"Moon Ball" - mixed media on cradled board, 16" x 20"
Day 23! Only one week to go. Today's piece is a bit of malarkey - Basquiat meets moon theme! This one did not quite meet my goal of 90% without paintbrushes, as the skeletons required some brushwork. But it was close. As the month progresses, I rely more and more on my fingers, scrapers and paper towels as tools.
Yesterday was "artist date" day after studio time. These groovy dates (something I learned from Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way) are designed to refresh and inspire, and sometimes to get our minds away from art for a bit to let the mind relax. I knew it was past time for an artist date when I was waking up at midnight worrying about what to paint the next day.
So I learned from a friend (thank you, Melisa!) that Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food , had been made into a documentary. It had been a while since I read the book, so a food refresher sounded good to me. And the video was excellent! You can stream it for free here:
Pollen compared the complicated web of modern food and nutrition to religion - requiring a priest (doctor, nutritionist) to explain so we could understand it. And I have often felt that way when barraged with new warnings about certain foods or supplements. What the heck are we supposed to eat?
But in his journalistic way, Pollan boiled it down to this: EAT FOOD. NOT TOO MUCH. MOSTLY PLANTS.
So feeling empowered to feed myself without reading a textbook first, I went off to the grocery store to hunt and gather something to eat. I shopped the perimeter, bought some lovely, fresh food and came home to cook it up. Yum.
The way I look at it is this: if I continue to eat this well, I will live a long and healthy life. And after that, my skeleton, strong and energetic, will play moon ball under the night sky with other former healthy eaters. That is something I don't want to miss!
Today's Adoption Event:
"JUMP" - mixed media on paper, 10 x 10 (framed)
This little cutie is ready to infuse your home with positive energy! He will remind you the next big thing is only one hop away - all you have to do is begin...the perfect gift for that friend who is hesitant to step toward their dream.
Adoption fee: $25 (shipping included). Contact Jen at mailto:email@example.com to make adoption arrangements.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation