mixed media panel
This mixed media panel is a collage that includes used tea bags at the top. I was inspired by the wonderful Patti Roberts-Pizzuto to start saving used tea bags to use as a collage element with my encaustic paintings. And back in 2009 I went to the Old Town Art Fair and saw the amazing work of Rasa Pranckunaite who had stitched a bunch of tea bags together for one of her pieces and I have never been able to get it out of my mind. I am a coffee drinker so I have never had tea bags handy, but my husband (the more health-conscious of the us) has started drinking tea and has been saving the bags for me. This piece is not encaustic, but I couldn’t resist adding it to this collage.
If I could include a subtitle to this post the full title of the post would be “Intentions: keeping it real”. This panel is the first creation of 2011. The funny thing is that so far 2011 has been really crazy/hectic/fuzzy that I can’t remember when I finished it!
Actually, the very day that I wrote my recent post on my art and business goals/intentions for 2011 I had an afternoon/evening of caring for an inconsolable 10 month old. The rest of the week followed suite as it turned out she had caught whatever nasty bug has been going around and then gotten an ear infection. So, the moral of the story is, I write these goals/visions/intentions down, but reality of daily life is different. Nights up rocking a baby, mornings of spilled coffee and trying not to be late for preschool drop-off, of oh no the laundry is still in the wash, of oops I meant to pull the chicken out of the freezer this morning, of I really need to call my sister back, but I never can find the time….
I am not complaining. This is life and life is full and messy and hard and wonderful. I am a wife, a mother, an artist, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a neighbor. I am always trying to balance it all. I often feel fragmented and I am often messing up. But I think that’s normal. My goals and intentions are there to strive for, to keep me going forward, not to make me feel bad. I had a studio day on Wednesday and had so much to do that I didn’t know where to start and I ended up wandering around in a circle in my studio like a lame little duck. It was really pathetic! At that point, I thought, this is not productive and I had to leave and disconnect from studio/office and just bring a journal and write out my priorties. It really helped get me back on track.
I love my journal. Really, I don’t know how people manage without one. Speaking of, I won a spot in Stephanie Lee’s Shifting Ground online journaling class. (lucky me!) She really gives a lot of to think on and write about in order to shift perspective, to make changes…I am enjoying it so far.
I have also been following along with Donna Drozda’s “Luna See” articles in my journal and it has been bringing me a lot of insight. I highly recommened reading Donna’s blog. I love her work, I love her words and I hope one day that we will get to meet.
All of this writing though mean less time online. But that’s a good thing, I think.