Here are a couple of pictures of Symon napping.
Well, after posting so many blog posts that were lingering in draft form, finishing up Memphis, including the book arts blog posts, as well as blog posts with instructions for my Big Journals - WHEW - I need to catch up a bit. I haven't posted anything except my new series, This Week in Feminist Issues on my Tumblr (all of them are under the Feminism category).
Symon in the Sun:
I have yet to post my lingering Big Journal instruction post on adding covers because I can't seem to find the size of canvas panels that I need. I was going to buy them at Michaels and then they stopped carrying them. I was going to order them from Dick Blick but didn't have enough money for a big purchase with free shipping because between the shipping and tax it was going to cost too much. Then I decided to join my two Atlanta Journals into one big one (and I posted instructions on that). So I no longer needed as many panels as I thought. I went to the local art supply store to purchase just two - and they were out of stock! So the Atlanta Journal is still lingering unfinished.
So, when I bought more Stonehenge paper at the local art supply store I also made another Small Journal - the size of my Butterfly Journal. It has taken me awhile to make it - sew it together - and make covers. I can't use canvas panels for covers because the sizes available would be too big. So, I cut off the chipboard backing on two pads of drawing paper I had (not sure why I bought pads of drawing paper rather than a sketchbook but a couple years later I am glad I did). I also used some lightweight canvas that I had been using as a buffer page to cover these chipboard covers. I then glued regular gessoed canvas on top - reusing scraps again. And since I have no paint anymore I used my water-soluble Neocolor crayons and white gesso to paint the covers. This is my Stillness Journal so to write its name on the cover I used a Neocolor crayon and brushed over it with clear gesso.
When I was taking photographs of the Raven's Call portraits, Symon jumped up on the easel.
I am in kind of an odd place with the Putting Away projects. I am currently sorting Laurel, MD pieces (2006-2009) because they are the last group still loose and not in a Big Journal. But I am posting about the Memphis Journaling Project pieces (soon). It's hard to switch gears, but I want all the loose pieces 'put away.' When I began this giant endeavor I started with Memphis. Then I worked on Springfield, Misery (2003-2006) because they were easy to sort. Then I did Seattle - I had so many photo pages for Seattle that I did not want to cut them apart and reglue into Big Journals, so I kept them as a stack of pages and glued the Journaling Project pieces on the back of those. They then sat as a huge stack in the closet for nearly two years until I finally bought a decorative box at Michaels large enough for the stack.
I thought this was a better photo - that's the big Seattle box underneath on the right.
So now I am sorting Laurel pieces and typing up any stories that I want to keep (then discarding the J. Project pieces with only writing). I also have a lot of Laurel artwork and I don't want Laurel to be more than two Big Journals so I am sorting out as much as I can. It's just a little weird to be reading through Laurel while part of my mind is still back in Memphis.
I am going through my Memphis Big Journals and determining which full page photos to include in the blog posts. I have some of the individual pieces scanned, but not all of them.
I have canvas to stretch. I discovered I was out of staples for my staple gun, so I bought those last weekend. I need to take a day off from work to stay home and stretch canvases (which is really loud due to the staple gun and then the hammer to bang the staples flush).
I always seem to have so much to do! I am getting a lot done, but then I have these periods of non-activity, like my brain needs to rest and recoup a bit. This past weekend I was completely useless. I watched a movie on my Kindle. I did the grocery shopping on Saturday and was gone for three hours. I had a lot of stops to make and must have been moving slow. I then watched a lot of The Tudors, ending early Sunday evening with the execution of Anne Boleyn, which had me in tears. Maybe I was exhausted from not sleeping well. I will attempt to get back on track soon.
Steve reblogged this comic on Tumblr about Commencement advice from screenwriter Shonda Rhimes and Doing vs. Dreaming. She makes the point that while some people are dreaming, others are busy doing. Watch the YouTube video HERE. It is AWESOME.
The internet is full of many people offering help, advice, life coaching, online classes, books, etc. all encouraging you to 'Follow your Dreams!' and other such sentiments. And this advice is helpful, but you can't get stuck in that phase. At some point, you need to take action. Martha Beck spends a lot of time with exercises that clear out your mental clutter, which will enable you to get to the Action Phase, but she also emphasizes that you have to take action to get things done. You can't just sit at home and 'Dream' and expect things to materialize outside your door. Ramit Sethi is great for this. He has no patience for people who want others to tell them how to do everything - you have to take action and take steps to accomplish what you want. There are a lot of people making a lot of money online from people anxious to be coddled and validated. But this can't be all you do.
Meanwhile, I am trying to get an Action Plan together to finally get more done.