art journal, challenge

>Still alive…

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For the past week, I’ve been battling a really nasty cold. Thankfully, I’m getting better. Yesterday and today, I didn’t cough at all though I’m still a bit stuffed up.

My only creations lately are for challenges and swaps. No “free” creation. It’s not that I don’t want to create. It’s just that lately, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in my living room. I’m trying to get rid of some of it, little by little but it’s not easy. A lifetime of accumulating stuff can’t be undone in a few days.

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>Trying something different

>A few months ago I decided to try and make my own plushie. I cut into a red skirt I had, made of felt-ish material, which didn’t fit anymore. I didn’t mean to make it look devilish but that’s sort of what happened. To fill it I used stuffing from a pillow that was coming apart. I liked the final result but didn’t do another one…

…until tonight. The bunny is made out of craft felt, purple on the front, pink on the back. I didn’t have any stuffing for this one (threw away the pillow a while back) so I used plastic bags. It’s not the best way to stuff a plushie but it still works and it’s recycling at its best! I used buttons from my stash for the eyes and a heart charm as decoration. It was done in less than 2 hours and I’m satisfied with the result. It’s not perfect but it’s made by me.

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>Art soothes my soul

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I. am. an. artist.

I make art. Art is me. No matter how big or small. I have to have art. I have to make art. It is a part of me. of my life. It _is_ my life. The rest is extra. Or is it?

I finished reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. And while reading it, I’ve realized how aware I really am of living NOW. Sure I get lost in my thoughts, in my dreams like most people. But I also often get these moments where my thoughts are completely still and I can just appreciate Being. Here. Now.

It’s powerful stuff.

Artwork is a page from my journal for Emily Falconbridge’s challenge.

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>Listening to the muse

>I’ve been trying different things with my art. Playing differently with my supplies. Experimenting. And I’m not done yet. Not even close. But I’m enjoying it. Every second of it.

I had a craft play day with CeeCee and Mom last Friday. For once we were able to do it during the day instead of in the evening. I made some more paper spool collages. Most of the times, when we’re all three together, that’s all I seem to do.

It’s odd. Sometimes, I seem to have no inspiration at all even though I’m creating every single day. I guess sometimes, I’m creating more out of habit than anything else. What does that mean? I wonder… Anyway, just wanted to show I’m still alive and kicking.

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>Off days

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Sometimes, no matter how much you want to create something, it just won’t come out the way you envisioned it. It will come out as something else. So just let it go, accept it for what it is and move on.

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>Synchronicity and Serendipity

>I actually started typing Sunchronicity. I like that! I may start using that word now. You know, when the sun comes out exactly when you need a little encouragement or something similar. “I was feeling sad this morning when I woke up. And then I started thinking about you and the sun came out right at that moment. Man, that was some good Sunchronicity!” Yep, I like it!

Anyway, I wasn’t going to post tonight because I just wasn’t feeling it. But then I made my DAC (Daily Art Card), which is NOT the one posted above but similar to it. Inspired by Zentangles. I’ve read about them on many blogs and forums and finally caved in to see what the fuss was all about. Well, I have to say, it’s nothing new to me. I’ve been doing these kinds of drawings since I was a kid but we just call them doodles or Dessin Sans Dessein which basically means a Drawing without Intention (or without Design.) A drawing that hasn’t been thought out prior to being put on paper and which does not represent anything in particular. So anyway, like I said, I’ve been doing these since I was a kid but hadn’t done any in a couple of years. So I decided to draw them again and to use them as a sort of meditation (speaking of which, I’ve given up meditating on a daily basis; I really don’t enjoy it all that much… so I’m doing other things instead like Zentangles-type drawings and knitting.) So expect to see a few more of these drawings.

One of the reasons I wanted to write about synchronicity tonight is that for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been getting messages from here and there about a singer/songwriter I greatly admire: Leonard Cohen. He’s a Montreal native and for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved his music. But I hadn’t taken the time to listen to it for a while now. So a few days ago, I put on the only CD of his I own, Cohen Live, and rediscovered some of my all-time favourites. And I think it was the next day that I heard he was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and that he will be in concert in Montreal for the Jazz Festival. I would so love to see him in concert but at the moment, I can’t afford it. Maybe one day soon.

My thoughts are getting scattered again. I’ve had back pain for a couple of days now and the pills I took are not helping (nor did rubbing and putting heat and/or cold on it…) So I’m going to bed in hopes of waking up in better shape tomorrow. Goodnight.

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