I also said that I would create a piece of art this week that incorporated my new empowering words for 2011. And I said I'd walk you through my process. Well, I did indeed create a piece of art. And I did incorporate my words... ummm, it didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped. In fact, I was pretty grossed out by it. I mean, it's one thing to create something for yourself in the privacy of your own space, and then throw it away if you don't like it. It's another to announce that you'll create something and show it to people!!! What was I thinking???
|"Sun Swirl" reminds me of allowance|
This year I am allowing instead of trying. I'm dropping the oars that I have been rowing rowing rowing my little boat with, and I'm just letting them slide right out of my hands. If I say that I trust this beautiful universe to guide me and provide for me than let's see my belief in action.
I'm not setting goals, I'm not comparing myself to anyone else. I'm going to play when I want, eat what I want, do what I want, be who I want.... just be. If something moves and motivates me, then that's fantastic (and I'm sure it will because I can't sit still for long), but until that time, I'm chilling out and doing my thing. And I won't know what my thing is until I do it. So take some of that world! Are you ready for my "beingness?" I'm feeling the power of it already... just letting go and dropping the oars. (I'm pretty "Type A" anal retentive, so if you see me slipping from my plan, will you please remind me... It's going to take some effort just for me to allow -ha!)
So back to the "word art piece" that I worked on. It fits perfectly into my new intention... It didn't work so well, so I'll show it to you anyway and move right along... Maybe I'll have a go at it again... maybe I won't, but I'm not trying.... I'm not going to row row row my boat upstream and make it happen just because that's what I set out to do. I'll allow the process to flow through me whatever I decide.
A blank canvas... my page full of words, and a pencil. I love my words.
"connection," "release," "expansion," "heartspace," "ease,"
"surrounded by guidance," "embrace the unfolding," "rest," inner sight," "nurture me," "fluid," "blowing joyful kisses," "inner smile," "authentic," "comfort," "swirling energies," "joyful abandon," "surrender," "I am abundant..."
Then I add more pastels over the words to soften them because they seem too much, which turns out to be a mistake because it really dulls the color. I also add some stamps (suns and planets) in the background which I'm not sure about. And my last touch is adding an acrylic shiny paint - streaking it throughout the swirls - attempting to show energy moving... spiraling... swirling.
I stop here and say "enough." It just doesn't move me. It's o.k, though. I learn that in order to get a spiral effect, I could make the words smaller as they go outward, and I could make the spacing get bigger as I go outward. I could make the center look farther away by darkening it. I'm thinking I'd like to take an art class this year so that I can figure all this out faster to save myself some time.
All in all it was a good lesson on what to do differently next time. Just like anything in life really. Just live it and learn it. Get better as you go.
I came upon a quote today that was nice.
"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher
There's that "try" word again which I'm not going to do so much of this year. I did like the quote, however, because the process of creating ANYTHING isn't about getting it perfect or even close to perfect... especially the first time around. Be soft and kind to yourself... allow for learning curves.
So today, I'm letting go, surrendering, dropping the oars, and allowing my life to unfold instead of planning and trying and rowing upstream. And when I am moved to action, watch out world... because I'm allowing a whole lot of power flow through me when I open myself to the potential of this beautiful universe!
Thank you for visiting. Allow yourself to flow with your week.