I am feeling like Rocky running up the steps of the museum in Philly! What an amazing month! Seeing all the pieces in one place is a bit overwhelming. Did I really do that? Yes, I did!
The funny thing is, even though I did not have to spend 5 hours in my studio yesterday whipping up a piece of art to post, I ended up in there anyway. A more leisurely approach to the work, to be sure, but there I was, playing with a canvas and two cradled boards, laying down paint and sculpting with gesso.
During this last month, I learned to work HARD and stop thinking about the art. Just create. Get out of my own head and let it flow. And not to worry so much about what others might think of it. Create, post, create again. So in addition to 32 pieces of art added to my body of work (and quite a few sales to line my pockets!) I was able to find the space in my head where creating was without judgment or stress. It is blissful and I am extremely grateful.
I also learned to blog! And to me, that was the most fun of all. Learning what the pieces were trying to tell me, along with recounting some memories along the way. It was like a bit of mental traveling, and I feel the same rejuvenation I normally have after a trip! Hmmmm....a great way to "staycation!"
The best, I mean truly the best, part of this experience was the support and enthusiasm of the artists who were also in this marathon and the people who took the time to look, read and comment. I felt an enormous sense of community and love. A great way to begin 2015, and perhaps setting a new ritual for the beginning of each year in the future.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation