Yesterday I was having a conversation with an out-of-state blogging friend I’ve never met in person and we were talking about what it might be like if we lived in the same neighborhood and could hang out over a cup of tea. A lovely thought. And then yesterday I discovered Weekend Coffee Share, a weekly feature over at Part Time Monster’s blog. I’m certainly not one to resist such a fortuitous invitation.
If we were having coffee, we’d likely start our visit out on the front porch where you could test out those new comfy cushions I got for the chairs and you could enjoy the wafting scent from the nearby lilacs. I might take you around back for a quick tour and show you my enormous and delightful bleeding hearts, but we wouldn’t stay long. The air is literally saturated with moisture and the promised thunderstorms seem very nearby indeed. So I’ll head us inside and take you up to my tiny little studio where we can talk and I can show you some things I’ve been working on.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you how finally this week it’s beginning to feel like I’m moving into my spring/summer creative rhythm. And how I love having a whole slew of projects to work on that I can wander amongst as I’m inspired. Like these three journals.
I do an under-a-minute sketch each day, which is the journal on top. I’ve been doing this for quite a while now, and now I’m thinking I’ll start adding words to the project. I’m thinking maybe a one-sentence story or a found poem – just a bit of a writing challenge practice each day. I’m also on this huge gluing/pasting kick at the moment – it’s the call of sticky fingers. The bottom journal is quick magazine tear-out compositions in response to prompts. I love this kind of project because I’m very good at trusting my intuition. I don’t overthink, I simply go with my first reactions. And then later, it’s really fun to look at the compositions and see the not-so-obvious. It’s like discovering a delicious secret clue I’ve left for myself. The middle journal is a collection of b&w printed images of various pieces of art I own. Now I’m going back and adding color to the pages – adding layers, either emphasizing something from the original or juxtaposing something entirely different onto the images. This is another process I really enjoy, and I credit it for helping me hone my ability to make connections.
While we were sipping our coffee, I’d remind you that tonight is the new moon, and ask if you had any plans to celebrate it. It can be a powerful time to set an intention for the lunar cycle and make wishes as well. I’ll certainly be doing both, and given that I’m really enjoying cutting-and-pasting at the moment, I think I’ll do a dreamboard as well. The new moon doesn’t arrive until 11:15 this evening in my time zone, so I think I’ll have a fabulous late night in the studio.
I’d also tell you that I’m hoping to spend some time this afternoon devouring the latest issue of Uppercase. I love this magazine. There’s always so much to savor. And this is the printmaking issue which I’m especially looking forward to reading. With this issue, subscribers received a bonus tucked into their mag – a randomly selected print submitted by printmakers across the world. I’m over-the-moon delighted to have received this beauty from Kate Brennan Hall. I love her work!
And just as Kate’s work says, if we were having coffee, I’d wish you happy thoughts, sweet words, soft touch, and a peaceful heart. What about you? What would you tell me about if we were having coffee? Have a new moon wish? A journal project you’re loving? Do tell – you know I love to hear.