2009 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 267: Once in a Blue Mood(Moon)
Once in a blue mood pink arises and the landscape is changed for ever. Once in a blue moon -- one has the opportunity to love again and the world you live in is changed on a cellular level. Once in a blue mood you realize that there is no such thing as never again. Today on New Year's Eve, the last day of this year, we are witnessing both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse. The origin of the term "blue moon" is steeped in folklore, and its meaning has changed and acquired new nuances over time. Some folktales say that when there is a full blue moon, the moon had a face and talked to those in its light. So I am not in a blue mood as I look up at the blue moon that is bringing in this New Year, 2010. I have a feeling it's going to be magical.
I can't help it. The word just threw itself at me. Maybe it was because of the apple. You know, apple...Eve...Adam...knowledge...truthevil..sex? Sends my head to spinning all of that old stuff. She does seems pretty happy, this woman. Is she pushing the apple away? Is she reaching for it? Has she had enough truth? Does she want more? Is she gesturing -- Hold on there a moment, cowboy? Is she just laughing at the absurdity of it all? I don't know, this stuff just seems to roll out of my subconscious and onto the page, then off into space. What a ride!
2009 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 265: Stormy Weather
Honestly, I have been a slackard over the holidays in regards to journaling everyday. I'm having to play catch up! Stormy weather...where did this come from? I'm feeling pretty good, pretty hopeful these days, but these images appeared as if by magic tonight. Don't you love the feeling of a storm creeping up...change in the air...unseen electric currents snap around you...your hair whipping around...a flurry of activity from the birds until they hide in the bushes and trees right before the rain slams down. Maybe I'm getting ready to fly-- maybe I'm not! One thing's for sure...there'll always be another moment to spread those wings, to feel my mane blowing in the wind.
Ok, here are a couple of photos I took during the Christmas Day celebration that was hosted this year by our dear friends Ingrid and Michael, fellow Don't Quit Your Day Job Dancers Extraordinaire! We had swapped holidays this year-- normally we host Christmas for about 20 of our mutual friends, and they host Thanksgiving. We reversed it this year and it was fun to relax and have a good time at someone else's beautiful home. A good time had by all and beautiful California weather to boot -- just enough of a nip in the air to think: Ah, yes, perhaps it is Christmas. It was also fun to see some of the people there wearing my custom necklaces that others had given them for Christmas!
Here's a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who came into my life the past few years -- and those who have been there forever! And my blog friends -- especially Chrissy, Billy, Robert P., koufax, Jesse, and all the rest of you -- thanks for brightening my life and enriching my blog! May every day of this coming year be filled with creativity and joyfulness (or at the very least-- extended moments of it -- LOL)!
Charles Brown singing Merry Christmas Baby from a Cool Christmas Blues If you like this tune -- here's a 1970's (?) vid of him playing and singing it with a ton of joy...and the audience is having a real good time, too!
This custom Earth Angels oriel is a Christmas present for a customer's best friend, featuring her friend's retired show horse, Harry, and her dog companion, Scruff. Once I decided on which photos to use, the oriel came together easily. The animals are just so happy with what they are doing and who they belong to, and they are just so darn personable that they needed very little ornamentation. I used beveled glass on both the front and the back of the oriel. Happiness is beauty and these two Earth Angels just shine with both!
2009 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 246: Made It So Inviting
This week in Kentucky the creative muse was singing -- or screaming. I created 15 spreads over five days. Curious how that happened. Part of the reason is that it kept me busy while I was sitting in my mother's room keeping her company. Part of it was the tension that always happens when I return home. Things are better now between my mother and I but she surprised me with an announcement that did not sit well with me. It shook me to the core, bringing to the forefront all sorts of mother/daughter forces that basically brought me to a sobbing, whimpering heap. Totally humiliating -- beyond humiliating -- it just was something I needed to experience. In retrospect, it was all grist for the mill, and the result was a creative burst of energy that I am sure will have continuing ramifications. Author Shaun McNiff says in Trust the Process -- An Artist's Guide to Letting Go: "Creativity cannot flourish and reach its deepest potential without the participation of its demons as well as its angels." A mirror of my process, my journey. Amidst the ashes, I am excited to see what is coming next.
Ok, so you make a decision to walk a different path, yet you still feel stuck. You still feel that you are tangled up in the past. You want to change, you do. But you are all dressed up and there's nowhere to go. The streets of St. Petersburg (or Paris. Or Venice.) still look enchanting, yet you know it's just a beautiful, beautiful city that could never be a home to you. Ever. And although those sexy, sexy heels make your legs look great, you'd rather be wearing kick-ass motorcycle boots and be hitchhiking down Route 66 with the wind in your mane. Don't fret. Everything will work out. Just turn that brain off. There, now you're movin'.
2009 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 241: Ladies Are Not Allowed Inside
So much of life, it seems, we follow the road prescribed for us. We go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, work until retirement, spend the last 10-20 years of our life watching reruns in the living room or sitting across the table from our spouse with nothing to say. Why is that? Why do people stop questioning the circumstances they find themselves in? Stop growing? Stop creating? And what if you have led a less than conventional life -- bucking the status quo, skipping the children part, foregoing the marriage until death do you part -- are you any different from those who have not? Are your needs, hopes, dreams any different, though the circumstances are different? Now, I am not too sure why I launched into this path of query. This sari-clad woman looks a bit like an Indian Madonna, perhaps questioning the limitations that the sign above her head addresses. And she should -- we are the ones who limit ourselves. And in questioning, we open up the possibility of walking in a different direction -- and perhaps a chance to become more of who we really are.
Welcome! My Mane Blowing in the Wind is a visual showcase of my art, oriel pendant necklaces, and creative musings. I have danced toward and away from art for the past 28 years. Much of the moving away from was due to what I guess you could call "artistic paralysis": I heard the muse but went internal with it instead of externally expressing it through art. But somehow my art keeps emerging and recently it seems to have taken on a life of its own. This blog is a record of that discovery.