There is so much going on here this week, but not a lot of finishing so far. All the important juicy stuff that lends itself towards getting stuff finished, but has no real outcome apart from contributing towards finished stuff…which is an outcome of itself I guess.
First…I am over here!!! How freaking exciting. I feel very SEEN at the moment. Which is exciting and wonderful and terrifying and scary. A part of me wonders when it is all going to turn to custard and I will fall flat on my face in public and everyone will realise I have nothing of any substance to offer.
This has been the week of illness. I nursed the children over the weekend with colds, and headaches that seemed to turn children into demons (and celebrated Father’s day over here). I felt quite cocky on Monday, as I began a new painting, that I had escaped all bugs with my strict hand sanitisation routine and constant burning of peppermint and eucalyptus oil (and upping my vitamin C). I realise I also haven’t got any photos of where the painting is sitting now, but here are the first two progress photos. I started with some journaling, and then added paint. This first painted layer was just to shift the energy of the journaling a bit, and already much of it is covered up.
By Monday evening I was not feeling quite so cocky as my head began to feel like it was filling up with gunk, though I still held out hope. The past few days have been horrid. I did take to my bed on Tuesday, and then decided later on that since I wasn’t up to much creatively I would sort through the ephemera I have collected and I would then be taking it easy and doing something productive at the same time. I brought the shoe boxes out of storage and emptied them out. I am down to one shoe box (admittedly a big one), and my daughter pilfered some of the rubbish pile and claimed another shoe box for her art supplies. Hopefully with it all in one box, I will use it more often.
There were things I had kept for the last few years that I bought or kept just in case, where I was still searching for what excited me and I was a magpie to all new shiny things. But for some stuff I never went there, so out it went. With trust that if I ever do decided to venture into that territory that I will still have the means to do it.
I began making some ephemera quilts. With my sewing machine this week as well. Inspired by this prompt at Daisy Yellow. I made one for my poetry book, and then I just kept sewing bits together. It started while I was still sorting through stuff, so I was grabbing bits and sewing them which meant I had less to throw out. (clever of me I know!) I have stuck a couple into my journal, and the others will get integrated as well, a useful background layer, a bit of texture and interest and a selection of the crap I was holding onto!! :)
There was no rhyme or reason to these either. I grabbed a bit and sewed it on to another bit. Then grabbed something else. At the end sometimes I did a random spiral into the middle to give it a bit more strength, but not on all of them. I suspect some of the bits will be completely covered when I gesso over them and push the bits back a bit. It was also a good confidence booster in terms of using my sewing machine (that is gradually scaring me even less).
I have done a lot of beginning journal pages. A lot are in various states of completion, which is good, because I will have a lot to show when I am done. A few were pasting bits of ephemera down as a first layer (less stuff to throw away :)), possibly my ruthless getting rid of stuff was not as ruthless as it could have been!! Just pottering and spreading paint and gesso. I did attempt some more involved art journaling, but I was frustrated with the results since I was not 100% so I stopped.
I have a few other canvases in various states of completion as well, which I have dabbled in this week.
I have also done a lot of Journaling/writing this week, as I journal away for various exercises and some poetry. Photos of writing are not that exciting, so you won’t be subject to that! :)
I have also bought some yellow yarn to make a scarf for a birthday gift, I had assistance to help me wind the ball of yarn, for the price of a chocolate bar. Cheap at half the price, though we did have to take a few breaks towards the end, she well and truly earned her chocolate bar! :)
I have also been reading. I realised last year, that since I had gotten into art I had not read as much as I used to. I used to be a vociferous reader, and we have 8 book overflowing bookshelves in this house, so I have been making a concerted effort to do more reading. I love Goodreads. It makes it easy to keep track of not only what books I have read, but what books I want to read as well.
And that has been my creative week. Not an awful lot this week, with my head pounding away. I feel very unproductive, but that is the way it is sometimes. I wasn’t going to upload to Paint Party Friday, because I didn’t think I had done enough, but there is some paint splashed about in this post, so I am claiming it.
I am also loving instagram this week. My username over there is @artytarsh, I don’t know how to link that up! :)
I am also hoping this headache passes by tomorrow, because I feel very behind, and want to get some painting done this weekend. And I hope the weather clears because I need to get into the garden and begin getting it ready for Spring planting (very clearly differentiated from want, because much of the task involves weeding which I am not a fan of).