After weeks of a migraine and a few more spent working tirelessly to get Gelli Plate Junk Journal content finished on time, I decided I needed a week "off" of computer work. It was time, I felt my Soul tell me, to sit down and paint.
I have several half-completed pieces, started in the thick of things, born from excitement and passion that were pushed off to the side when other work came through and became more "important." And sure, when other projects where drying, I'd putter around with these...but I knew an entire week devoted to just painting would be restorative and inspiring.
I've felt, lately, that there's one little piece blocking my true expression of creativity. A blockage I can't seem to get around, past, dissolve, break free of. I knew of this when I went to Florida in September, and felt a little of it loosen up, but with everything that's happened and been going on these past two months, well...it's still there. I felt more shift today, but feel so close and know this week is going to truly help me clear it away completely.
I finished this one today; putting my signature on something really excites me and I feel like I've been uber-productive! You may remember this as the canvas I started at Roben-Marie's house way back in the beginning of September. It sat half-finished and I really didn't know where to go with it....well...here it is! It just came together in a burst of inspiration and intuition, and the words were spoken deep inside me.
When I took my break, I paged through 14 Artists' Journals by Orly Avineri -- there are some beautiful, soul*full pages in there -- and was so moved to share my own Soul and reach deep inside to make sense of myself, I had to jump up and work in my art journal. I had my smaller Dylusions in my bag, so I pulled it out, slapped down some paint, made marks with Neocolor II watercolor crayons, and added faux stitching with one of my favorite new easy tools before stamping out my thoughts with stamps. I've wanted to do this for so long....why did I wait in the first place?!
I am thrashing and diving and living days full of paint and silence. What are you up to these days?