Today it is raining. Not a lot. Not Enough really.
But enough to delay the scheduled firewood delivery. Monday then. No stacking today.
But more water for dyeing.
it's dark today and the overhead light is my Sun
It is interesting how different it seem to be hosting a "class" here on the blog. It doesn't seem like that. It seems more like what I called a "Diary Series". A long term day to day creative journey. But different still, being more mixed into regular life. I think that is what it has all become. The teaching thing has merged with the blog. This is significant for me. The Becoming One. For one thing, it takes the stress of scheduling out of it. And really, it makes it all so much more real. Free-er. In a way it all has become one, less. But in another way it all became more. Now it certainly is more about Just Going. Oddly, the security code for getting into the original class was "just going". I marvel at how the layers of days bring new form to my thinking.
Anyway, this teaching series is now officially renamed. The SunMoonStars Diary. I made that one word. And added it to my computer's dictionary so it would stop reminding me about breaking rules.
I'll tell you why I like this. Because this is how it is for all of us. We share the Sun and the Moon and the Stars. And we share how it goes, day to day, as we find time for creative thinking as the world turns. We are not different in this regard. Maybe only in how we manage it, how we see it, what we expect from it.
So before I did some new storming, I cut out the text from the original word play and saved it as an image. Then I added some color. Digitally. For folks who are computer-comfortable, this is no big deal. Not everyone is. So in real life, it is like printing out the text on paper cutting it out to the size you want. And then maybe painting over it, using the text as a base. I like how the words then might become like image. A sketch or a painting.
When you paint with a computer, the color is always interrupted by closed edges. I laughed out loud as the little moons formed here. Not expected, initially annoying, now gloriously appropriate because I noticed them.
So I am stopped in my original tracks and the moon has been caught in my words. And my words in Old Sky. Probably if my mind had not been slowed down by focus in the first place, I might have filled in the spaces.
Some where along the way it became more than what it is commonly defined as. For me.
It is a compositional tool. Commonly used. But for me, the way it began, was as a tendency. And a way to connect.
I made a few notes to myself this morning. Just to remind myself.
Remind myself of how definition comes to be. How redefinition refreshes how we know. What might be. How we might begin to explain how it might happen through redefinition.
My notes included:
How worlds apart might come together.
Alignment is a TENDENCY (related to SENSE)... the strength in that; Good, Bad, or Indifferent.(following)
The root of the word is line. A-line-ment. Often definitions deal with reference to a straight line.
For me, not always a straight line.
For me. A path related to FLOW. A STORY-LINE. A WAY to NEW FORM.
Today I begin a long process of organizing the notes to self in order to better talk abut my wacky theories about composition. I seem to have a tendency to just go but really there is thought behind it. The conversation has often been a silent one with myself. Notes to self are, I realize , often in my own language. I will work on making them easier to understand on a page called SPIRIT CLOTH LANGUAGE which will pop up over at FEEL FREE soon enough.
This nine, The Tendency to Align, is the first piece of the outer ring of the Nest of Days. (...continued from here.)
It will be the Wonder-Ring. A big one to remind me of the need for space. The cloth will grow a lot.
So here I am. Gathering scraps of self and cloth, ready for another Journey. Backwards and forward. Maybe round and round.
I had to spend some time redoing the design of Feel Free a bit because the template I was using was not working well with all browsers. The internet is so charming sometimes. To get things to work across all platforms is a never ending quest. Because all these companies compete, trying to block each other's success.
Still feeling free though. No schedule for going I think, just going.
Today's nine is based on an old pattern I used to call cornered.
Today, based on a change of direction, I renamed it waves. Because flow is on my mind. I find it ironic, Funny in a way, how one thing becomes another. Maybe even totally. Just by looking at it in a new way. I will take a day to quietly reflect on my new quest to undo ego. There IS a logic (a kind of intention) in everything we do.
Probably too much of it today but then probably not. Humidity is off the charts. The birds are out singing in it.
Nine for Rain unrolled. On the table today. This is part of the Nine for Everything series. An important group of small cloths based on a crossroads alignment, within the framework of the nine patch. The nine patch has been the basis of my work since the very beginning. It ties me to the tradition of quilting. Yet, is takes me forward with the possibility of redefining tradition, which is my ultimate goal. This all allows me to rock back and forth. Between old form and new form. Sometimes I just float in between. A kind of resting.
It is the two center sets of three. And how they crisscross. How the center becomes a window, a focus, a meeting place where the two directions interact. The way there is a sense of path, continuing, formed by the threes. And then the tie to the sense of weave that permeates my thought. The vertical, the thing that stands. And the horizontal, the the thing that moves through. The sense of new form that might be woven from that. It takes a long time before things take the shape of persistence.
Today I consider reach in a new way, once again attempting to get out of my own box. Someone emailed me recently and said, "You share too much of your process. Protect your art."
Anyway. I am considering a new name for this series.
And by the way, just to be clear, sharing is my art. And in case you haven't noticed, I am out singing in it.