Argh! I meant to post this early today. Mighty sick kid, panic over absence of clean work clothes, stressed about how overloaded I am at the day job and minor money freak out (comes with the big life changes territory) was a wee bit distracting. I'm pretty much over it all except the sick kid. Still worried about him and his asthma but he's enjoying himself with an overdose of Scooby Doo cartoons, bad movies, and video games. Anything to keep him stationary and let me work. Never mind I'd prefer to watch Scooby Doo myself.
Alright, on with it. One of my favorite poems is by Rumi. This one speaks to me of that moment when you are at the edge of sleep and the portal to the spirit world and the Divine are just a breath away.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you;
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want;
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.
I discovered a new blog today. Debra at A Little Imagination and a Pile of Junk makes fabulous and fun scrap journals with her handpainted and stamped papers. One lucky reader is going to win one of her journals. Take a peek and enter the drawing.
I was walking on an unfamiliar street several days ago and happened upon this house of poetry. It was filled with poems to take. I love this sort of art giveaway.
I've managed to photograph some of the work I did in my Eclectic Thought art class last weekend. The class was aptly named. After struggling the first day trying to sort out what I should work on a friend mentioned that this instructor usually asks that students complete three pieces. Needing some sort of direction, I latched onto this. I didn't know what I'd do but I committed to myself to complete three pieces. In the end I nearly completed two and have a good start on a third and left with my brain brimming over with ideas.
Images from the sketchbook I kept in class.
This last image are the ideas for the third piece I'll be trying to finish this week.
The first book developed without any sort of plan. I've never worked without a plan and I think it was an important step.
When the book was nearing completion, I'd felt it was looking too "tidy" and I thougth it needed some darkness and chaos so I was considering adding ink. I was conflicted about it though as I didn't want to "ruin" what I'd done. Hearing this, the instructor challenged me to pour ink on and then respond to whatever happened. It was precisely what was necessary on many levels.
The second book was in response to an exercise to list 10 ways to draw. I considered only applying a pen or pencil to paper to be drawing. It isn't something I'm practiced at and I haven't enjoyed drawing in this way. In just a day I realized how I'd limited my ideas to the conventional. This little book is a record of 10 ways to draw. Here are a few of my favorites.
embossing & scorching
rubbing & drawing with wire
I couldn't be happier with the outcomes of this workshop. I've taken classes to learn techniques. I don't enjoy completing projects that are designed by other people. I have never completed a project as designed by someone else. This is the the most productive I've been in a class and I think it's because the focus was not on a project or learning technique. It was taking my own work to another level and not being attached to outcome. I understand now why it's so important not to fall in love with what I'm working on. That attachment keeps me from pushing through, from responding to what's happening in a piece. In effect, the work doesn't realize it's full potential and neither do I because I've stopped the flow. The challenge will be to remember this, especially when I'm frustrated.
"The idea: We have words that touch us, move into our hearts and resonate, creating a feeling, taking us some place- past, present, future- perhaps some place we have never been and may never go, but for whatever reasons, the words pulse in our blood. Meeting new words, new poets, new poems, new ways for my heart to beat, is an intruiging concept. Want to go on this adventure with me? It will be easy to travel along.
Many of us already do this sharing; this idea is just to help us find each other and hear the words we have to share.
The Date: Wednesday, November 19.
The Plan: on your blog, post a poem that moves inside you, touches you, reaches you. (quotes and song lyrics welcome). Include the author (or composer or musician) and source (book, album)- perhaps also the amazon link if there is one. no explanation required, no other revelation necessary.
ne last thing- Perhaps add an image. a photo. a video. a painting. a collage., if you would."
The Request: If you are intrigued enough, post on your blog about this Day of Sharing Words- encourage your friends to post. Who couldn't use a few new poems in their treasury or new songs in their hearts?
This is a fabulous idea. A virtual circle of words that inspires us. Won't you join me?
It's been a crazy month. Debbie has settled on going to school rather than find a job. She was accepted into a worker retraining program so most of it will be paid for. She'll likely also be able to continue to receive unemployment while going to school. She is so excited about it and I'm thrilled for her.
I finished my jewelry/metalsmithing class and just finished a 4 day mixed media workshop that was meant to help attendees find their language. It was amazing to be in a single class working on my own art for 4 days. I've never had such an extended time and came out of it feeling energized and focused. My instructor was Larry Calkins. An amazing local sculptor, painter, photographer. I'm considering taking his encaustics workshop next quarter.
I worked on two books and one hanging piece. I'll try to photograph them today. I also learned how to make prussian blue ink and milk paint, how to use a wood burning tool for encaustic painting, how to make acetone transfers onto multiple types of surfaces including enamels, and I'm sure other things I'm not remembering.
Thanks to Jane Wynn I found this fun swapsite called Swap-bot where you can sign up for all types of swaps. I signed up for a holiday ornament swap. I've participated in an ornament swap for the last 3 or 4 years but am not part of the online group where I did that so I'm thrilled to have found this. (aargh! I can't figure out why the swap logo isn't working. I'll try again later with it)