Sunday, November 29, 2015

AEDM2015 Days 28 & 29

AEDM2015 Days 28: "All You Need Is Light"

AEDM2015 Days 29: "Reinvent Yourself"

Friday, November 27, 2015

AEDM2015 Day 27: Her Next Move

AEDM2015 Day 27: Her Next Move
I'm starting to think about and brainstorm what I want to be doing artistically and with my art biz in 2016. I have had so little juice or energy to do anything this past year. It's been a year of moving through the grief process and delving into old processes and character traits that just don't serve me anymore.

I still don't know what 2016 will bring but i have a few ideas that I am going to act on, and I will let the details unfold by themselves. When I look at this collage it really seems to represent where I've been and where I'm going. The photo on the left is one I took a number of years ago in a Mexican cemetery. Beautiful and colorful, but there is also a clear separation between death and life. The eye -- looking forward is also seeing between the gap in the bars, and I have the feeling that the person belonging to the eye has the ability to move forward into life. Anyway that's what I see or feel from this piece. I enjoyed creating it -- and with none of this in mind!

AEDM2015 Day 26: "More Color"

AEDM2015 Day 26: "More Color"
I was too lazy to create a page spread on Thanksgiving so I forgave myself for this lack of self-discipline (it went the way of the "I shalt not overindulge" commandment -- out the window). I was going through my images and found this African Bee eater. I fell in love with these birds when i attended the University of Nairobi as part of an exchange program. It was a magical experience for a 17-year-old in 1971 -- and the Bee Eater became a symbol for my once-in-a-lifetime trip. This image requires a neutral background to magnify its colors -- but I decided to do the opposite and see if I could incorporate its colors into the background. I used acrylics and rubberstamp ink pads and am pleased with my efforts.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

AEDM2015 Day 25: "Way Station"

This spread was a bit of a challenge. I'm posting it as is -- but I'll probably work on it a bit more.  I had originally created a half page within the two pages of the spread -- something I do occasionally to extend the story of a page. So it's really 2 spreads back to back but one of the spreads covers one and 1/2 pages. Like I said it was a challenge -- hard to describe and hard to photograph. I really need to film a clip of it but I'm too tired tonight!

I called it "Way Station" because to me this collage has the feeling of where we come from and where we are going to across our many possible -- or reincarnated lives -- and all of the variety and implications associated with that concept. I like the idea of it -- the execution -- well there's more to it and I'll leave it for another day!

Side One -- Middle flap closed to the right

Side One -- Middle flap completely opemed

Side Two -- Middle flap closed to the left

Side Two -- Middle flap opened to the right

Side Two -- Spread completely opened

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AEDM2015 Day 24: "Reading Clouds"

AEDM2015 Day 24: Reading Clouds
I'm 62 years old and I still see fanciful creatures in the clouds. It's one of my "skills" that I don't every want to give up, along with what the hummingbird is saying to me, or the conversations the stuffed animals have on my bedroom lounge. It's something that I believe my mother and my grandmother encouraged -- along with Southern storytelling tradition as well as a life of never ending emotional drama. This has its good side --  I am lucky to be alive, I believe, because I've spent a lot of my life making up things. It's a good thing too because those aforementioned traits lend themselves to my being the artist I am!

Monday, November 23, 2015

AEDM2015 Day 23: Join the Celebration

AEDM2015 Day 23: Join the Celebration
I have to say that things seem to be shifting in my life. I feel like I'm coming out of a long period of mourning. Maybe it's because enough time has passed since my mother's death in April. Maybe it's because I hired a personal trainer and I'm starting to work my way back into dancer's shape. Maybe it's because I'm meditating everyday. Maybe it's consciously setting intention and recommitting to doing art everyday. Maybe the new  bio-identicals and thyroid supplements I'm on are finally kicking in LOL. And then maybe it's because I've reached the age of 62 and I am no longer a "yute" and I'm finally stopped having a tantrum about that. All I know is that I feel lighter, and life moving forward seems so much more promising, despite the challenges that living in this world brings. And mostly I'm just grateful for the life I've led, the me I am now, and the person I'll discover tomorrow.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AEDM2015 Day 22: Regeneration

So here's my creative process today: it started with a big ole green leaf, which was lying on my table. Next I laid down a bunch of different colors of green ink pads. The leaf was taller than the journal so I laid it on its side and I thought "pocket". Then I went on a search for something to sit to the left of the pocket and found the jaguar. What to fill the pocket with? Big cats --  all of them may be disappearing in the wild within the next 50 years. Lying on my table was the magazine ad text "regeneration". It seemed to fit but I looked up its definition. Regeneration is "the action or process of regenerating or being regenerated, in particular the formation of new animal or plant tissue". Which is what we are going to have to do if we continue destroying habitats...

AEDM2015 Day 22: Regeneration

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AEDM2015 Day 21: What Would I Have Done?

AEDM2015 Day 21:"What Would I Have Done?"
Today I was motivated to use purple -- which is unusual because it's not a color I usually work with. I used acrylic paint, and ink pads, then looked at the page and said "Now what?" I don't even remembering pulling this image from a magazine but I had thrown it into my "blue" color pile sometime ago. It was an unusual shade of purple -- but the best thing about it was the kid holding onto his/her puppy. It just brought up in me memories of holding my kittens and cats through the years. How I had a friend no matter how lonely I felt. How much pleasure they gave me. How much unconditional love was communicated.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Caught Up!!! AEDM2015 Days 19 & 20

Yesterday was my father's birthday -- he would have been 103 years old! I though about him a lot as the day progressed. He had such a wonderful spirit and helped many people change their lives through his work as an AA sponsor. My father encouraged my spiritual searching and encouraged me to find some sort of program and work it. He opened the door for my journey -- one, it seems, of many unanswered questions. Yet more and more I accept the gifts of "not knowing" all the answers, and discovery and joy seem to be some of the byproducts. I look forward to seeing Daddy-O again one day.
AEDM2015 Day 19: Unanswered Questions
 What is essential: To life? To living? To loving? A mysterious question demanding a lifetime of answering.
AEDM2015 Day 20: What's Essential

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Catch Up: AEDM2015 Days 16, 17,18

Three more journal pages for my Art Every Day Month challenge...
AEDM2015 Day 16: Peace and Love
AEDM2015 Day 17: Plays Outside

AEDM2015 Day 18: You Will Travel...