Category: Hidden Art
I was having a little trouble making my Americano’s taste as wonderful as my dotter’s. She shows me, I forget.
So she created an easy to follow instruction guide for me.
It works! Thank you, dotter!
I also wanted to share with you Regina’s step by step process for the last Joy Journal Project assignment:
Go here → Comforted in Sorrow
Oh my. Blessings.
This past year, I received the perfect birthday gifts. Bird feeders and a beautiful bird bath. I spent a lot of time watching the birds out my window when I was too tired to do anything else. I found watching the birds to be life-giving. My bird book regularly sat on the table for quick identification of any new visitor. Those birds brought joy to my days. They still do. This winter we have kept the feeders full. The sparrows and house finches fly in together in droves, rhythmically taking turns for food (actually they fight quite a bit, naughty birds). The awkward juvenile cardinals grew their feathers in just in time to look splendid this winter. The nuthatch is here and gone again with each seed. Yea, I could keep going, cataloging the delight I feel with each sighting.
So when my first assignment in ceramics class was a teapot that doesn’t look like a traditional teapot, the birds came to mind. I’ll be sure to post the finished project after the final firing. Thank you, birds, for being my inspiration.
And thank you, daughter the potter, for helping me with my first project.
So I never imagined that 22 years after earning my bachelor’s degree in business administration that I would be attending school again. But here I am taking classes, prerequisites for a Masters in Art Therapy program that I will begin in 2014. After my first week of school, I can happily report that I really enjoy learning and look forward to the challenges and deadlines. I am actually excited about writing a paper in Lifespan Psychology and am ready to dig into research. I’m also jumping into my homework, reading ahead and planning my week realistically. I believe it is the only way that I will be able to balance running our own business, homeschooling our last student, and continuing along my own creative path.
While much of the artistic technique I have learned has either been by reading books, experimentation, or taking workshops, I am looking forward to the longer challenge of a semester class in both drawing and ceramics. While I have dabbled in drawing before, I have not maintained a good practice of drawing, so I’m hoping to see great improvement by May.
Here is my first self portrait in some years with just a pencil. My eyes and lips are too big and my nose is too small, but when I squint, I can tell it is me. I am happy that it is still better than my very first self portrait ever drawn in 2008, yet I am ready to better learn the little tricks to drawing life-like and proportionately accurate.
Something I’ve noticed that has me excited about school is my end goal. I know I need to work through these classes to be able to do what my heart was made to do: art therapy. Although I feel quite drawn to a client base of the homeless or devalued women population, I am quite ready to go where ever God leads me on this journey. He has been known to do things in unexpected ways, so I am looking forward to this adventure.
Once I figure out the rhythm of my life this semester, I will be posting a new class schedule for 2013. I have received several requests for a new soldering class, so I hope to have the information out in a few weeks as to what will be offered. Stay tuned….
We’ve lived in our home for 11 years next month. My very patient husband requested a curtain be put up on the front window to replace the nasty shade that was there. The shade lasted for about 5 years and was discarded leaving uncovered glass. Tonight the inspiration hit. I had just been cleaning some of my piles in the basement and came across a beautiful bedsheet with hand crocheted lace attached. Scott’s great-grandma crocheted piles and piles of lace. The colors used on this sheet happened to be the colors used in our living room.
Voilà! I am so pleased how it matches so well, and I’m sure Scott is glad that I finally got the job done with flare to boot.
This is today’s official Art Every Day Month creation. I call it the art of repurposing. In sewing this simple curtain, I think I fell in love with my sewing machine again. It has been seriously neglected these past few years. Today I remembered all the reasons I loved it so, including that hum it makes when I step on the pedal full speed.
I haven’t been posting much lately, I know. Last week’s shingles got me down for a bit, and this past week we shared Thanksgiving with family. I laughed so hard my eyes squinted shut and hugged so big that I left a part of my heart. And I am so thankful not only for my family, but for my health.
Wishing you all a happy and grateful heart.
Yea, that’s how I feel about the attacks on my body right now, they are relentless. Just when I think I am on the road to wellness, a new ailment rears its head. This week it’s shingles.
I feel like this little hamster I painted a couple years ago, just hanging on.
Then I hear of a friend’s story of making it through Trigeminal Neuralgia, also known as the suicide disease, and life is put back in perspective. I am merely annoyed and slowed down by my ailments, but I can certainly function and cope.
This week I did allow myself down time from the Art Every Day Month challenge just because I was pretty wiped out. But I did get to meet with my fellow art journaling friend and paint a little joy into my week.
Perhaps one day I’ll get that perspective thing and my coffee cup won’t look so wonky, but until then I will be satisfied and will continue in practice. I really enjoy the practice.
And in further news, the supply list for the December Joy Journal Project is here!
Today I tried something different than usual. I painted with watercolors which I am pretty much clueless how to use. And guess what? It was quite enjoyable. And to top that off, I drew a fish and it actually has a fish shape. Hurray!
I don’t draw much, not because I don’t enjoy it, but because I have not disciplined myself to do so. Every time I do, I find great satisfaction, even when my end product may look a little wonky.
The prompt for today’s Attitude of Gratitude had to do with creativity and how I define and express it. Of course I had to add a bit of origami to my page today since I am so absolutely fond.
