Getting there

The challenge prompts came easily, much like the journey from working life in Virginia to retired life in Texas …

Today I played with map grids and my our newest toy …

Coloring in places I traveled to or through during my 35 years in Virginia. It was stunning to realize how much I didn’t see or do …

But that chapter of our lives is done and in the books …

Then it was on to Acey’s Day 4 Collage Challenge to “plant a tree.”

I started with a little 4×6 inch landscape created last June during a workshop with Nan Henke, my first serious encounter with watercolor …

and I pulled out yet another book cover (I have three cartons-full from my the years working at the Texas State university library, so they are my go-to resources for now) …

I tore away “faith” and “religion” (yes, that had a real life resonance), leaving “instinct evolved endures.”

Having very much liked the look and feel of Grace’s collage bits, I tore the watercolor into tiny leaf-like crumbs …

then started puzzling through the pieces and glue-sticking them down, until they were mostly gone (now wishing I had taken pictures as I went along, but I was too in the groove to think of that) …

It feels done, although I confess to wondering if I should fill in the “instinct” letters or just leave well-enough alone …

Any thoughts on that?

12 thoughts on “Getting there

  1. I like instinct peeking through the leaves. It gets at how instinct operates, I think. Not necessarily fully showing itself, but thoroughly there.

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  2. I agree with Dee, not that I could have said it so well. It is Sunday, I am home and hoping to catch up some, although my circles are mostly ready to glue 🙂 May we plant many a tree like yours!

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    1. Your comment brought to mind our live oak motts, which look like individual trees but are actually connected underground into one great being … this community of Kindred Spirits is much the same, the connections invisible to the eye, but very real … threads of thought woven through the ether

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  3. I agree with Dee. I was going to try making a tree out of the half of Paul Mc-Cartney book cover slice you sent but it was beyond my current capacity. So some other day that will happen!

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  4. Dear Liz I am loving the energy in these two challenges. A daily challenge seems to force one to stop thinking and just get in and do, react, respond and make! I am fond of a grid and a map so you had me with the first one! Continue to enjoy.

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    1. The artist who led the Crayonuary workshop identified himself as an abstract expressionist and he encouraged us to draw freely without intent at representation. But as you well know, I love to find meaning, so maps and grids and story are (inevitably?) sneaking in to each day’s challenges

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    1. The Overstory was a most thought provoking book … I saw a PBS interview where the story said things represented as true within the book were indeed verifiable facts

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    1. I actually gave that little watercolor to Don last June, then he gave it back ostensibly to put in my stitch studio … “Are you sure you don’t want it?” I asked, “Because if you leave it to me it will end up in bits and pieces.”

      And so it did …

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