A very mixed media collage reviewing my first week of revisiting the artist way.
Earlier in the year I really enjoyed the Mixed Media Memoirs inspired by Melba. The way that I did them I found them to be a very powerful method for dredging* through my not-conscious self and putting together the images I'd already been working with, whether on the computer or in my journals or dreams.
As I've not been joining in with the current run through the chakras that Melba has been engaged in I've not been doing any recently. However I thought I'd experiment with this style as a way of doing my reviews of each week this time through the artist way. After all if I'm doing Morning Doodles instead of Morning Pages it seems only logical to have a more image-oriented way of reflecting on the week that has past.
Some of these images I blogged on the day I did them but others have gone unmentioned until now (still more didn't make it into this collage but that's okay reviews are selective).
Clockwise from the top
Shepherd - in this last week I've been drawn to three different images of shepherds; one a Cotswold shepherd (drawn here), one a bishop and the other a woman who is both a shepherd and a priest. (And I've wondered why they carry crooks because, with all my recent reading of detective stories, crooks are the bad guys! ;-)
Boat - see Lifes Ups and Downs
A rather sad looking woman - she was a doodle that came through one morning and does express the not so cheerful, not so brave, not so carefree part of me
The witch - I got as far as putting her up on flickr but when the posting I'd written to go with her was discarded by Firefox crashing I got all superstitious and refused to redo it!
Life / DNA building block - this was a fun doodle that I just didn't happen to blog
Face Your Body - see Day 1: Revisiting the Artist's Way
Madam Butterfly - see yesterday's Butterflies. I've never laughed so much at one of my own pictures as I have done looking at her!
Blue butterfly - this was one the first versions of the butterfly that became Madam Butterfly - though here I've played with it some more so its transformed yet again.
Then there is the big black butterfly which I cut out intending to make the diamond earring be lined up with the body. When I opened it up and looked at it I discovered that I also had some words on it - "art of you" - this had originally been "part of you" in an advert for jewelry - I took this as encouragement to make the next butterfly
Me as Butterfly - and now I know that if you feel little bumps on your head they might not be devils horns growing but the beginning of your butterfly's antennae!
In the background I used the orange scribble from last Friday. Reluctant Nomad had commented on this being a synchronicity for him and has since blogged about it.
I found myself very engrossed with making art this week, however I also found time to read E is for Evidence, F is for Fugitive, G is for Gumshoe and H is for Homicide and sold (through my Amazon marketplace listings):
- The Wheel of Eternity
- Balancing Your Chakras: How to Balance Your Seven Energy Centres for Health and Wellbeing by Sonia Choquette
- Your Heart's Desire: Using the Laws of Manifestation to Create the Life You Want by Sonia Choquette
- A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws
- Witch Crafts: 101 Projects for Creative Pagans
* I dredge my not-conscious, whilst I've noticed Tinker has been wading in her stream of consciousness.