Played around in my sketchbook coming up with all manner of creatures today. I was so amazed at the characters that appeared, they just evolved from blobs of watercolour and a graphite pencil……… Its the emotions that surprised me, each one definitely showing a unique characteristic
I am going to be using my sketchb00k to illustrate emotions, an “emotional” journey. Today was a start, a good start thanks to Carla Sonheim and her Snowball diaries http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/
I came across this amazing you tube footage this morning, what an incredible concept for an interactive installation. This really grabbed my attention, hope it does yours too. So simple but with really powerful marks that build up on the walls…….. Please watch and let me know what you think?
“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.” ~Henry David Thoreau
What would I be without it………… These days I cannot find my way through the day if I dont find time for space to be alone, to potter around, meditate, walk in the park, write my journal and have that feeling of total silence. My early morning sojourns over the common across the road from me are bliss, sitting on my favourite bench, feeling the growing warmth on my back as the sun rises behind me, the birdsong, the breeze on my skin.
Pottering about before my work day started I picked a bowl of figs from the most abundant tree I have seen in long while, lucky for me its long branches have made there way over to my side of the fence ! Its lusccious fruits hung down swollen with the ripe sweetness, and as I bit into the soft moistness its honeyed flesh I felt real gratitude for this tree going about its business in complete solitude.
The Benefits of Solitude
The best art is created in solitude, for good reason: it’s only when we are alone that we can reach into ourselves and find truth, beauty, soul. Some of the most famous philosophers took daily walks, and it was on these walks that they found their deepest thoughts.
Just a few of the benefits
- time for thought
- in being alone, we get to know ourselves
- we face our demons, and deal with them
- space to create
- space to unwind, and find peace
- time to reflect on what we’ve done, and learn from it
- isolation from the influences of other helps us to find our own voice
- quiet helps us to appreciate the smaller things that get lost in the roar
There are many more benefits, but that’s to get you started. The real benefits of solitude cannot be expressed through words, but must be found in doing.
That childlike confidence, stepping out without a care in the world. The Fool, the archetype thats take the the hero’s journey through the numbered cards of the Major Arcana.
For me these represent the journey we all embark on, its called “Life”. Guess this is the big picture, but within this inevitable cycle of birth, death and rebirth, that keeps turning, there are many smaller “wheels” many deaths. We need these deaths to give space , we have to let go of things that no longer serve us, all the areas of our life where “we do” just out of habit, or some preconcieved thought processes that we may have adopted from out parents limiting belief systems. Their comes a time when you wake up, enough is enough ! suddenly there are new possibilities, new challenges on the horizon that are beckoning……….
Quietly sitting in the solitude of my studio I felt drawn to create a lino cut, THE FOOL instantly captured my thoughts and it wasn’t until I was looking at it the finished result this morning, I realised the signifigance of the subject I had chosen. I have a new path that is about to unfold next month, something that has been lurking in my mind for so long, years in fact. In September I am to embark on a 3 year training programme to become a Transpersonal Art Therapist. I first heard about this course some years back when I attended sculpture classes at a studio based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner. I new then that one day when I wasn’t so busy I would apply. It took a literal death of someone who had a big influence in my life, this made me sit up and think, follow your dreams……… and I have
I am so excited, I feel like this child like person embarking on a magical journey, not knowing what to expect, taking that leap of faith. I know too it will have its challenges, just as in life but now I know how to be in the flow of life, not resist, to accept “what is” and left life unfold in front of me.