A quick delightful spurt of journaling with pens, watercolors and lovely sketch paper quickly gave way to incessant journaling. I spent a lot of time coloring and painting highlights and entries, but really, non-verbal art-making is just elusive. The Year To Clear What Is Holding You Back has not resulted in very much being revealed as I had hoped– but I am still 45 or so days away from the end, or re-start.
Here are some scribblings from Mid-August.
I signed up for three online watercolor and acrylic painting courses, and was following a couple of art blogs that inspired these three images, executed from the safety and warmth of my custom-made semi-loft bed. In November I began a new journal which I have lost somehow, and in the missing journal there are some pages of color mixing, using a split palette of warm and cool primaries. This is very fun and has refreshed my excitement about using color–Pantone 15-0343 Greenery is the color for 2017.
I play in three different bands a minimum of three days a week, one of which is on the Mondays I used to reserve for painting and drawing. Also, I am on facebook pissing away two or three hours a day, and had spent a lot of what could be creative time shopping for jewelry on Etsy. I am pretty much sated with that now. Also there are still six gardening jobs that get me out of the house a few days here and there for creative and exercise purposes. Also, I have plans to engage with my friend and neighbor Jean W. for some arting and tea.
The studio on Howe Street has issues that hold me back from utilizing it: barking dogs, bad air, no insulation (too hot/cold) 2-hour parking restriction, interruptions from the homeowner, who is a dear friend and likes to chat, and for now, the immobility of the rolling door over the cracked and lifting concrete floor that makes it nearly impossible to get in and out. The fact that it is within walking distance somehow doesn’t register. I have begun clearing there, and brought in some electrical cords and tools that will focus me more on things I cannot do at home. With the new year and returning light I will be going there at least on Fridays, after my weekly trip to my Oakland job.