It all started with a studio/house cleanup/clean out.
I tend to pull everything out, go through it and put back what I am keeping (which was 50% of what I took out).
I also have piles (bags) for donating, boxes for selling and bags of trash.
Lots of paper trash...what in the hell was I going to do with all the paper I was
Anyway, right in the middle of the project, I got sick.
Sinus infection, bronchitis, fever, aches, blah, blah, blah.
Snot a funny thing, I'll tell you.
I am managing to get a little done everyday, little by little.
And I am so excited by the results!
Simplify, simplify - that is what I looking to do.
In looking back over this year, I've been able to see what I've been doing.
It wasn't too obvious while I was doing it but now that I am looking back on it, I can see what was really going on.
Isn't life just that way?
The power of hindsight.
I have spent a lot of this year resting.
And trying to figure out what I want to do.
What do I mean by "what I want to do"?
I spent years at home, making things, creating art.
I didn't really read a lot of blogs or magazines.
I just did what called to me.
The past 2 or 3 years I've read blogs, magazines and took a couple of online workshops.
As I was cleaning out my studio, I could see that I had created several pieces of other peoples art.
Oh, my hand was in it but some of the images were not mine at all.
(in my own defense, I did not claim that it was my "original" art but inspired by someone else)
But that distressed me.
I do not want to lose my own voice and I feel that the past few months have been very good for me.
The resting, thinking and looking inward.
I think that I will be better equipped to raise my voice this coming year.
Now on to something that I'd like to share.
I feel so blessed to have a piece of art in Lesley Riley's newest book "Quotes Illustrated"!
This is such a cool book, especially if you love quotes (and art work).
It's full of one of a kind art work that was created just for the quote that it illustrates.
My quote was by Karl Barth.
"Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace."
I used plaster embedded gauze, joint compound, acrylic paint and glazes to create a canvas with a niche. In the niche is a piece of driftwood shaped like a wing.
Seriously, it looks just like a wing. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of driftwood that I have ever found.
I'll explain why I created what I did in response to the above quote.
I felt that the layers of plaster and joint compound were representing the layers that our lives have- the many relationships, the heartaches, the trials that are required for grace to develop in our life.
I scratched marks into the plaster much as living our lives leaves marks on us.
The beauty (or horror) of each mark shows the layer below it.
The wing shaped driftwood could represent that promise of freedom that grace would offer us.
Grab a copy for yourself so you can see all of the creative artwork inside.
Maybe you will also find a quote that sparks your creativity as it did mine.