Thursday, December 5, 2013
the crescent beach - mild & fog / our pine tree / lichenologist love / deadly nightshade berries / portrait on the crescent beach / leaves like feathers / beauty & calm / dew / seaweed
I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and
have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me--that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.
Anne Lamott - from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
being in nature, exploring, observing & photographing nature feels like church to me - it is church for me
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
a mix of archival & current images - harbour love / morning dew / my buddy, my constant companion & comfort / hydrangea / the nest aver Miss B / a Betty portrait with much loved orange cat Mama blankie / I'm so grateful that I live by the sea / Winnie Dixon & Tweet / tree love / Mr. paws on boss cat, doesn't want to miss a thing ;-)
The wise know that too much doing and a thing won't get done. The secret to manifesting on the highest level is to find the perfect amount of doing and non-doing to allow the doing to be done. Sometimes much more can be accomplished simply by letting go and trusting.
I am moments away from practically* finishing the HUGE project I've been working on all fall, since September really, when the initial planning, conceptualizing thumbnail drawing portion began. OMG ! I've had moments, and many of them, where I wanted to fling myself off of my cushy, spinning office chair, wave the white flag of creative slumpdom and say "I give", I'm failing, I'm floundering, I can't do this - but of course I would never, ever say that I was just in one of those creative slumpdom big snit phases - which happen to all of us, even to my new dear friend Annie Lamott. Last night I was listening to this Anne L. book chat on repeat while outlining typography with ink and a very fine paintbrush - I had to pause her she was making me laugh so hard and squiggle my meant to be somewhat straight lines (it was her skiing mishap story for those of you who have been listening along too).
I've been creating all of these new pieces in Photoshop. Hand collaging/mixed media bits, icons & typography, scanning them, close cropping them (les clipping path - Photoshop term) then layering, layering, layering. I can't tell you an exact number of photoshop files, let's just say very many. This week, after today, I need to get ready for this Saturday's Christmas Farmer's Market and package + send my lovely retail stockists Inkwell in Halifax and Dots & Loops in Lunenburg their "better late than never" holiday packages. No calendars this year (sad face) I just didn't have time. Then finally I have one custom/freelance art project and tout fini for 2013 … well almost finished ;-) seems I'm never really finished … secretly I'm pretty sure I actually like it best that way. Shhhhhh ;-)
* I say practically because there is a slight round 2 headed toward me mid-December but I do get a wee, much needed break for a week or so. Hooray !
Monday, December 2, 2013
I needed colour this December morning - all but No.5 are from my vast (& loved) iphoto archives
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day
with no mistakes in it yet ?
L. M. Montgomery
Thank You Pamela from far away Australia for the sweet & lovely package (which I confess arrived some time ago), the owl wrapping paper I LOVE and is hung prominently in it's new spot at CEHQ (Creative Empire HeadQuarters). I have a note ready for the post to send off to you (from all of us) this week. Merci ! my friend.
Kitty YES you may certainly be Betty's godmother!! she's thrilled and I think we'd like to ask Dianne if she would take on the role of second godmother ;-) (also from afar) Dianne ?? much love to you 3 from me & les Gang xoxo