Gonna be honest, I don't have much to say today. I'm really tired, didn't sleep that well last night, or the night before...or for many nights, I guess. I spent much of the morning prepping for a drawing lesson. I have a great woman who I met when a friend of hers gifted her a Zentangle class with me. She has taken several Zentangle classes with me in the last couple of months. Last month she asked if I could give her drawing lessons (non-Zentangle) and it has been so much fun teaching her, especially because it's forcing me to really learn the foundational aspects of drawing that I've resisted learning. Anyway, I was able to finish this painting this evening. I am enjoying this style and I really like this particular paper. I wish I had made notes about the colors and process I used when I stained it because I just love the combination of colors that occurred. Well, good night world...I wonder what I'll come up with tomorrow....
What I'm about to say might be "out there" for some people. I've never really been into butterflies. They're pretty and all but I've never really had the fascination with them like as decorations or adornments, etc. The only thing I can really recall about butterflies is from a Simpsons episode where they go to Italy, run into Sideshow Bob and his kid, who's set on vendetta, is chasing after a butterfly saying "Vendetta, Farfalle Vendetta". My husband and I cracked up at that. Of course, butterflies represent change and transformation. I'm getting to the "out there" part...in the days after our beloved dog died, we were "buzzed" by several butterflies. We just had this sense that Kagero was sending them to us to give comfort. She, in our beliefs, had transformed from a physical being to a spiritual one and was telling us that she was not only ok, but still with us. Since then, I've regularly noticed butterflies, especially white ones (she was primarily white colored). Since then, not surprisingly, I've thought about incorporating butterflies into my work but nothing has felt like the right opportunity....until today. I decided that one of my ink-stained pieces of paper would look lovely with a butterfly. I think this will be very beautiful when it's done. I often forget to take progress pictures so I managed to remember today and posted the first 3 stages above. I haven't talked about my grief much lately, but it's still very present in my daily life but I'm managing/coping with it. It feels really good to be finding another way to honor her in my work. I miss her every minute.
Crystal Moody, who is working on a year of creative habits, mentioned the Collect app in a blog post. It's a way to keep a visual diary of each day. Here's my collage for the work I created/worked on in August. I took the 2nd off as a vacation day and some days have more than one pic uploaded but it's pretty cool to see all of my work all at once!