Such is my delusion that my girl will utilize the stretches of unstructured time to amuse herself but reality is she knows this time is precious and she wants to make the most of it. Swimming pool, movies, park, zoo, and lunches - my god, the lunches! I need to remember come Fall when I am wracking my brain for lunch bag ideas to give thanks to the lunchroom ladies who tend to my rather ravenous child on a daily basis. She doesn't like breakfast ... three bites of cantaloupe and she is full ... so lunch starts early and lingers well into the afternoon. I think she must have some Italian in her ... all that pasta eating has influenced her genes. Long lunches, a late afternoon siesta and then she is ready to rock it well into the evening hours. Legend has it there once was a bedtime routine around here ...
Needless-to-say this loosey-goosey lifestyle is perfect for a 7-year old and shattering to this hormonally-challenged mama-crone. I've been thinking a lot about the ways I find or create a sense of inner spaciousness and I am happy to share one of my latest discoveries: the mini-journal.
|a little gesso, some acrylic paint, fairy dust and voila! a new cover!|
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It looked like the perfect thing for summer and vacation use as it is small and lends itself to quick spreads. Little journal "notes" to borrow a concept from Liz Lamoreux.
So far I've been able to turn to this journal for quickie art sessions. I like to think of it as opening the valve on my creative radiator and letting a little steam off. I am playing with smear-creatures, minimalist collages and your basic doodle art.
Nothing heavy; light, playful, creative stretches versus a full on aerobics session. Perfect for my distractible summer mind.
Meanwhile, Cowgirl is working in her journal somewhat regularly.
|so begins the story of Flames, the Dragon ...|
Perhaps one day far in the future there will be an exhibit of our works, side-by-side. Perhaps ours will be the only artifacts remaining from this largely digital age? A solar flare erasing all data stored in the cloud or on hard drives. Historians pouring over our pages and wondering about this world of penguins, dragons, big headed beings and sharp-toothed creatures.
Eden may be nothing more than a shifting of perspective, an invitation into a world of imagination and play. Any real paradise must have an element of danger and excitement, mais non?
What summer projects do you have brewing? How do you integrate summer play with time for creating? We have aspirations here my friends. Flames story must be told, creatures waiting to be birthed and a whole slew of journals to be filled. Pass the iced tea and let's get going!