Mental space has been a little hard to find in recent days - so this is a reminder to myself that its something I really NEED and actually can't live without.
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Saturday, 15 July 2017
So I wanted to make something beautiful, and not yet another page grumbling about how difficult my life is etc etc. Its good to get that stuff off my chest, but its not the whole of life, is it? Below is a background I'd already made on a day when I wasn't up to much else. Sometimes when I look through these in my journal one of them will just shout "me, me!" and this one did.
It would be frighteningly easy to sit here in my studio, day after day, and feel sorry for myself, or become stuck in introspection. But outside my window is a tree where the bird feeders hang, and a jay with a wonderful blue streak on his wings has been coming recently. Plus the hydrangeas are out and they are palest pink. I love those even when the heads fade and die - in decay they have an additional beauty. Then there's a creeper joyfully romping up the black trellis which is supposed to hide the bins and the garage wall .... there's so MUCH out there. I just have to remember to look and appreciate it. And I did.
Sunday, 2 July 2017
I was in that place when I sat down to work in my journal - just me, in a quiet room (no music or talk radio) and my art materials. Sometimes the most I can do is make backgrounds, and I never really worry whether I like them or not because I'm going to work on top of them.
With this one I had some vague ideas about roses, so that's why I painted pink patches onto the orange page which I half intended to make into roses.
It seems strange to me that when I'm overloaded I should end up filling a page with colour and pattern, but somehow that is restful to my soul. Perhaps its because I'm choosing to allow it to come out of my inner core rather than it assaulting me from outside?
Sorry I missed last week - I've been very tired lately and needed to take life gently. Thanks for sticking with me.