Well lately, life has been grounding me a bit. I did something to my left knee, and have had to slow down tremendously. I am trying to let it heal, but it is real slow going. My impatience has me up and running in my head, but my body can barely hobble. Today, I wound up canceling on a excursion, and then losing the keys to my studio, and finally, my car was dead when I tried to go somewhere needlessly. So the universe is truely forcing me to be still and slow down. Nonetheless, I made 3 new SoulCollage® cards today. So I am sharing them here, as well as a few more that I did about a week ago.
Without further ado....
These first three are the ones I made today....
the following were created in the past few weeks..
Today I came across this Mary Oliver quote, it fits to end with this.
"Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished.
Tell about it." — Mary Oliver
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I work in so many different media, that I have to find ways to trick myself into doing some of them. I love to paint with acrylics, but rarely do these days because I am so pulled by many different processes. One way in which I get myself to paint, is to never leave paint unused.
I have a magical little girl who comes to paint with me at my studio. She loves to use lots of color, so after we meet I always use the paint she has left over to begin a new painting.
I give myself permission to do whatever,
not worry about outcome
spread the paint across the canvas impulsively
know that I can use this as a base for collage so anything goes
be thrifty- and have fun
I have begun a series of these paintings.
This is one that I just recently began and then subsquently
worked on over a series of studio sessions.
This painting kept changing from its initial impulsive, expressive beginning. I was hoping to stay completely abstract with it, but the last time I worked on it, the image of the bird and then the flower emerges. I loved each in their own way, so let them stay. I however, really respect abstract painters and wish I could stay completely abstract and free from imagery. But I really find that a challenge. Nonetheless, I like this piece and feel it is complete.
If you are an abstract painter, how do you stay committed to the non representational, I would love to hear from you.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
When I look at this vibrant, colorful mandala, I am reminded of the thick texture of needlepoint or the vibrant colors of Huchiol yarn paintings. I am so pleased that folks continue to send me images of their completed mandalas. I will be sure to post them as they arrive.
Enjoy the spring...