I am a person that thrives on being at home. I might profess, even loudly, that I like to travel and be spontaneous but don't listen to me. Not a single word. I am happiest when my days are lightly planned and I can be at home for hours with my family and my books and paints. I am a homebody.
Have you seen the movie Nim's Island? I could SO see myself as living the life Alex has in the beginning of the story.
That's rather a sad thing in a way isn't it?
Today is a good day. We are home and plan-less for the first time in a long long while. There are goals for today like
prime the kitchen walls, answer emails, and write a little on Able's story (i am still trucking along in the second draft and loving every second!) but there is plenty of room for daydreaming and long walks. For stopping to feel the breeze and for making homemade muffins.
I have been meaning to share this pic for a few weeks now. LK Ludwig's book True Visions: Authentic Art Journaling pg 45...two spreads from my journal. I would be writing to say how much I love this book even if I were not blessed to have those pieces
alongside so many artists I admire.
The photographs below are of two of my most recent "found poems." I believe this was the title LK gave to the process of clipping words from old books and putting them together in a new way to make a poem. I had been doing this process for a while but without a name and without the frequency I do them now. (thank you LK!) I try to do at least three or four poems a week. They are one of the tools I use now to tap into my creativity before I paint or write. They help me loosen up and trust my intuition. I urge everyone to try it. Olivia loves this so it's great for kids too.
And lastly, a drawing of Able and her pet crow Grimm. This is a page from my journal and unfortunately the drawing did not turn out as I wanted. I still have yet to draw her as I see her. My skill level just isn't there and at times I want to throw my pencil across the room but I will keep trying. Months ago I found an old photograph of a girl who bears a close ressemblance to the girl I see in my mind as I write. Perhaps I should try a digital collage instead. My goal is to illustrate each scene after I write it, not really to ever be seen by another's eyes, some aren't much more than stick figures really, but just to help me in getting deeper into the characters and the setting.
When I began the endeavor of writing down this story I am not sure that I ever saw myself going this far with it and each time I pick up a novel I am stunned at the amount of work and time that went into each page. Bravo to you writers out there!
book currently reading: the adoration of jenna fox by Mary E. Pearson
fave song today: pork and beans by Weezer