For the last few weeks I've been getting my spiritual groove on. I was secure in the knowledge that I am at one with the universe and that my thoughts have the power to shape reality. I felt as if everything was fine because everything I see is only an illusion. I was feeling infinite and eternal with no beginning and no end. Something happened to make me lose those feelings.
Could it be that I subject myself to too much noise? I have been spending too much time on Twitter. I get free access to the Washington Post online edition with my IU credentials, so I've been spending too much time there. I listen a lot to the Thinking Sideways podcast. Maybe I've got too much of other peoples' stuff in my head.
I've been working on wrapped loops.
I started a couple of collage collage projects. I hope to find some greater meaning through these works.
I finished writing a piece for work that I'm proud of.
Now to take some time for myself. It's time to start meditating. It's time for silence.
It occurred to me that while the paint is drying on one canvas, I could begin another. That is what I have done.
These two pieces have a relationship.
Canvas 2. This one was a black canvas.
They look better to me in real life than they do in the photos. As I look at them, a story is beginning to suggest itself. Something about morning, night, and water. I’m not sure what will happen next, but I’m looking forward to finishing them and moving to a completely different palette. I’m thinking reds and yellows.
I’m also getting closer to doing jewelry again. This sketch came up on Timehop from two years ago. I’m inspired to sketch some jewelry and then make it. That is progress.
I knew I wanted to write today, so I thought about it and then got nervous. I got myself a little worked up about what to write. Now I seem to be writing about the process of thinking and worrying about writing. Is it supposed to work this way?
Dreams are the New Reality
In one of my dreams last night, I was in some unknown location when a guy (I think he was Asian) asked me to meditate with him. I agreed to do so, and we sat down on the floor holding hands with eyes closed. The session was successful. The guy acquired lots of good energy from me, and I felt as if I helped him. The dream tells me that I'm on the right track in my spiritual pursuits. I am sure now that when I dream, I go to real places. I visit other planes of existence. I may have thousands of lives.
I bought some baby spinach the other day. I think I'll do a salad with strawberries. I need some almond slivers and red onion to add to it. I can either make my own vinaigrette or buy some.
Another food thought is to prep an onion or two and freeze them for later use. I think you can do that. What about garlic? I'll have to look it up.
I have sweet potatoes to cook as well as frozen salmon.
I've been doing yoga fairly regularly. I think it has improved my gait, but it could be that I'm just at a good walking time of my nutty hormonal cycle. It seems to work for me to do a session at 9 pm most weeknights.
I've been spending a lot of time practicing wrapped loops. I'm getting better at it. I made a necklace for Linda, one of the residents at my dad's assisted living facility. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it. I thought the pendant was an angel, but I realized it must be a fairy after looking more closely at it.
In the Cat Room
I don ‘t have an art studio. I have a cat room. I could easily use that as an excuse to not make art, but I have other excuses like not having enough time or not being good enough. I’m getting too old for these excuses. If I don’t get to work soon, I will run out of time.
I started this blog to make myself get serious about making art. I want it to be a regular practice–something that nurtures my soul. I plan to share my exploration of mixed-media and art journaling techniques. Currently, I’m signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday and Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2016. I’ve worked on some of the Inspiration Wednesday exercises, but I’ve done none of the Life Book lessons. It’s that thing about not having enough time.
My table and supplies.
My assignment for today is to at least gesso the next two pages in my journal.
The proverbial blank pages.
I’ll do some work in it tonight or tomorrow. I’ll post the final results toward the end of the week, or maybe sooner. The journal, by the way, is one I bought from Donna Downey’s store.
Writing this post is a big step in the right direction for me. Gotta keep the momentum going!
One more thing…
I was watching one of those tiny house shows today. It featured a woman looking to buy and move into a tiny house. She was an artist. I looked at her and thought, I want to be called an artist. I want to live the life of an artist. That is just too cool!
I continue to work on these two. I find myself just doing what feels right. Some flecks of pink might come next.
I worked on this one over the course of about three days. I used Sargent Art White, Grumbacher Red, Liquitex Basics Mars Black, and Liquitex Basics Cerulean Blue. I added torn pages from a philosophy encyclopedia and a title from a book of sheet music. I used stencils that I bought at Michaels.
There were many iterations, and I was usually patient enough to let one layer dry before adding something new. I find that if I walk away from something I like it better upon a second viewing.
My idea is to try a 10 x 10 canvas based on this palette.
I finished my two 10 x 10 canvases. I’m happy with both of them and will try to sell them when I get around to re-opening my Etsy shop.
My Complex Mechanisms-Mixed media and collage
No Paparazzi-Mixed media and collage
I’m currently working on this larger piece. We’ll see how things go.