a minimally punctuated, happy blog .....documenting my journey as an artist.....or is it my journey towards being an artist...or my artistic journey that is running parallel to life...and family...and motherhood....and...and...and......am i there yet?
i think my mandala journey was multi faceted .... i am not sure this picture is reallyreally a mandala ... it is more just circle art ... it has none of the calming effect that a symmetrical mandala has .... no symmetry at all .... but, still done during my mandala time .... and i'm calling it a mandala cause it is in my mandala journal .... thoughts on my mandala journey:
- i joined the mandala group because it seemed to be somewhat of an offshoot from another group (the dyl camp's facebook page) ....lots of people that i admired/enjoyed/liked from there were doing it, so it seemed a nice way to stay connected to them ... that worked.
- i bought a big bold 70 page journal and decided i would do 70 mandalas ... even though the class called for 30 ....
- after the fact, i read that a square page was recommended .... oops ... my lovely rectangular journal was still calling my name..... this bit is particularly funny to me cause i'm a square girl. most of my art canvases are square .... in fact, last night, talking to a pal about a painting she said, it's square, right? .... that's how square i am ... she just knew it was square.
- i was unhappy with my first mandala being on a large rectangular page ... all that negative space .... so i filled it up with a quote .... and had a new plan .... 70 mandalas with 70 favorite quotes ... and i'm a planner! i love having an idea and running with it....
..... and that's the lead in to the quote .... life is what happens when you make other plans .... i did not finish the mandalas in the prescribed time ... but that's ok ... even good ... i'm going to keep going .... until i'm done ... i have a march 1 deadline for myself ... only cause i kinda work better with a deadline .. with a plan ... until life happens and gets in the way of the plan....
today i've put off my painting (i'm on an art every day kick) in order to tick some things off my to do list. i've been slow and steady in my christmas prep for a day or two or three. this morning i put up my orange tree. it's artificial, not live.... so it was a matter of snap together and fluff the limbs .... but you might have figured that out already huh? i love the orangey goodness of it SO much that i hardly want to decorate it.... i think it is about perfect like this.... what are you doing to get ready for christmas? are you a traditionalist? or could your house rock a hot pink glitter star on an orange tree?
what do you do on black friday? the day after thanksgiving?
i eat leftovers.
i eat pie.
i make more pie sometimes.
i play games.
i stay in my jammies as long as possible.
i hang out.
i enjoy my family.
i ignore the football game on tv.
i don't shop.
and today, i'll brag.
last friday, i went to pottery and had 11 pieces finished. i had spent the friday before that in a glazing frenzy .... it was such a frenzy that as i ran out of steam, my pal carolyn (yay, carolyn!) helped me finish up.... glazing is not my favorite part ... and i think it is because it is not social.... during my pottery classes, we all sit at these large lovely tables chatting and creating .... and doing the "making" part with the wet clay ... the glazing is on the other side of the room and there's no big chat event going on over there ... just you and all those glazes to stir and mix and pour and drizzle and wipe and clean up ... alone..... so the extrovert in me doesn't like glazing.... i go to class for the extrovert part.... this is a new revelation to me ... i'm going to need to take a poll of the class ... i believer extrovert/introvert will line up with like/dislike the glazing process ....
but i digress ...
back to my brag....
i had 11 christmas gifts come out of the kiln. they are all under my fuchsia fleece in the picture ... 3 large rectangle platters ... 8 small round ones .... and the rest is just my stuff to make more ... i'm always making more....when my friends and family get tired of pottery, i'll need to take up a new hobby ... but it won't be shopping!
here's wishing you a black friday of no shopping .... enjoy your day doing something fabulous!
i love that thanksgiving falls right in the middle of pie week ... so perfect ... a day of multiple pies in the middle of much pieness ....
my specialty (that this week has become little.e.beck.artist's specialty) is pumpkin pie ....but all thanksgiving visitors have asked what to bring ... and all i ask for is pie .... i'm expecting four pies today .... and we'll have three of our own .... making the people to pie ratio better than 2 to 1 ... surrounded by family and pies ... the perfect holiday... happiness and pie to you and yours!
****late edit... as i write this a few days before thanksgiving.... we already at two of the pies ... so only one from us to add to todays mix ... so five pies for 13 people .... a little more than 3 to 1 pie ratio... not bad ...
but, in thinking of grace, i recalled a starfish parable.
and i turned my stars to starfish.
and it is subtle like a circus but says grace now.
i don't know who the parable is attributed to ..... (though not jesus, in my mind the primary parable teller) .... and i just wrote it from memory .... i feel like it is paul coehlo ... but it might be isaac asimov or mark twain or maybe a bunch of writers claim it!
in case it is too tiny in the photo,
here is what i wrote:
man was walking along a beach filled with washed up starfish ….
came across a boy, tossing starfish back into the ocean…
what are you doing?he asked….
am saving the starfish.
them? there are too many… you can’t make a difference….why does it matter?
boy picked up a starfish and tossed it into the ocean … it matters to that one
… and this one … and this one ….
miss your opportunity to toss a star.it matters.
my mandala prompt was community .... i have a number of communities ... overlapping circles of friends ... church friends, school friends, art friends, pottery friends, tennis friends, book club friends, neighborhood friends, suthers center friends, college friends, family friends .... many people are in more than one of those circles ... there are also friends who know the garage door code ... friends with their own key to my house .... i didn't have a notion of how to draw community, my community, when i saw the word at the top of the email ... but in the body of the email, the candle was given as an image ... i like that ... being each others' light .... and then i felt like i found the perfect quote to go with it... nice how that happens ...
as we lead up to thanksgiving, i must tell you all that i am thankful for my community ....
my month of mandalas course suits me. i like having an assignment each day. i sometimes find the assignment too hard and skip it and do my own thing ... my plan is to go back to the hard words .... the day i did this mandala, the word was intuition ..... at the time i was doing it, i really knew that i was doing intuition well ... and right .... but now, a week or so later, i have trouble knowing that i felt that. did i really? it looks pretty to me. and i know i had certain ideas and notions and feelings while i created it .... but i can't really wrap my brain around that when i look at it. i love how it looks in fact... but is that because i felt successful as i made it? quite the conundrum .... like my intuition left!
i guess all art is like this ... you feel a certain way while you make it ... and maybe even want to capture that ( i can imagine this with mandalas, painting, music, writing) ... but when you are done, did you capture it? will other people who see it, know it too?
ok. my next blog post i will be less mysterious and rhetorical. less intuitive. more matter o' fact!
i am elizabeth beck.....happy mom, happy wife, happy artist.......mediocre cook....lousy laundress.......just make do housekeeper......queen game player.....avid reader......unashamed reality tv fan..... avid, yet below average, tennis player .....