Wow, I've been so caught up in One World One Heart that I've neglected to post; no one may have noticed, but as a former writer of fiction (avocation) and non-fiction (vocation) I certainly sense the lapse. The forming of thoughts, selecting words for both meaning and inflection, the editing... I suppose the point is that it's a lifelong habit and still a very necessary part of my new existence - unable to work at the company I founded in 1990, instead focusing on my passion for art.
Almost as often as I've gotten generous, thoughtful comments about the art photos I've posted, mention has been made of my writing. It has inspired, informed or just resonated with another who is paddling whatever boat I'm in at the time. Lately, I have been wallowing in a creative funk. I did not recognize it as a gestation period, a hovering, waiting for the way to become clear. I was nearly frantic after a couple of weeks of either not producing or resisting the temptation to use my substrate for insulation. Then the words of art angel friends conveyed the importance of the lull, the internal quiet that is really only a buffer for the loud, abstract groan of the wheels turning, forward motion.
Again, it might not be noticeable to anyone else, but as I've worked at the table I've felt different, a kind of "yes!" confidence that my art career isn't over, just evolving. So I'm happily creating again, having silenced my monkey mind to achieve a state of flow, the intuitive piecing together of color, texture, word.
OWOH has accomplished its mission and it's only February 4th. I've exchanged comments and met dozens of bloggers, found artists whose work will continue to be an inspiration and realized that, in spite of all the negative, problematic evils of the world, there is one constant heart beating, echoing across the globe that reminds me why every day is truly a blessing.
The first journal is actually a mini composition notebook - it measures 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" while the one below is a 5" x 7" spiral bound. I must have neglected to size the images correctly when scanning or saving in Photoshop. You get the idea:) Happy creating and enjoy the remainder of OWOH. Oh, and thanks for reading!