I am not even going to comment on the gap between posts. Nor will I say that perhaps I will post more often again. ( I might) It is what it is. I have missed you. I long for the days of more engaged, sincere connection that I get here than I do on Instagram or FB. I feel my days there are numbered…so…maybe….just maybe….I will post more.
Just over three months ago I decided to participate in #the100dayproject on IG. I have resolutely resisted this in the past; watching instead as diligent, disciplined souls made bowls, brooches, did yoga, whatever for 100 days. Not my bag I thought. Enough shoulds in my life without adding more I told myself. You can’t do that; you will fail said the inner critic. Then the effervescent Tracy Holmes bounced onto IG and embraced the challenge.
Who follows me anyway? No-one would know/ care if I failed.
Maybe I could make it work for me???
I decided to combine two passions…colour and my walks in the bush around Mt Ainslie. For 100 days, I would
- go on a walk;
- choose something I saw on my walk; and
- mix that colour only using the primaries of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow +/- black (K) or White as needed and freely share that recipe with anyone watching.
The accountability of having to share my recipe would help me to get out there and walk. That ticked the exercise box. The practice of using just the primaries (you could do one of Tracy’s courses to help learn about this!) would be fabulous practice and ticked the creativity box. And anything that makes me walk mindfully and notice stuff is good! My kind of spirituality!
And I would be sharing. I remember being tiny bit aghast the first time I saw someone selling colour recipes for polymer. I couldn’t understand why people would BUY someone else’s recipes when making colours was so fun and, for me, such an integral part of my creative expression and process. I sense a lot more possessiveness and ownership of stuff on social media these days. There’s a whole other post to be written about this but I guess I was reacting to this…wanting a bit of a return to those early, heady, exciting days in the development of polymer clay as an artistic medium when people shared rather than sold their discoveries. Obviously, there are TOTALLY times when when an idea or technique is ours and shouldn’t be copied or repeated without permission and acknowledgement. I myself ask people to pay for classes! But I see a lot of people on social media getting snippy about someone copying their technique when their technique was being shared on polymer forums 30 years ago. End of rant.
I made all sorts of preparatory good enough statements to my IG follower about how I was human and would miss days and make mistakes. I was essentially lowering everyone’s expectations. And setting realistic expectations for myself. A very useful life strategy! And off I set. I was totally unprepared for how many people would be interested in the journey and encourage me along the way! People even beyond the world of polymer were following…telling me how much they looked forward to my daily photo and recipe. I missed days and the world kept turning. I made mistakes and no-one hated me. And now I have got one hundred (+) fabulous colour recipes and a palette of colours from my place…a place that grounds me and welcomes me and nurtures me.
La, enough for now. Feast or famine. It has ever been thus. Love you gentle reader. Enjoy the colours. Email me if you want the recipes!!