I’ve been away from blogging since January. I got a paid writing gig — ghosting writing stories for children for a toy company. The themes of the stories are the values that aren’t taught in school. It’s a wonderful project and I’ve been enjoying the work. The great thing about it was that I got the job from a man who reads my blog — so I felt really good about the time and care I take for this blog.
At the same time, I got an opportunity to work with Dean Brantley Taylor of the band Mad July on paintings for a video, which will debut soon. With the illustration work, the writing work, my work with children at Bridge Meadows, I just didn’t have the creative juice left to keep writing the blog. It’s good to know when you have reached your limits — if you go too far, the quality of your work suffers and you drain the creative reservoir.
In the midst of my break from blogging, I got a nasty flu which took almost 5 weeks to fully recover from. I missed a few deadlines with my writing and illustrating projects, I had to cancel a storytelling gig, but I’m working with very kind people, and I got back on track as soon as possible.
|Flying Turtle — one of my symbols|
|Turtle in the style of Walter Anderson|
I’ve missed blogging but have mostly kept up with reading my favorites. I dearly love that we have this form of media populated with everyday people. I’ve always believed that every person has a creative spirit, and I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to help people express themselves. I believe we need a chorus of all voices in this world. All these stories and art forms may not clear up the confusion, but they will add to the magic of life on earth — especially mine.
While I’ve been on blogging break, I did keep my journal. I made a commitment at the beginning of the year to stop resisting and write every morning. I’ve succeeded in writing every single day this year! I keep the journal right by my bed and write first thing. It’s not always coherent, but it sets a creative tone for the day.
|I did a lot of writing on God because I decided to join the Unitarian church|
I’ve been illustrating the journal when I get a chance. I draw in margins in spare moments during the day. I’m drawing a lot more from imagination than drawing from life. I sometimes start with drawing an object or person and then just wander off into my imagination. Most of my journal drawings have been decorative. I’m enamored of the artist Walter Anderson. I hope to draw from life a little bit more and illustrate my days better. Now that it’s Spring, I want to spend more time sketching nature.
But I’m a wanderer. I’ve noticed in these past busy months I’ve used spiral symbols a lot. I think I act in spirals — I get an idea, I start, I wander round and round, then wind up somewhere parallel but some distance away from where I started. This may not make sense to anyone else, but it does to me. The reward for journal writing is I get to know myself better. I get to rewrite bad days, soothe scrapes and bruises, celebrate the daily comforts and kindness.
Thanks so much for reading my posts.
I’m linking this up to Paint Party Friday, where you can find a lot of everyday artists sharing their spirits.