Of course, sometimes there must be caution and boundary setting and reasonableness. But in general, creatively, adventurously, experientially, saying yes has enriched my life beyond words. And keeps me within sight of the heart of my aliveness. Hmmmmmmm, yes as the fountain of youth?
About the art: beginning with a photograph, roughly sketched with charcoal and then spread with a water-laden brush. Slowly adding acrylic paint, sometimes full strength and then diluted. Liberal use of water sprayer, squeegee, fingers and paper towels. Stepping away often; resisting the desire to overly define.
My inside person (I love Lamott's phrasing there) is, indeed, soul and heart. And I do think she grows larger - takes up more space- in my being with each passing year. My outside person seems to shrink; skin, hair, bones....even my coloring washes out as I age. But this just leaves more room for my inside person. I imagine someday, when the outside can no longer contain the inside, there will be a shift in my existence. But for now (the eternal now) I am just tickled as heck to be here with you, dear reader.
Now, where is that cake? :)
For this painting, a pen and ink mounted on board and then painted, red was the only choice for her shoes. Isn't she, in her way, Dorothy? In another land, dressed in her finery, adventuring with the locals...as long as she has those shoes, she can always find her way home.
The Universe, with its quirky sense of humor, timed my takeover of Portland Open Studios Instagram account with the first day in the new studio. Wonder Mike was excited to be momentarily famous while I was spinning the various plates of technology and fervently hoping none of them crashed to the ground. None did. Woot!
So as I metaphorically jump off a cliff, my brain grabs the nearest symbol of head protection (in case I land upside down) and begins to sketch it. What a delightful place the brain can be!
There will be a brief hiatus in the blog while the studio is disassembled and reassembled. Fortunately, the living beings can remain intact throughout the process. :). But on the other side, dear reader, let's have some amazing adventures together!
Congratulations to Carol E!!!! You're Wonder Mike's chosen winner in last week's reader giveaway! A piece of original art is heading your way. Thank you for participating! xo
Jen Jovan and her imaJENation