I wasnt going to do it. I wasn’t going to have a word this year, but the thought of that wouldn’t let me go.
It started as a doodle. An 18 x 24 doodle. I’ve wanted to paint for days. I’ve also been pondering what my one word for 2012 would be… and then those two things collided and it all came together. I’ve been taking Traci Bautista’s free online class through Strathmore, so using her tips for the class is where I began.
I started with this.
Then I took my Hydrus Watercolors and put them in Mini Misters, added a little water and started spraying.
Then I took all of that off and had this.
And with Pandora Coffee House station playing in the background, I organically created this.
I told myself that whatever drips or splatters or accidents would be happy mistakes. Nothing would be a failure. Just let go, have fun and create.
There is such freedom in that.
I haven’t shared this here, but this past year I’ve had some health issues. When we went to London last January, I could not recover. I quit my job in March, and by April I would get up take the boys to school and go back to bed. Then I’d brush my teeth and go back to bed. It was redonk. I kept thinking I would get better, but I finally called my doctor and he ran some blood tests. Turns out, my blood level in my body was low, I was severely anemic, and my thyroid was whacked. All of this combined was making me feel like poo. I needed rest… and iron… and some thyroid hormone… and some more blood.
Even with medicine and iron going in my system, it has taken awhile to feel myself again. I’m still coming back around, but this year is my year restore some things in my body, my health, my heart and my life.
And isn’t it amazing how when I let go and let my heart create something… I ended up putting RESTORATION right back in the heart? That was totally unintended by the way, but that’s how art heals. These things just develop and happen and you look up and there it is. Crazy!
What would be your one word for 2012? I’d love for you to tell me. Also, I’d love to tell you that I’m so happy and honored that you come here and read my adventures, what’s on my heart, and for your comments here. That truly means so very much to me. Having this blog has been an awesome ride. I’ve met bloggers from Paris, Holland, Phillipines, Canada, and all over the United States. It is truly MY pleasure to connect to your blogs and read about your travels, art, and life. Thank you for liking my posts and following me. It makes this blog all the more fun for me and I appreciate YOU.