Hi beautiful people..... OK, so I have to admit I am totally loving the blogging experience... Yesterday I got deliriously lost in blog surfing and reading some of the most wacky, silly, fun, uplifting, beautiful blogs by people out there. Yes, there was the occasional advertizement, a few I'm-a-really-angry-teenager/left-wing/right-wing person, and of course the few mandatory porn sites, but overall I was totally positively surprised at people's creativity, wit, and sense of humor about themselves. The thing that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside was the universal need to be heard and valued in this world. I know, I know, most of you have discovered this fact eons ago, but what can I say - I can be a painfully slow learner and a hopeless introvert sometimes. That seems to be shifting for me a bit these days though. This connecting with other people business for no other reason other than because you can is kind of enjoyable....... I really think that having this time off right now (thanks to my incredible, beautiful, supportive husband) is finally allowing me to detox a few years worth of compassion fatigue. It's not that I haven't had time off, because I have, but this is the first time (in possibly ever) that I am doing n-o-t-h-i-n-g other than sitting still with and by myself for any length of time. I love being a therapist, but it definitely has its dark side - and it can sneak up on you in a milli-second - just ask my husband who sometimes gets to witness the sobbing mess called his wife. So, this experience of blogging is turning out to be quite therapeutic. Go figure.
Well anyhoooooo, enough about that.
I promised to share with you some of my touch drawings in my earlier blog, so here goes... This is a mandala I created this morning.
I love this process! While I certainly would not feel comfortable calling myself an artist (instant images of gallery space and a funky art studio flash in my mind, not to mention actual artistic talent - and I claim to have none of the above) this is one of my favorite creative expressions. I have only recently even learned about it (thanks to my dear friend, aka. sister separated at birth, Tamara), so I am still very much in the learning/ experimenting phases, but there are sooooooooooo many things one can do with it! Basically, the process consists of rolling paint onto plexi or glass and then covering it with tissue paper while using one's fingers as paint brushes. They are usually done in quick progression, with no thought involved. The purpose is not so much to create an image of anything as it is to explore what happens if you just "let go". Actually, I've done most of mine to meditative music with my eyes closed. I've heard them be called soul prints as well because like the mandala, they reveal something deeper within us. The prints can then be mounted onto canvas, watercolor paper (or anything else!) and painted. They can be collaged together, used as background for other art.....the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Sometimes just meditating on the images can reveal some new demensions within them, or within ourselves.
"My Inner Goddess" - I was exploring what the "wiser me" might look like.....
I seem to be about swirlies lately........
These two pieces were some of my first I ever did. I don't know why, but I just love them. They are already mounted on canvas and just waiting to be painted... but I am too chicken to touch them.
Finally, this is my loose-leaf visual journal covered with some touch drawings...
So there you go! Thanks for witnessing some of my creations. Have a grand day my dear blog friends.