An Artist's Quest

The sky is blue and so am I

Curled Queen Anne's lace backed by muddy blue pond, daffodil, vetch and clover, impossibly blue sky

Curled Queen Anne’s lace above muddy blue pond, daffodil, vetch & clover, impossibly blue sky

I have to admit that I’m in a bit of a funk this week.  Nothing serious really,  I’ve had some spinning wheel issues for a couple of weeks.  Things I started not going anywhere, idea balloons for new endeavors unceremoniously popped by a reality pin.  Smallies in the big picture of the world and human struggles and sorrows.  So to pull my self up a bit I went for a hike this morning.  Always a good thing to let the body take over when the mind is mired.  Striding along I began to take note of the colors, the lurid greens flooding forth from muddy ground with new dew drench grasses, a few miniature white wild flowers rearing there tiny heads, a tenacious patch of daffodils planted a century ago by homesteaders long gone, the creek and pond at it’s head muddy blue-brown from the recent rains ringed with the dark dried tendrils of last years Queen Anne’s Lace curled up on itself.  I took note of all these things combined with the impossibly blue sky.  Cloudy with a chance of blue skies or blue skies with a chance of clouds, oh it matters not, impossibly blue.

I have been thinking about but not acting on an idea I had about color mapping.  Mapping might not be the right term but I’ll use it anyway.  Mapping the mood and the day by colors.  So I made a little template to make witness of the things I saw, to make witness to my mood, a melancholy marked by daffodils can’t be all that bad.  So, as always, taking time to make a little art – mark a moment, has shifted things a bit. So now the forecast seems to be for clearing skies, impossibly blue with a chance of clouds (but only the white puffy picturesque ones).

I am trying to put together some on-line classes teaching iPad drawing and where to go with it.  Color Maps as part of art journaling is an idea I hope to flesh out more.  I’ll keep you posted.


4 responses

  1. Anne R. Blanton

    Dear Lisa, Your honesty is beautiful- Yes, a color palate of feelings Wondering if your encaustic workshop went- I hope so! I have a little gathering on Monday which I am very excited about- a nice combination of folk will be coming and we will see where it goes. I am going to be at the ranch for Saadi’s workshop on the Aramaic Jesus, perhaps we can find each other for a sharing..I could come early on Thursday the 17th. (ah but alas I think that is one of the days you are engaged.) Do let me know if it might work. Anyway, much love on this sky not quite knowing which color it is becoming in it’s fantastic sky way. anne (enclosing the info on my little gathering)

    March 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

  2. Mary Anne

    I know how you feel. This winter has been difficult. But spring is almost here – just ask my garden that refuses to be deterred from growing!

    Are you familiar with Rachael Herron’s work and her blog? She lives in Oakland, CA.

    March 9, 2014 at 6:34 am

    • I’m not familiar with Rachael Herron I’ll check her out thanks for the encouragement.

      March 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  3. Pamela

    Blue is the only word needed.

    March 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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