Daily Archives: January 20, 2014

Carolyn’s Colours and Abundance

Two posts in one day! Not a precedent though.  Just a by-product of my Five Lovely Websites series!!

Sometimes when I first get back into my  sacred space  studio after a long break, my head is buzzing so much that I almost need to be told where to start. And this is wherephoto Carolyn Good can come in really, really handy. Each year, Carolyn comes up with colour recipes for the Pantone Colours of the Year. For a few years now, as a getting back on the bike exercise, I have mixed up the colours and waited to see what happens.  I must confess to not being initially very inspired by this lot, but you know what happens next don’t you?  This time, being in the middle of an Australian heatwave, my head said Make something with the cool colours Dave Good thought were au courant (You will have to read Carolyn’s blog to see what they were and what this means!!) but blow me down if my hands didn’t start playing with the more rangi changi* shades of Cayenne, Celosia Orange, Dazzling Blue, Freesia and an odd little teal I threw in because I was feeling game.

I read a lot over my travels as I reflected on my Word of the Year for 2014….Yes, more of that later…and a number of the things I have read have then sort of become ideas for necklaces – as they do.  This year, in a totally non driven way, I am going to make necklaces to go with different quotes I liked!

Early IconAnd then, as I was making my first beads (flowers in fact – you can see them scattered around the ladies like offerings) wouldn’t you know it but I was suddenly making an icon?  (To the right is an early icon) Ah how my heart sang!  I think last year some time I declared this to be the Year of the Bodacious Babe. Or words to that effect.  I have not made my “goddesses” for so long and when these emerged I felt so good. As I made them I was reflecting on my actual Words of the Year (WOTYs)…be patient, it comes together soon!…and thought Over time , why not make a babe/ icon series for each Word. And then I thought, Why not give the 5 readers who successfully identify when I have rabbited on and revealed my 6 WOTY in posts over time, one of the icons?  And when you hear about the first of my WOTYs in particular you will see why this is so CONGRUENT!!!  (That was not one of the words by the way! I will be more explicit than that!)

As the observant reader will note, I have several WOTYs this year-  five I chose with great thought and deliberation (much of which took place sitting in the car crossing our wide, brown land) and one chosen from my happy bag of words on clouds.  And one of them was…. abundance. (Can’t be much more explicit than that for number one!) which for me, is about being able to give abundantly. I want to be like a tree that bears lots of fruit for lots of people because I am getting watered and fed and amphoto planted in good soil.  Towards the end of last year I felt a bit like a tree in a drought. Dry, brittle and not really much use for anyone.  I have to be aware of a few things….to acknowledge the abundance there already is and to be more careful about making sure I am doing, getting the things that help me to flourish. Sleep being a biggie.  Profound isn’t it!?

So, in the spirit of abundance, one of these ladies will be sent to each of 6 readers who, some time in the future, identifies the six Words of the Year! A bit of a challenge – requires some memory skills, comprehension, diligence and all that, but these girls are waiting for special homes!  I hope these amply endowed ladies will help me to be mindful of being abundantand doing what I need to do to be sustainably abundant.

*Rangi Changi is the fabulous Nepali word for colourful.

A week of favourites….starting with Luann Udell

photoYou have to love a woman who uses the phrase a whole nother in her book! Well I do!  I adore that Luann Udell uses a phrase that is one of our family in-jokes in her thoughtful book about How to Get People out of Your Craft Booth.  And I love a woman who talks about getting people OUT rather than IN! She writes with a refreshingly different approach.

I write about Luann because I have decided that each day this week I will write a brief post about a site I love.  In no particular order.  This does not mean I only have 5 favourites, but there are very few I subscribe to, or visit regularly and I am choosing 5 of them to let you know about this week hoping you might enjoy them too!!!

Luann Udell is a mixed media artist who writes so very well that I would read one ofudell her shopping lists really. She writes with authenticity, humour, compassion, wisdom and vulnerability.  She writes about making her art, her family, her fears, her joys, her bereavement work, her business.  She subtitles her blog Muddling Through Life with Art and so many of her posts have resonated for me, or challenged me, or inspired me, or set me thinking differently.  Recently, she wrote a post called Sipping From the Fire Hose about the blessing/ curse the internet can be for creative souls.

The aforementioned book is an e-book and I got it thinking it would be a good but perhaps irrelevant read.  I was so wrong. I loved it.  Such sensible, practical wisdom. Wry observations, realistic advice, really good.  I could see applications to MANY things, even development work but hey, that may just be me!

Enough from me but here are links to five I’ve valued. Explore, ponder, enjoy! And look at her magnificent art while you are there.  I hope I have been able to work out how to put some pieces in this post!

Luann’s thoughts on time management for Creative People

Her thoughts about when you can call yourself an artist

She wrote about Ten myths about artists-here’s one. Explore the others.

Comments I found liberating about who I created for

Some thoughts on anxiety and fear that I remember really got me thinking.

Another Wendy Moore Favourite tomorrow! Strap yourself down!