On Friday I facilitated and Art Gathering with a group of my women friends, who I used to work with at Santa Rosa Junior College.
After teaching there for over 25 years, alongside many of these friend/co-workers, it was like playing with family.
It saddened me to hear how everyone who still works there is still feeling the effects of the budget crisis and the worries about if they will have a job or not in the fall. I feel like I was part of the first wave of layoffs...and am grateful to feel on the other side of the fear, worry and tension that comes with the possibility of layoff. The worst thing is the absolute demolishing of the cutting edge/deeply humanist department that I worked in for so long.
However...the art we did...mixed media exploration, was healing, joyful and a soothing balm to everyone. I love how creative engagement shifts energy and acts as a healing medicine and joyful play. It was a deeply satisfying day of artmaking, friendship and food.
It brings me back to my new idea of creating Art Gatherings for existing groups of women, to bring life, joy and creative play into peoples lives.
I have been working on developing pages for another mixed media Art JOurnal. I am combining collage, and focused free write as well as doodling into it.
This process is bringing together many of the elements that I taught in my Creative Process class for all those years. Again thinking perhaps to offer this as a ongoing class in the fall. Who knows. These are some photos from this new Journal I am working on.
The final collage is a mixed media piece that I continue to work on, adding text and more collage imagery. I love playing, adding, reframing and transforming art that I did earlier.
This Goddess of the Sweet LIfe, is a copy of an earlier collage, that I continue to play with. All is grist for the mill.