Although I love painting, making collages can be very relaxing and revealing if you just go with the flow. I’ve been wanting to work with fabric and stitch too. So I finally, thanks to a dear friend’s support, was able to let go of a beautiful patchwork jacket from the old days when I worked. It was very stylish back when, but not so anymore. It needed a new life. However I couldn’t just give it away. It was made of old Japanese kimono fabrics. I cut it up! YES, I cut it up! Into all the beautiful little pieces it was made of… and have started a new series of small collages using the fabric from the jacket. Now I have a small box of beautiful little jewell-like pieces that will find there way into small collages… It feels so freeing of my past life as a workaholic… and so far, I am loving this “jacket” even more. Letting go is hard to do, but so renewing, releasing and wonderful.
One of my favorite places in the world is the beach… the soft sand, the flotsam and jetsam left ashore by rough waves from yesterday’s storm, the endless horizon of water reaching for sky and sometimes disappearing into it… the flying, swooping birds, the pelicans that skim low across the water, the dolphins’ fins arching gracefully up and back into the sea… the ever-changing sky above! The QUIET. It’s a place to sit and stare, breathe, read, write letters and maybe do some watercolor sketching!
Restful, relaxing, rejuvenating…
Ahh… took time to clean the studio table and get a little more organized. It feels good, as if I swept the cobwebs from my brain! I am sticking to my sketch/watercolor-a-day and started some new 8″x10″ paintings. The “Remembering” collages linger along with me as I go. I feel somewhat more motivated since I am contemplating selling at some Art Festivals next year. I haven’t done that in years and years. It can be a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding on many levels.
Happy November! I’ve been working on some small collages, some journal pages and playing round with watercolors… my goal for November is to really kick my “Creative Practice” into gear with regular daily attention. Reading BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert is a great motivator to pay attention. I am off to yoga at Raven’s Nest. What are you starting you week with?
I have many projects going right now!… Dream Catchers with doilies, painted zipped pouches, a 20″x20″ painting, journal pages, and these little Mandala books that are made from one sheet of 8.5 x 11″ paper. I add encouraging words after the mandalas are done, fold it up and it’s like a little greeting card or keepsake booklet. It’s very meditative to make these. I think it might be my next monthly challenge.