Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Words To Live By

 "There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best with where we are, every day of our lives."

~Orison Swett Marsden

I wanted to say a huge thank you so much to all of you who left me comments or sent me emails in response to my blog post on Monday.  I was so moved by your support and understanding, and I was energized and uplifted in ways you can only image.  Thank you.

Tthe past couple of months have given me so much inspiration for thoughts, journal pages, and art in general.  When we face major changes we are also faced with choices about how to deal with them.  For me, my sketchbook becomes my confidant.  It is the place where I use pictures and colors, along with words, to work through my process.  It often challenges me to think differently about what I am facing.  

I have had the added distraction of preparing my next offering in the Mastering Twinks series, with my upcoming online class "Twinkling Expressions".  This has been a welcome distraction over the past few months, and has grounded me in very powerful ways.  Tomorrow when this class goes live, my artistic heart will be opened and exposed to you all once more.

It's easy to let go of those elements of ourselves that sometimes feel like indulgences, but think carefully.  Are they indulgences, or are the fundamental to your health and well being?  My art, especially my focus on the sketchbook has been vital to helping me move through the past few months in a meaningful way.  That, and my focus on building my class offerings.

"Twinkling Expressions"  has been my labor of love and is a journey that reflects the growth and changes that have taken place for me this past year. Plunging my brush into my Twinkling h2O's every day has felt like a life-line to sanity, a shroud of light and warmth, and an old familiar friend with whom I can be totally real.

My studio is gone now, what's left of my art supplies are in a box, somewhere over the pacific ocean destined to come back to me sometime in the year ahead. When they arrive, I will have the joyful task of setting up again from scratch.  Unpacking each of my precious Twinkling h2O pots, brushes, and sketchbooks with such joy and excitement.  I can't wait.

In the meantime, I have filled every sketchbook I had kept aside.  When the art flows from change, it flows fast, and in abundance.  I am headed out now to pick up a new book in which to play.  But in the meantime, in the spirit of philosophy, I thought I would share this page that I did whilst in the depths of my decision making. The gum-leaves are done in Twinkling h2O's, the background is mat acrylic, and it is finished in black ink and white and gold gel pen. . The sketchbook is my treasured Stillman & Birn "Zeta" series

For those of you enrolled in "Twinkling Expressions", I'll see you tomorrow.  

Thanks for checking in. xx