I am very thankful for creative expression, that I am free to express myself and that I have a desire to be creative in my daily life. One of the things that attracted me to my husband was his creative approach to life. The two of us hand in hand have had great fun in expressing ourselves differently than the status quo. I don’t believe creativity is limited to the arts, but can be found in the tiny details of daily living. This micro expression I refer to as “hidden art”. And as I say on my About page:
Hidden art is not only doing what is thoughtful, resourceful, and inspiring, but also simply being who God created me to be. This too cultivates an environment of joy. He’s hidden a beautiful work within each of us. When we are able to act like our true selves, His art comes to light.
I hope you will all join me tomorrow for Joy Journal Assignment #6 for another dive into creativity.
While working in my Gratitude Journal, I am also working through my upcoming Joy Journal assignment, so you only get to see glimpses. My goal with the Joy Journal Project was to be quite ahead of the game in planning and photographing the assignments. I haven’t fallen behind, but I certainly haven’t come near meeting my goal. I am hopeful this month though. My energy level rises each day, and so does my ability to move beyond daily tasks to ART.
Journaled: It has been so long since I’ve wanted to be here, sitting at my art desk, doing something, anything. I am feeling raw and new like I’ve never been here before. I am grateful to be here, starting anew. Like a child, I want to re-enter uninhibited. I realize to do this, I must admit to myself everything that I don’t know how to do, that I am really just beginning. Well, here I am. Present. Ready.
And I worked on the Joy Journal Project.
Day 2 in my Joy Journal
But I do want to address the topic of the day at An Attitude of Gratitude which touches on being mindful and present in the moment. In my sequestered time, I had to be disciplined so as not to fall into bad habits of laziness such as playing solitaire all day (which I sometimes did anyway). In my quiet moments of which there were many, I began to observe the birds at the feeder, watching their movements, their behaviors and interactions. In these moments, I felt more present and connected with life than any time spent on facebook “connecting” with my friends. I felt privileged to glimpse such a display of beauty and grace. I even have a slight desire to wash my windows just to see them more clearly (this, my friends, is a miracle). The trick for me now as I regain my energy is to keep this awe of the tiny daily things happening around me. I want to be aware of the spiders as they build their webs. I want to recognize the squirrels as they dance across the fence. I want to notice the joy and flicker in my son’s eyes as he tells another cheesy joke. Really, I want to maintain my ability to see.
So if I really want these things, I have to look at what pulls me away from them. It takes me but a second to recognize that every time I sit at my computer, my attention is no longer “present.” It has been sucked into cyberspace. And my phone also gives me the same issue. The trick for me is to use my computer and phone as tools and not as a replacement for connection to life, and not to get sucked in. This may be quite cliché, but if I knew it was my last day on earth, would I spend it clicking around on the internet, running down rabbit holes, checking status updates and new posts?
I’m currently reading the incredible book, Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard. He brings such sharp focus to what we need to succeed in our good intentions (which would include my desire to not get sucked into cyberspace). The acronym VIM is just that: vision, intent and means. Without all 3 of these components, we human beings are not likely to succeed in fulfilling our goals. So if my goal is to stay present to appreciate life, what is my VIM?
Vision: Abundant joy and purpose in the daily is what I feel when I am present and what I envision if I were to stay present.
Intent: I have decided that I would much prefer living a life being present. I want to live this way. I am choosing this direction.
Means: I don’t want to always operate on will-power, battling myself to do what I’ve decided is the right thing. Instead with my decision to live life being present in the space I inhabit, I am going to begin by discovering and identifying what is preventing me from doing this, and continually working towards my goal.
This may be my first year of Art Every Day Month that I am not working to get a daily post of my art done. For the days I miss, assume I’m watching the birds or having an amazing conversation with my family. First things first.
I’ve had some quiet time sequestered in my home. I have not been well this summer or early fall, but feel I am finally making progress towards “the way it was”. The few classes I have taught have taken my full energy leaving me voiceless on the interwebs.
Strangely, being ill has been a blessing to me. All those daily chores that can become so mundane suddenly have new life when one is kept from them for too long. Now I get a little thrill from going to the grocery store and cooking meals. I’m hoping this appreciation of the little things of life will remain for a very long time.
During my forced solitude, I have had much time to process ideas that have been rolling around in my head. This was facilitated by the Shine Bright E-Course which got me thinking about who I really am and why I am here on this earth. That and some nicely placed coincidences brought me to the conclusion that I’ve been veering off my God-made path. Not in a bad way, but rather in a way that wasn’t quite fitting for my purpose. So I have a big announcement, big for me anyway. I will be working towards a Masters in Art Therapy over the next few years. I have a few prerequisites to complete which will be done at the same time my last homeschool student graduates high school. Nice timing as I dive into the program.
So what does this mean for Hidden Art Studio? I will still be teaching classes, but my teaching schedule will be limited. I will still be sharing my art with the world, and I will most definitely be facilitating the Joy Journal Project. What changes the most is my internal focus and perhaps my voice here on my blog. My heart has always been for the underdog. I am most drawn to helping women and girls trapped in homelessness and all that entails. At this point I am turning my attention toward the new Kansas City Rescue Mission Women’s Center which will open in Jan 2013. How this journey will unfold is a great unknown, but I’ve always been one for adventure.