I see faces in trees, tiles on the bathroom floor. You get the idea. I’m first in line.

  4. Dawn Pope says:

    I get it and I’m in! (TB-SCLC!)
    Living in So Cal we frequently see this type of landscape throughout our pour scorched land. Your baking dish rendering is very accurate! of a burnt manzanita bush!

    • annamadeit says:

      Welcome to our club! It would be a whole other thing seeing this in real life – a view conveying tragedy and fear of the future. I much prefer the baking dish art work!

  5. Kris P says:

    As someone who sees faces in the stone in the shower, I can relate! My WV references what could be a change in direction for me and my garden:

  6. Alison says:

    Well, if seeing beauty in that spatter makes you batshit crazy, then maybe I am too, just a bit. I think it’s marvelous. What a cool thing to share. Here’s my WV post for today:

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  8. I like Alison’s word choice…marvelous! I see it too, how could you not? And like Kris I see faces in the shower, well not my current shower but one I had in an apartment in Seattle years ago. I wanted to take a permanent sharpie and identify all the things I saw in that shower surround before I moved out. After staring at it for 7 years I’d identified quite a few! However the desire to get my security deposit back when I moved won out in the end.

    Okay, on to my (much less creative) vignette!

    • annamadeit says:

      I can totally see the temptation, but I agree it was indeed smarter to refrain, enjoy the deposit, and let the next person find his or her own tiled intricacies. I’m glad we have this gift of association – it makes life so much more interesting!

  9. rickii says:

    Pan’s Labyrinth and The Wizard of Oz came from minds like this. You’re a star!

  10. botanizeme says:

    We have been having quite a few one-pot meals that leave runes and calligraphy like this. Pattern is everywhere and artists such as you don’t discriminate 😉

  11. Love it! That explains why we get along so well!

  12. I love it! I’m one of those people who photograph interesting things where ever I see them.
    Reflections are always good, water droplets on yogurt containers, etc…..You’re an inspiration.

    • annamadeit says:

      Aw, thank you, Christine! I’m the same way. I’m a little bit like a dog that has to stop and pee at every post when I have my camera – I see compositions everywhere! 🙂

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