Good Morning, Everybody.
It is bitterly cold here. It was -9 during the night.
Those sort of temperatures scare me.
Thank you all so much for such engaged and positive posts. I'm really enjoying them. The other night on msn wintersundog said this thread was a "good vibe magnet"
and I think it really is so far, huh? Cheers everyone for making it so.
leaflady wrote:I decided to give myself a day off and make another icon
And my mind more or less disappeared for the whole day
Isn't that exactly right? Time well spent, Leaflady. I had been struck by the archetypal nature of your pebble icon before I read your post. It reminded me of the story of Baso Doitsu [who I just googled for you and found out was the 'third most influential master in the history of Zen'
] being asked by a monk at the temple one day if he was well. His reply: "sun-faced buddha, moon-faced buddha." In other words, sometimes I'm well, sometimes I'm not, sometimes things are cool, sometimes they're lousy, it's all the same to me, I accept it whatever. I had wondered how you viewed the darkness and the light, how they had affected your creation of the icon, even whether they were important at all for you when you did the painting or if it was just my eyes that found them.
Please can I put a link to the current Eisteddfod HERE?
Look in the Seasonal and Physical Art sections to see work by Leaflady and Magrathea.
[Incidentally Magrathea, I was stood next to Urbandruid the day he took those photos of Snowdon. It was bloody freezing then, as well. You really got it.]
Eilthireach, lotuswelcome, solarization (you funny, funny man) such high praise.
Thank you for taking the time to read the January Seminar. Let's continue to fight the good fight by sharing our creativity generously, first and foremost with ourselves.
Clamhan wrote:its when the inner child and adult meet and reconnect to each other that this process of transformation begins
I do think that this plays a big part. It is almost at times as if our disengagement with art making practice as children were part of the plan, packed away on purpose somehow just so that we could unpack it later in life. You speak of a childish sense of play Clamhan, and I do think that being 'playful' in your art making can lead you into the place where the magic happens, but it's absolutely not always going to be fun. All too often it can be painful, challenging us with our pasts or with deeply held damaging beliefs. When the "inner child and adult meet and reconnect" there can be a process of excorcism, and we need to find deep love for ourselves during this time. Sometimes it is too much to ask that we do this work alone. Seeking help from others can be the deepest of healing choices if we are fortunate to find somebody who can facilitate the very brave move we are making.
Be gentle with yourselves today.