Such a busy weekend, but not overly creative. I got into a cleaning and decluttering fit of madness after aliens abducted me and switched my personality with someone more organised.
This was just a temporary measure however, and so normal transmission has resumed. Though looking at the rubbish I threw out, makes me feel very happy and lighter. I always wonder why i keep some things, for just in case moments, or because it seems wasteful to get rid of things even if I am not a fan. It was not a problem on the weekend as Ms Ruthless took over my body. Even the children got worried as I began to head for their room. :D
I have still being working on the Daily prompts for my backgrounds and the found poetry. I have also been working on finishing up some journal pages. I had a journal that I thought was mostly finished, but when I actually looked at it, there were actually still a lot of pages half done, so I am going to go through that and get some done. I found it quite interesting how much my style has changed from the start of the book until the end. And made some progress on a spread that has been taunting me with the mess on the page.
Always, there is so much I want to do, but only so much time. I am not complaining about all the ideas and inspiration that I have going on (far from it, having gone through more than one phase where I thought I had no ideas left), but I sometimes feel permanently behind. Though I am trying to leave that in the sphere of activity and doing things and not feeling overwhelmed, which is the place for me where procrastination begins and nothing much happens.
I am currently working on a vision board. I have never placed a lot of stock in them before to be honest. I have admired the people that cut up their magazines and found their images and words and what have you. But it never really called to me. But I have sat down and asked my wise woman self “Where to now?” and then cut out images and words. Time will tell I imagine. And the only reason I bring it up here (because I wasn’t going to), is that if things do start coming true off the vision board, or things start happening, you can bet I will be here writing a post about it. So I am setting the stage so to speak!! :) Just in case.
I have been excited about Spring and the magnolias that are out even more this week, and the sun has been nice, and then today it is freezing enough for a fire. If I didn’t have to go outside to bring wood in I would be more motivated to light one, but it is cold out there.
That is me, I have also been doing my morning pages each day and a lot of written journaling, and getting ready to prepare myself for my Frida interpretation. She took a lot of energy last week, and I was pretty focused on her, so I am thinking I will take the week to process that and her story and begin the piece over the weekend. We will see how the next couple of days pan out. I have some other paintings to go on with. The benefit of so many ideas and a lot of starting is there is always something to go on with.
Here are the paintings and poetry so far.
In the middle of the page is tissue paper that I sewed onto a page of book text, which I then stuck onto the background. I left all the threads loose on the page and I am quite happy with it. Especially that there is no bubbling of thread under the book text (because I have sorted out my tension problems :)).
The daily prompt was to do the colours of the seasons, and so those are the colours that I associate with the seasons. Beginning with Winter and then working through Spring, Summer and Autumn. I brayered over all of them to unify the page somewhat and push some of the colours back a wee bit.
On this page I did all sorts of circles, from a cup dipped in paint, to inky circles. I then had the idea to do half a circle and smush the paint together, which I quite liked. :)
This one has music scores put on the page and then gesso and paint. I then splattered with some ink, which I quite like. The colours are richer in person and the green almost like a patina.
I decided to use the left over scrapbook paper as a pocket and so used the colours on the scrapbook paper. That day I snapped a blurry photo on my phone of the children that I really liked. So I printed that out to put in the pocket, pleasantly surprised that the colours fit with the page well. I then found that scrap of magazine page on the table so I stuck it down as well. A bit of a hodge podge page.
The daily prompt was to use words, and I really like how the cross word pages came out with a layer of gesso…a good art journal background. very quick and easy, and effective. I then did the drips and stamping with paint. Part of the prompt was also to learn a new word and I happened to have some vintage dictionary page out, so I looked to find a word I didn’t know and found “intermezzo”. Intermezzo is defined as a short musical composition generally of a light sparking character, or an interlude. I liked that. And I also knew I had some pages in my plastic file that involved music for my found poetry so I was happy with how well it worked out.
Also I am surprised at the found words poetry. Sometimes I can look for ages and find nothing that inspires me. The next day I can look through the same pages and words jump out at me. Always different. I love doing these.
It is night now, the children are in bed. I began this post this morning. It has been one of those days. I hope you are having a better day.