If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If it did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. — Charlotte Bronte
Things have been a little rough for me the last couple of months, both physically and mentally. In the midst of the record-breaking snow this winter here in New England, I’ve had a frightening flare-up of a chronic medical condition, and our beloved 21-yeard old cat died of her own chronic condition. I’ve kept my head above water by continuing to make things, but feeling a little bit too vulnerable to share. I woke up this morning wanting to start sharing again, so I think I’m coming out of it.
There’s a light at the end of this tunnel.
See you soon.
Still using the Week 2 daily prompts from Daisy Yellow :
#12 Paisley: A single motif, begun as a conference call doodle, finished when it ran off the edges of the card. [Sharpie pen…and that’s all]
#13 Book review: I went with a sort of pre-book review — an editor’s rejection letter to Ursula LeGuin for The Left Hand of Darkness (a book that changed the way I looked at the world and one of my long-time favorites). Particularly scathing phrases picked out, and offset Samuel Beckett’s famous “fail better” advice. [printed text, color sticks]
With less time to think, this week I’ve been using the ICAD prompts — and making positive progress in my quest to be satisfied with the less-than-perfect. No much of a let-up in sight, so — as they say in my office — the trend is likely to continue.
#9 Alphabet/ABC [Traveling art kit: Flair and fine tip sharpie pens, colored pencils]
#10 The Beatles/Blackbird (one of my favorite lyrics) [Flair pen and found image]
#11 (Mandala with) toy camera scramble [Sharpie pen and colored pencil]
“You have to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”
– Andy Warhol
Gray, windy, rainy day — this patch of bright green moss growing in the cracks between the stones of the retaining wall next to the garage door caught my attention both coming and going.
“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.”
The beginning is the most important part of the work.