Was feeling overwhelmed by the many decisions I need to make in my life right now and been trying to get into a better frame of mind. Meditation has been helping as well as Art Journaling.
As the days are slowly getting longer, I have been taking time to reflect, review and refuel. I was reminded of the many shadow images I have taken over the past 4 years when I was fascinated by the shadows that would randomly show up and decided to assemble them as a series.
After bringing them into Photoshop without any manipulation, I experimented with printing them out on matte photo paper and realized they had ethereal qualities similar to Man Ray’s experimental Rayographs which were photograms (photographs created on photo-sensitive paper without a camera) he created during the 1920s.
In my case these were abstract images that showed up during different times of the day on my walls and ceiling that I decided to capture with my iPhone.
When I began doing this, I was taken by how beautiful some of these shadows were and how personally we often shy away from diving deep into our own shadows out of fear, and yet personally over the years the deeper I have gone addressing my own shadow-self, the more I am able to allow for the light to come in.
The violets continue to thrive as I spent the last few weeks healing from getting hit by a pick-up truck. Though no broken bones, I was quite sore and now grateful to be feeling a lot better. Didn’t want to lose what little momentum I made this year in my art/blogging practice so decided to do another painting. This time using oil pastels and watercolor. It felt so good to do!
Goodbye 2016. You were certainly a challenging year and yet I have learned so much that I hope to carry forward.
Wishing everyone a happy, prosperous 2017!
Watching as they are changing
Painting what I see
It took only a few days for the violet plant I drew the day after Thanksgiving to come into full bloom. I decided to play around with using watercolor pencils.
While this week has been challenging for me (and many I know), I realize I had to pull back to take care of myself and take stock, especially during these uncertain times.
I was reminded of a project I did a few months ago where I chose to explore the tree as a symbol. I chose it for what it represents for me in terms of learning to be more grounded in the creative process and it was a challenge for me to get there initially, though I would have some moments of grace in between personal fires I had to deal with in my life at that time. This project helped me deal with the challenges in my life proactively.
During my initial exploration, I was reminded of what I had learned from the Four Fold Way program I did a few years ago with Angeles Arrien and how she would use the tree as a symbol. The roots representing the ancestors and the past, the trunk present work and branches the future and would have us do a standing meditation, an effective tool, which I incorporated while I did my initial sketches of trees.
She used remind us to be like a tree, well rooted and grounded and able to go with the flow, which is a challenge for me as I do tend to be in my head a lot and get pulled in many directions and allow myself to get overwhelmed, especially this week.
During the project, I got caught up between the hurry, hurry energy of getting it done verses slowing down to appreciate the process, but once I committed to doing the meditation practice and slowing down it allowed me to be present and was much easier for me to find the patience within to draw and following through with the steps I needed to complete the book.
This has been a good life lesson for me that I need to come back to as I move forward.
Weary of this election season and all of the rhetoric, finger-pointing and mud-slinging here in the U.S., I felt compelled to play around in my art journal with these words after watching and getting inspired by Van Jones’ video series titled “The Messy Truth.”