Yesterday I knew I was making progress when I hit the base layer of paper scraps related to last January's collage challenge. That's how far I get every time I attempt to clear my work desk. Once I hit the point of surveying a tantalizing wealth of collage fodder I pull out various journals and sketchbooks and start working in them all at once.
The same thing happened late yesterday afternoon. One thing led to another once I was reunited with this particular sketchbook/journal. Now I'm back inside of that book and a few others. Most people I know who become interested in working in books as an ongoing thing often wind up focused on more than one book at time so there's something to do while waiting for other pages to dry, etc.
In the page spread above I'd pasted a few things on the left hand side - planning to explore the color palette in the fabric and painted paper scraps. But then I wanted something less refined. I just wanted to jump into the book and stay there for a little while. I began with paint smears and super basic mixing based on this triad:
I wish I had remembered that Turquoise and red oxide just do not make a pleasant purple/violet. I like the grey tones of washing out the color distribution. For a mixing triad I would generally go with Venetian Red for the other two. Red oxide was the closest in this line which I'm trialing throughout this year with an eye towards using them exclusively as the first couple paint layers. The paintings need to be camera/scan ready and I wish I'd opted for the other red I have to hand; no-cad red light. I also want to mix the turquoise with raw sienna and see what the value and contrast range might look like. Works great with watercolors. Today when I play in this book I'll be working with that mixing on a different page. Also want to see what kind of orange comes from the no-cad red light.
This is what it looks like as I type this post. The snow may or may not be stopping. Our baker emailed to offer flexible pickup times in deference to the roads everyone must drive to reach her kiosk deep in the woods. We opted for tomorrow's pick up and are grateful.
Am getting ready for the first/root chakra and thus the color red. Recalled I had started a spread for each of the energy centers. Decided to share this particular journal's title page in this post as well as one side of the root chakra's spread.
Butterfly and paint chips aren't glued down because they will not remain. They're helping me visually meditate - the difference between clear running energy and that which is sluggish or in some way toxified. How that might be portrayed visually.
Also set up a personal Above/Below/Within related to the coming month of root chakra work. I chose themes and imagery related to first chakra qualities that feel especially important to me at this time. Top to Bottom relating to first chakra's qualities of boundaries, embodiment and core energy. Bottom to top as aligned with my pre-selected triune: truth, myth, circumstance. Will next consider how to mix and match those six building blocks.
If you aren't part of the Deep Dive group and are more established blog readers simply following along because why not --
Search for imagery, pieces of fabric, and so forth that might be used in constructing a red square. In the second to the last photograph in this post look at the stenciled image. Notice the blank/cream square behind the chrysanthemum. Imagine you could remove it and work the center of a sacred symbol as a piece of personal sympathetic magic.
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NONE of us feel truly stable right now although I imagine most are doing our level best to stay as balanced as possible.
What if there was a physical "red square" where you went to set energetic roots? Imagine consciously drawing-up nourishment and illumination from ageless wisdom or even just a stray thought you had when you first woke up that offered comfort, nourishment or resilience.
Think of what's been grounding, stabilizing, and connected you to a deeper part of yourself over the course of time spent in a larger arena of chaos, neglect, autocracy, and soul erosion.
Let whatever you know to be true for yourself at that specific level be the starting point of building a red square. This could wind up being a red-on-red nine patch, a freeforall collage you wind up cutting to size or something more deliberate of graphic arts nature.
Today's snow squalls are making hash of my usual atypical neuro-functioning. I'm at 1/3 speed right now due to nerve-zaps as well as marginal walking and talking level disability. Overlayed with a bit of fuzziness due to pain management option of choice. Am intent to continue puttering within cleaning up and a spontaneous collage party with myself as I clear more space and also put things back in their places.
Yesterday I started re-posting old entries and brought back a scrap quilt tribute to my Aunt Grace. Today I'm bringing back a love letter to my favorite city. Always assumed I'd be visiting a handful more times but now I've become deeply grateful for the memories from the post and a trip over the winter break of '03 when J and I met T for his winter break and had a massive two week road trip through northern Italy together.