Humidity has returned. I'm floating. The growing sanity cloth is a great backdrop. For floating or whatever. Whatever can get mighty big as well. So I will add to the cloth this weekend. Many white scraps have been gathered.
I've settled into a kind of calmness. I'll do a bit of sanity storming today. I am lost in the idea of liquid sanity. Not so square.
Maybe a swim. My back is fine by the way. Old but better than new.
The Gallery and sometimes a shop(in the sidebar) has become a Place for New Work and offerings. I apologize for always changing things. But I am just going with the flow. I am offering work in exchange for donations to Feel Free. If you are interested in work posted, you must contact me first. This needs to be a direct back and forth. Or I cannot do it. I refuse to be scheduled or pressured. Thank you for Understanding. Feel Free is the new wing of my Magic Feather Project. Moneys will be used to continue the open learning center and also as a help fund for others. I can explain later. I need a swim.
I added this one this morning, it was waiting for a bit, but it has already been rescued.
So this Early August Stray. She found herself leaning into the moon.
But then soon began considering that. Leaning. Tendency really.
Today's questions include:
Is leaning into the moon really leaning into the memory of the moon? Since we know it so well to be a constant, is there really ever a New Moon? Is leaning into the moon really leaning on the moon? What is leaning? Is it resting? Depending? Needing? Pull? Are we always leaning? Is straying, in some kind of way, leaning. Leaning away, as it sometimes might happen.
I have been playing with splitting images. (Mentioned it in a post back here) The moon especially. Let it come in from one side and at the same time seem to be leaving on the other. So while leaning on the moon, to the left as it was, the figure is not leaning on the moon to the right as it is.
But I asked myself if the Early August Stray might not be leaning in both directions, by imagining a kind of rocking. Here just caught in part of that. Maybe a second later , in between, before leaning in the other direction.
Dancing in a way.
I cut the moons in half to do this, and laugh at how it is really only one moon. Old and New are one. More or Less. The dance simply embracing that.
This stray has not made it into this Saturday's Shop update. IN fact,I am leaning away from that whole thing already. I want to float in between. That is where I find clarity. I don't like either word. Gallery or Shop. I'm not with that. Those ideas. I'm just here. Offering a thing or two now and then. (something just now.) Dancing around that. Stop by once in a while.
Just testing some new wool yarn I dyed in a fresh leaf indigo vat. The deer trimmed the tops off the plants and suddenly they are all bushy and full! Who knew?
I've activated the Gallery in the sidebar as a little shop. Only a couple of things right now. It's not a regular shop. You need to contact me in order to purchase. Pricing is fair but I will negotiate. My plan is to update on Saturdays. Shop Saturday then. I'll add nine more things next week. I am also opening a new little supply shop with a few surprises. But more about that later.
I am here, meaning here on the blog for the summer. I've retired my presence on Facebook, Instagram, etc for a few months. Maybe forever. There are many changes coming. And I am practicing for less exposure. Undoing the addiction for attention which sometimes I don't even realize is plaguing me. I think we all have that to a certain degree but internet blows it out of proportion. Since my focus has shifted from selling stuff, everything thing else has shifted as well. Reach has taken on new meaning. I imagine it more like a thread.
This old rotting Adirondack chair has been rescued from the garden, The legs cut mostly off because they were almost gone. It has been sanded and coated with varnish. It is very close to the ground. I like sitting close to the ground. And getting in and out of it is great exercise.
I prepared 9 white squares for Sanity. My way of starting over. Which, it seems, I do a lot more than I ever realized. Perhaps the never ending quest for simpler times.
I need a list. I haven't made a list in a long time.
Lately there are a lot of things. Lining things up makes a path.
The first thing on my list is to finish what's here. Why? Because I need to have less stuff. Why? Because we will move from here and I want less to deal with. And stuff gets old. Gets in the way of new. And my mind is filled with new. And I would like to set up a small shop to clear some space and finance some preparations for Going. And the journey through old work is a fabulous way to document where I have been. Am. Review and rethink, explain. To you. To myself.
And all of it might help me find a new path to paper.
The two pieces above are not connected. I just caught them in a moment, both leaning in the same direction.
I have, over this quiet year, promised some of my work away. But it has been a while and what was sometimes is no longer. I don't like to commit to selling before stuff is complete, priced and posted. That is why I don't like to reserve stuff while it is in process. So my format will be something like a gallery. And you will have to email me to get the details for purchasing. A conversation perhaps. Better.
The second thing on my list is clean up and solidify my approach to Feel Free. It has overwhelmed me and it needs attention.
Tonight will be colder than cold, so layers, hot tea are also on my list.
Today I am thinking about what I mean by a Small Journey.
There is a bit of stray in all of us. Don't you think.? Maybe what I mean by that is the willingness to leave our comfort zone, if only for a moment at first.
Every bit of what is here in this piece is a small journey in itself. And in some way it is also a nine patch to me . Imagine that. And now as a composition it is also a small journey.
This is a self portrait, even if just for this morning. I call it Serious Stray...Becoming at peace with oneself while considering weave. I think it is about staying in motion. Learning. And the layers of going that make up a lifetime.
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