I have been sleeping a lot which is unusual for me-maybe I am trying to catch up on slumber lost over the past few weeks or perhaps my body is getting into lazy beach mode a little early. We leave on the 8th for the Outer Banks and I am counting down the days. This place feels as much like home to me as Roanoke does--I am just in love with the place. My entire being feels complete there by the ocean and I have thought many times about what it would be like to live there year round. When my hubby told me that we were able to rent the same house as last year I was practically jumping up and down. Last year I think I even shed a few tears when it was time to pack up the car for the trip back. The owners have decorated the walls of this sweet little pink beach house with framed vintage photographs, postcards and amazing artwork. It doesn't look like much from the outside---actually when I first saw it I could actually feel my heart sinking but then we opened the door and I was in love. How funny. I just thought it is sometimes much the same with people. Given the chance so many people along through the years have surprised me with their inner beauty.
I also hope to make a little art of my own there. Last year I worked on an altered book, taking up much of the table as you can see here. This year I am going to work on painting faces and hands. I haven't been totally happy with the ones I have been doing lately and that is OK. I keep telling myself I am at the beginning of my journey and to just ENJOY. Most of the time I am content with knowing that if I keep working at it then I will see progress, find my own style but there are those occasional (thankfully brief) moments of horrible frustration and I want to give it all up, toss the paints in the trash and be done with it all. Do you ever feel this way too? But we don't give up do we, because this journey means so much more and is about so much more than a pretty image on the page.
Here is a section from another page in my journal. It is about letting go of the past and forgiving. Forgiveness. What a wonderful word! My theme word for 2007 it seems. :)
My favorite part of the page is the detail of the transparency of the woman and the photo of the tree behind it.
Hope you have a blessed creative day.