I thought it would be appropriate to share this latest painting since my family and I attended the "Greatest Show on Earth" last night in Atlanta. I have to say, in the 5 years we've now attended in a row, this was by far the best. Some major changes are what helped make it much more enjoyable. The first thing we all noticed was that there were not 3 rings set up. Isn't it called the "3 ring circus"? It was one big act, you didn't have to choose one ring to watch, or try and watch 3 at a time. And the acts were amazing. Some almost a little Cirque de Solielish actually. The music and costumes definitely echoed that feeling. So our favorites? William loved the motorcycles in the ball, Mailey loved the horses, Nana the loved the skipping elephant, and I loved the boys at the end on these swinging poles. It was quite an evening!
My favorite I've found yet was this one. "School is boring". I was such a daydreamer, that my days were not boring in school because they were full of excitement in my head!
My Pink Bicycle, 24" x 24"
"The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you."
I've always loved writing. I have poetry from the old days tucked away that I've NEVER let anyone read. Mostly I wrote about love and the anguish of lost loves. You know, typical teenagey drama. Some days I feel the need to express more in my art through adding words. I have a technique that I think is unique. So here it is.
First I create the painting. Once the painting is complete, I select an old book and start cruising the words for sentence fragments or words that literally speak to me. I cut the words out and continue to cut until I have a fluid verse of sorts. I am not a poetry expert by any means, but I do like to put words together and create little stories. I really like this piece, and it all started with finding the words "little dreams". I have lots of little dreams these days, and some are coming true. I believe that life is stream of events that people, things, and places can alter along the way but only if you allow them to. Things do not happen by chance, but rather are placed in your path to encounter. How you approach the oncoming obstacles is what defines your fate.
I was in a bookstore today and found that Somerset Studio now has a publication out called Art Journaling. I haven't studied the pages well yet, but I glanced enough to know that other artists enjoy placing words with their art as well. If you have a chance, cruise through this beautiful publication to become more inspired on how to use journaling to enhance your work. I find it refreshing to get these words onto the canvas. So might you.