From my play book – Where do all the birds go on Halloween?
A letter is holy. A story
is holy hands reaching out into the world.
Birds come home
across distance I can’t conceive
and live in their bodies.
Ash in the air. Every place I’ve been
is on fire with words.
I throw away all my love letters
without noticing. Mountains
in the heart.
to me? I leave the world
all the time. These arms, these
fingers, this tongue, these feet,
and their bent wings. I know
it will be dirt, the prayers
now in marrow will retake
earth. I will live inside whatever flies
Burning, the brink of all things.
by Eireann Lorsung from Music For Landing Planes By: poems
It’s cooler today and lots of birds are calling back and forth to each other just outside. On days like this I hear a line of a poem in my head over and over. “I will live inside whatever flies.” Meanwhile my red raven appears in the night. Happy Halloween! Don’t let the goblins get you tomorrow!
Mini Paintings – The ornaments are done!
What does one do when home sick with a cold and killer cough that takes your voice away? I tried to work on larger paintings but coughing and painting at the same time just didn’t work… but short bits here and there did. I finished up 46 ornaments and sent 20 off to the Morean Arts Center for their holiday show along with 4 of my story boxes. The rest will get posted to my Etsy Shop in November! NOW I can happily move on to some bigger things soon!
From my journal – More Play Book Fun
The spiral of life… mandalas… circles… they keep appearing as if sending me a message I cannot yet decipher. What messages are coming to you?
“Each persons life is like a mandala, a vast limitless circle. We stand in the center of our circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life. – Pema Chodron
From my journal – Play Book pages
The note to myself in the front of this book comes from Joe Garcia, author of The WaterColor Bible..
“Take your sketchbook seriously; it will help you in every aspect of your art. Keep and date your sketches and watch your improvement. Your sketches can be the foundation of future pairings and will add freshness to your studio work.”
Well, I have been thinking about this a lot because I am rather stalled in my studio work… that’s my larger pieces… the works on canvas, but I have really been enjoying the freedom and spontaneity I achieve in my play book and my journal. Also reading the blog posts on patenting process from Nicolas Wilton have been spurring me to let loose, paint over, don’t overthink. And that’s exactly what I have been doing! Over thinking? Yikes! Are you over thinking, or do you feel free and easy with your work. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one that struggles with this…. when it should be fun – and not a struggle.
From my journal – Experiments in my Play Book
Note to myself – Visualize Change… You’re ready to switch mindsets, but change is uncomfortable. Take your focus off thinking about the possibility of failure and view your life as an experimental process. That way it’s easier to overcome challenges
From my journal – Moon Pages
An advantage of insomnia is that you are awake to see the Blood Moon and the Eclipse at 5:30am! There were a lot of clouds and fog but it made the eclipse seem all that much more mysterious… from October 8.
Art for Appetizers – Woodburning & ATC’s
I am taking Woodburning for Mixed-Media Artists with Carla Sonheim – an online course. Mark making and drawing with a woodburning tool and some watercolors on paper is fun, fun, fun!