Is everyone back in school - settled into fall routines?
My routines are completely "down the tubes," as they say.
Back surgery went well, once I finally got there, waylaid by anemia a couple of times, needing treatment. So, as I journaled, much of what was going on in my life, was reflected in my journal. This photo of a journal page is called "Metamorphosis" More detail resides on the 20 Page Journal tab of this website.
Trying to use pain, lowered functioning, loss, though temporary, of abilities - as a learning tool, and being boldly wise about it while often being a pain because of some whining, somehow we have made it through. Friends, family, a new baby girl (granddaughter), kind thoughts, prayers from many I'll probably never know about, held me together. We went through a hurricane though we were only on the edges, a major tropical storm before that, trusting faith to keep us all firm and standing. Literally. Now just need to gain my strength back.
Another Journal, this one for the Brooklyn Arts Project is underway - I think I will title it "Uncommon Chickens" - - more to come as I work on it, and a piece I must paint/charcoal of a young woman from the Crow Tribe, then getting art ready for Christmas displays are in the near future.
It will never be the same again. Have you ever crossed those kind of bridges? Perhaps the Uncommon Chickens Journal will reflect a come back, we'll see. We often use the word "chicken" especially when young to express taunting of someone who is in fear, or too wise to do something foolish. I hope this Journal will be a story of uncommon chickens who show courage, the ability to have fun and try the possible and impossible, be themselves, no matter what other chickens think, and who aren't afraid to be an uncommon chicken
Have a great fall everyone.
This year I followed my own suggestions, and will give some art for Christmas. It will be a gift to hear back how much the art will be appreciated. I am also reminded, I had better get to the easel and practice "prolificery" in creating - yes, I know, that is a new word.
One year, long ago, my sister and my niece and nephew came and stayed with me in Iowa for a lengthy time and through Christmas. We had so little money, but we had so much fun. We made homemade gifts for Christmas, many decorated cookies and breads, as well as handmade gifts for family. It was one of the best Christmases we ever had. The best gift was that our love expanded for one another, so much.
Here is wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season -
Green Tips: Remember to recycle - don't forget the Creation - feed the little birds outside, if you use a live tree, plant another! Or two! I remember how my parents used to have us carefully put away the used wrapping paper and ribbons for another year. We cut up the Christmas cards and made package tags for the coming year. Even that was fun.
Wake up and Change your World - a message that is repeated to me over and over. I love to paint subjects from creation I believe art can be both a social, environmental, and spiritual statement for change.