Tantalizer 275: Premonitions - From New Scientist #826, 28th December 1972 [link] “Methinks I am a prophet new inspir’d”, says John of Gaunt in Act II of Shakespeare’s King Richard II. I...
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Week 6 - Abundance
A doodle done in Painter IX
This week in the artist's way is all about allowing in a feeling of luxury, being pampered and abundant. This does not mean spending huge amounts of money and in fact one of the activities for the week is keeping track of what you've spent (something I totally forgot when I went to the shops earlier...). The idea is that we often splurge on things that have little value to us and deny ourselves inexpensive luxuries that would mean more to us.
What came up for me when I considered this was that I really wanted an artist's wooden poseable doll - I used to have one but it got irreparably broken - and that one was just a cheap one. So today I looked for them on the web and wondered whether there were any ordinary dolls that were really poseable. I went out and looked in our local toy shop and charity shops. The most poseable girl doll appears to a Barbie which wasn't anything like poseable enough and the most poseable boy doll some form of action man which was much more poseable but came with very odd things attached to it. So I eventually went to the art shop and asked if he had any of the wooden artist's dolls and there was just one, reduced from over £21 to £10. And it is even more luxurious to be giving myself this just because rather than holding it back until Christmas.
I also found a bag in a charity shop that was just the right sort of size and design to carry art materials and sketchbooks around in. It happens to be orange. Some time ago Reluctant Nomad mentioned that Orange was coming up synchronously for him and its culminated in his getting a job in Holland that starts in the new year.
When I got home I noticed there was label in the bag. I've tried to take a photo of it. Maybe you can see that it used to belong to a Dutch person who gives their country as Nederland:
And finally here is a little bird that I found on the pavement (=side-walk) a couple of days ago:
Merry Christmas to you!