Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you'll see another image. There's a sweet little green frog saying thank you for visiting.
I've been inspired to update my blog by hanging around the discussion groups of Blog Catalog, an online community of bloggers who network to support each other. It's been tons of fun, and I've learned a lot about blog design, the blogosphere, and life in general. Plus, I've gotten more proficient at clicking on things and dragging icons and all that. Just don't ask me to copy and paste something into my browser - I still haven't mastered that arcane procedure.
The images in this blog-redecorating project were made by me; they are crops from my stash of collage and visual journal pages. I made this post to show you the full image, and share my thoughts on creating it. So here goes:
The Kwan Yin picture dates from January 4, 2006. It was part of a series I made during that holiday season. For twelve nights, beginning December 24, 2005, I recorded my dreams each night. The following day I made a collage based on the previous night's dream. Yes, I have a collection of 12 awesome collages, and one of these days I'll figure out what to do with, besides posting them to my blog. To further add to the motive behind this work, I was guided by a lesson given to me by a friend who's a follower of Rudolph Steiner. According to his theory, by doing this exercise you invoke the archetypal seasonal energies that cycle through the year. This picture invokes energy of Taurus, the Cosmic Spirit, and is the guiding energy for right now: May 16 through June 16. That's all I've ever done with Steiner and anthroposophy, but I'm happy with the collage collection that came from it.
Turning now to the green collage below, this is one of my more recent pieces. It was made when I was recovering from the rotten cold-and-flu I came down with this spring. After a couple weeks of staying in bed with a cough, one day I felt a smidge better! Wondering what to do with my newfound (and still fragile) energy, I surveyed my options: do laundry - pay bills - clean up the kitchen - all things that had been left hanging while I was sick. Knowing I had just enough energy for just one task, I chucked the "do" list and fed my soul instead. I went to my work area and made this collage.
It was quick and easy: I pulled some pages from my "messy" book (loose-leaf sheets of artist paper for quick collage warm-ups), grabbed some images and embellishments from my stash, and took a random prompt from a guidebook in my collection. The prompt read, "Where is your true home?" and it came from a workshop booklet by Juliana Coles. Mix all these ingredients together, add some paint, and voila: a new collage. I can't tell you what it means, but I find it soothing to look at, and it makes me happy.
Now where's the green frog? He's sitting on the gold leaf that comes in from the middle left of the picture. You may be able to see him better in the enlargement at the bottom of the page.