Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Following the i ching

i'm trusting in the wisdom of the i ching and being creative whenever i can...a new term starts today though so time for this will be reduced to slithers. i've probably got my priorities wrong, but i'm just trying to survive. thieves stole my number plates and they are going to clone a car and do bank jobs and i'm going to get millions of parking and speeding fines (or worse).
these pictures aren't finished...i'm not good at finishing....i've finished my entry for seth's call for work....but i'm not good at posting either....i hope it will get there...otherwise it will have to go and sit in the drawer with the sketchbooks from last year's sketchbook project
which never got done.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

This girl blew my head off tonight


i get to watch 'the voice' every week when i am visiting dad in hospital and i'm totally hooked. if you like mega voices and in your face style then check out tonight's performance by Ruth Brown. she is my new hero.


Sunday, 8 April 2012

what the I Ching told me

my sis has an I Ching book and sometimes we open it and throw the coins. I'm not sure about the fortune telling properties of it (in fact i don't know much about it at all) but occasionally it has been remarkably accurate. Never more so than when my Dad took part just before his cancer diagnosis and his readings were all about coming to the winter of his life and letting go of life. We were a bit taken aback at the time and I don't know about everyone else in the room but it brought a massive lump to my throat.

Anyway, for a while now (well, since January to be precise), each day I have been doing a tiny drawing in a small diary I carry around with me...it's true what they say about doing something daily for more than 21 days...it becomes a habit. It's become a little ritual, even on days that I don't feel like making art or on days when I don't have time to make art. Each space or day is only about 7cm x 4cm so it doesn't take much to fill it. I think it's a good way to be creative even when you're on the move and it's a nice record of days.

Here's a pic I took of the diary last week and a little picture of some figs that I drew on Friday.

Recently, I did another I Ching reading and I asked the I Ching how I can get through the challenges I currently face. Sometimes, it all seems overwhelming with so many problems colliding and sometimes it feels like I won't get through it. The I Ching told me loud and clear that creativity is the way. I was quite cynical when i first read the readings because I felt that art had become trivial and meaningless. Now I've had a few days off work and a chance to splat some paint about it does feel like it is a way through.
Thanks to everyone for the supportive messages on my last post and to Celestehttp://celestebergin.blogspot.com/ for encouraging me to blog. I'm not sure what the next months and years have in store for me but I will do my best to be here and at yours and to keep being creative whenever I can.