2009-10 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 321: Explore with Wings
This was definitely an exploration. Not my usual suspects -- different colors, images, kind of abstract, off-kilter. Very out of control for me. That's what I most like about this journal page -- it feels like the part of me that is called to be something more than who I am or who I appear to be -- without proof that it's possible. What? Fly with wings I can't see? They could be made out of flowers as far as I know!
2009-10 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 317: Where Can You Find Heaven
I was talking with a friend about the idea of heaven. The possibility that heaven exists. The probability that it doesn't. But I believe heaven exists and that it is all around us. We just don't have the capacity to see, hear, feel, taste it because we are too busy focusing on the world around us; we are too wrapped up in minutia, in the daily grind, and all those formulas that say: "x + y = Z" and only that. But I'm not giving up on heaven in the here and now -- I'm going to keep moving towards that and maybe, just maybe it will happen. I've nothing better to do.
2009-10 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 310: Going the Distance
Blue skies yesterday and this morning made me think spring is just around the corner...but looking out my window now, gray skies are looming and more rain is forcasted for tomorrow. Even though I'm dragging my feet, I feel a glimmer of hope and motion...forward through the dream of my life and into a future, certain or not.
Lovely Find: Just the kind of item that makes your Cinderella heart start beating fast -- a beautiful vintage bustier, bronze crown, and antique cameo make magic on an altered dress form found at a boutique clothing store in the small California town of Sonoma.
2009-10 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 308: Merge with Your Inner Tiger
Living life requires a determined aggression, an affirming sweetness, a certain resolve, and a healthy respect for the wild animal living deep down inside. If you keep that wild animal at bay you take the risk of it getting loose and creating havoc. If you learn to honor and embrace that wild cat or hungry bear you can get a lot accomplished. So merge with your inner tiger and become a tiger whisperer!
2009-10 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 303: Our Lady of the Golden Gate
One of the most beautiful sights in the San Fransisco Bay Area is the Golden Gate Bridge. It connects SF and Northern California, and does so with an audacity. Much has been written on this engineering miracle, and much has been penned on its beauty. I'll never forget driving up into the Headlands with a friend one evening in 1988, and sitting and staring at the North Tower. The looming perspective, the fog enshrouded twinkling lights, the stream of white and red car lights moving across the span, the mega-watt uplighting of the Bridge's unearthly color -- all led to a magical, mystical few hours spent huddled in the front seat of a car. That evening marked my decision to move to this area of the country. The Bridge has a presence and it is definitely feminine. Magical. Not one to be ignored.
2009-10 Daily Journal Page Challenge -- Day 301: Out the Door Shines Brightest
Here's one of the things I've noticed over the last year -- perfectionism is a killer. It stops you right in its tracks and runs right over you. Petrifies the blood running through your veins, makes the air you breath poison. And although I enjoy making things very, very pretty -- it gets kind of soul-less when all I do is that. So I'm experimenting more. Things don't look as pretty as they should, but experimenting is taking me somewhere and I've got my eye on where I am and where I'm going. One thing I liked about this journal page is that the vines I drew unintentionally formed the shape of a helix -- can you see it? And a helix not only refers to the mapped out mysteries of our genetic code but to the spiral continuum of alpha (beginning) and omega (ending). Life as a 3-dimensional experience. Anyway that prairie dog sure looks...expectant? happy? Ready to walk into the snowy moonlight?
Well, this feels like a biggie -- 300 days of journal pages! Fifty-six more days to go (actually less, I have 6 more pages to scan and upload to bring myself current) to finish my personal art challenge of creating one journal page a day for one year. Surprisingly, it's been a pretty easy assignment to do (except for this month!). I think this is the MOST self-disciplined I've ever been in working towards achieving a goal. However, I've been very erratic in my creating in January. Maybe I can blame it on the month, it's rained here every day for the past 3 months. I think I am suffering from SAD! (Seattle-ans are probably laughing at my wimpiness!) Maybe I can blame it on the whole resolution-setting vibe that gets set up globally at the beginning of each year. Plus I joined the Creative Every Day Challenge hosted by Leah Piken Kolidas. Being a rebel (no! little ol' me?), I would naturally drag my artsy heels doing through this month. But maybe I was just gearing up in January to spread wings for the rest of the year or at least toss my mane around and see where the wind blows...
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.