Choosing happiness isn't as simple as it sounds...life is messy. This week was an emotional blur and I was turned topsy turvy more than once and had many a sleepless nights just thinking. Trying to find my path and see the truths I need to stop denying as I make decisions and changes. So many people I know are struggling the same and it makes me wonder why. In some ways it is quite exciting as it means we are pushing ourselves to find more. Nothing would make me happier than seeing those I love find their *happy*.
It's another hockey tourney weekend so my days are filled with driving and tea and chilly arenas watching our boys do what they love and keeping the Nutkin happy being a hockey sibling. It is not my passion but as a mother it actually makes me quite happy to be part of it all.
At home I have been filling the house with music and consumed creating more work for the big Kelowna Christmas Show next weekend. Watch for me in the outer concourse loop. Lately, I have been finding a lot of peace in painting simple abstracts with acrylic paints on canvas or wooden panels. There is something about mixing big globs of colours I find soothing with a palette knife and seeing what they become. Often it is a beautiful surprise. Laying on the paints with a brush...stroke after stroke, blending, and blurring is so much like life to me. The layers, the little details and glimpses of colour that get hidden and peek out crying for attention. There is comfort in being able to cover mistakes with more of the medium and rework things that didn't quite end up as I imagined. I wish the life process was more like painting. But it is not...you can design your life and plan and dream but there is so much out of your hands you need to adapt to and evolve with.
Here a few of the panels I am working on tonight...the green canvas is actually a rework from a student art class last summer I am finishing...the others are much more muted and serene which is how most of my work ends up being these days.
Now for the quotes...I am using hand cast concrete letters from eachanoriginal for my words and I attach them to the pieces with a special glue. I am a font junkie and am completely in love with the feel and variety in the concrete alphabet line. Now back to sorting letters and picking inspirational thoughts and heartfelt words to finish these pieces. I will share the final pieces when they are done.
Happy weekend friends,
p.s. the top image is from Pinterest and my Snickerdoodles Pinterest board which is a little giddy with almost having 1400 followers! Hope you enjoy it...everything on their speaks to my journey and mission of this blog based on the Joseph Campbell quote *Follow Your Bliss*