You better be sure that every chance this girl gets --- she gets OUTTA town.
A few hours inland and the noise has melted into open space...and with that my hands start to fidget and awaken to play.
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Below are a few life Truths that emerged from a few hours of cutting, gluing, burning my fingers, arranging and ever re-arranging:
1. Just START: You can't overthink the beginning of a creative process- whether that be making love or brainstorming for business ideas, you have to hear your initial instinct and go with it. For me, it was the central piece with the lady and squiggly things radiating from her face. It just felt like the right starting point.
2. USE WHAT YOU HAVE: This collage was made with things laying around the garage plus objects from my new favorite pastime--natural shoplifting- aka - shell collecting. It might sound crazy but sometimes we can be way more creative with restricted options--- think of how many more outfits you could put together if you had half the amount of clothes in your closet. See? "The grass is always greener where you water it" and all that jazz :)
3. BREAK YOUR RULES: Once you embark on creative expression rules start to... bend. Working on this piece helped me push through mental blocks as to what I could and couldn't do--- what was proper and not, what looked amateur or impressive. The frame you see, fell and broke as I was hastily unwrapping it, but I used it anyway. And everything got thrown on the floor. (If that's not a dream come true, I don't know what is.) This is your time to design the castle of your kingdom-- and also a great way to practice your self-determination for outside of crafting.
4. TAKE BREAKS: Rome wasn't built in a day, and nothing that is likely to stand longer than a day, was either. This project was intense; every time it stopped feeling fun, I took a short break; poured something refreshing, lifted my eyes to the sky or got up to stretch. Not hopping on my phone was ONE rule, I enforced for myself; as maintaining flow was important and status updates were not.
The vital ingredient weaving all these mini ahas together was the Breath. Being aware of it; deepening it; slowing it down.
We are not machines, we are living, breathing pieces of Art eagerly waiting to give ourselves a "time out".
ps: how many shells can you find? ;)