2009-10 Daily Journal Page Challenge: Freedom from Hope and Fear
Although I am posting intermittently, I am still creating a journal page a day as part of my own personal art challenge (the 2009-2010 Daily Journal Page Challenge). And I often use these pages and or my blog posts to meet the 2010 Creative Everyday Challenge, hosted by Leah PikenKolidas (thank you, thank you, thank you!), and which I joined this past January. But my goal in this challenge was to push the envelope in my creative endeavors not just to skid by with what has become tried and true in my art techniques. So, to meet that challenge I took up drawing lessons this year. I have had the desire to draw for a very long time, but the critic inside of me always said you don't have the ability -- why even try? However, in spite of this persistent, "heavy breather" I found a wonderful, wonderful teacher and I am slowly, almost painfully, experimenting in this medium and attempting to incorporate it into my collages. Up to now, I have only submitted work that doesn't seem too "inferior." Isn't that funny? Isn't it time I give up the judge, the critic that has harried me for so long in my endeavors? Is it really possible? I don't know the answer to that. But I do know that I will continue to challenge myself and share my process of discovery.
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.