These first two journal spreads were completed in Orly's class at Journalfest. When we walked into the classroom there was a packet of collage papers and a large, beautiful bird at each work station. No two birds were alike and each one was astonishingly beautiful. The class was about mapping ourselves/our lives and I loved it. I wont describe her exercises but I will say that she works very differently than I do and that it is wonderful to shake yourself out of your own rut from time to time and get a glimpse into another way of journaling.
She had us work over the edge of the page and onto the next spread. To map ourselves and to look at our lives in a new light. Since then I've been thinking a lot about the anthropology of self-study. Taking note of what attracts me, where I point my camera, where the love lies. We are so different than each other in our preferences and habits. How well do we know ourselves?
I've been dashing around for the last several days preparing for my encaustic class here in my own studio. I could never have done something like this before. Opening myself up this much, sharing everything, trusting that it would be wonderful ... no, it has taken me awhile to get to this place. I am ecstatic that we never stop growing and changing. That I can let in what after all is so good and uplifting.
Here is the little Christmas cat I sent back to Lorraine for the fund raiser. I'm stunned as usual that the year has gone so quickly and that we're looking at Thanksgiving already. Life is just gliding out from under me even as I try to savor and hold it. How sweet each moment.
I'll try to come back next week with pictures of the class and our paintings. We are going to make some awesome stuff. ;-D