Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Some thoughts...

First, here is my Week 13 card for the DOM challenge. The theme for this week is "what's on your mind."I am not a good sleeper. And it's mostly because I can't turn off my brain. Last night I was up until about 2. I don't toss and turn in bed all night anymore. That just disturbs Morgan. So I got up. The sleeplessness is what inspired my card!
Thought bubbles are a brush called blahblahblaaah by Seishido. The picture I took with the iSight camera on my Mac. Then I colored around each bubble with colored pencil to give them some color and then I filled them in with crystal laquer.

As I mentioned last week I've been reading a book by Sark. The chapter I've been reading is titled the Land of No about all the reasons we don't live our creative dreams. One section in particular spoke to me. It's about procrastination and perfectionism. Perfectionists tend to be procrastinators because they set the bar so high. It's not that they are lazy. And I loved this part... The blessings of perfectionism are that the work is often uncommonly good, if the perfectionist can just get brave or determined enough to share with a sensitive and insightful person. So true isn't it! For so long I didn't share my ideas or things I made because I didn't want to be judged. Or I want ed to get things "perfect". That's why I stopped painting in high school. It was never good enough. Now I realize how silly that is. Art, or any creative endeavor, should be done because it makes the artist happy to do it. She also says that "we can learn new habits of completion". I love that idea too. I've created so much more this year than I have for so long. And I feel so good about it. It makes me happy. And I think because I am creating more and frequently the ideas flow better and all of that makes me like my end products more. Last week I was feeling in a bit of a rut and I just had this awful dread that I had lost "it". My creative mojo. But I think it just ebbs and flows. I think and then I make. And then do it again. One cannot just create like a machine all the time. Then there would be no time for reflection, or refinement, or new ideas. Or just observing. Which is where a lot of my inspiration comes from.

And off to left field!... I have not post any pictures of Owen recently. I've been taking them! But they just haven't gotten on here. So here is my little man "helping" with the laundry!
He loves to kneel by the basket and pull things out. And this day he must have decided that there was enough room for him!

15 comments:

Lis said...

Fantastic card love the thought bubbles :)

It's Not Easy Being Green said...

Love the thought bubbles. Great idea. And Owen is too cute!

jess said...

i love your card!! and you little one is so so cute!! Love that photo!!

Marjolein said...

I like your card, looks good with the bubbles!!

Sylvia said...

Love your card! It's great, especially the thought bubbles!

Je@net said...

Love your card, looks so great!!!

Nat said...

love those thought bubbles- awesoem card!!!

Jenny said...

This is such a great card! Love the picture of you with the though bubbles!

Penelope Crackers said...

I think you and I must be very much alike. I remember the first time I came to your blog and read your description of yourself I laughed and read it aloud to my husband, because it sounded exactly how I would describe myself. I really loved reading about your card today and the book you've been reading. I am a procrastinator/perfectionist and stopped painting just after high school too. I went into a rut last week and thought that I probably just wouldn't do my "I believe" card and maybe I had just "lost it" too. It's so strange to have someone write exactly my week, my deep feelings and have them be theirs as well. It's the first time I've been creative and done stuff with art since high school. We must be kindred spirits. :) I'm so glad to know another :)

toners said...

What a great card! Awesome idea :)

Gina (frazzledmom) said...

Oh wow! Just look at Owen, he sure is growing fast!

Those bubbles look awesome! Your cards always rock!!

Noelia said...

LOVE that card! Heather you impress me so so much! Not only because you make beautiful art but because you're just DOING IT and LOVING IT. Your creativity insights and observations have been speaking to me loudly recently because I'm a perfectionist too. It's not a good thing when it comes to creating art because art is so subjective isn't it?

Owen is a cutie, love seeing a picture of him.

Nicole said...

Gorgeous card - it is so totally fun!!!

Kim said...

Love the thought bubbles - what a great idea - TFS!

valerie said...

cool card lovethe journaling and baby in a box what a novel idea