Barbara D.

Did I do it … Did I turn down an invitation to ride in order to spend time in the studio.  Yes – however, it was an effort driven by my internal voice saying; “be sure to take part in my lesson” … “be sure to do your homework” ... “this is the only window in time you have this week”… it’s a loud voice.  These lessons are insight with a developing understanding – a developing rhythm (thanks to Jane and her strong guidance)  that it’s our responsibility to structure our busy lives so we .. no … I have the TIME to free associate – and create.   

As I was journaling this week, I realized the time change was a stronger force than I realized. Now… it’s not only OK to take time – to slow down – but now Mother Nature echoes those intentions.  The leaves are raked, the ranch is tucked in and we’re ready for winter.  In Oregon – it gets dark here early on the 45th parallel.  The truth for me is this equation…Dark = gotta find something to do = go into the studio.  One of the sentences which resonated to me from this week lesson was to “take time to maintain the connection between who you are and what you want to make”.    It’s not all or none – I can maintain the variety which fills my life, however - I must simply realign my focus to be creative.  Put in in the forefront and simultaneously and gracefully, allow everything else simmer on the back burner.  It’s as simple as that.

Unfortunately, I was not able to complete last week’s lesson – so I combined them both into this one.  I was tidying the shop area in the barn and found a can of small nuts and bolts.  This what I used to create from what I had … as well an tiny effort in obsessiveness.  The bandwidth for BIG wasn’t available.

Dumped the contents of the can onto the table

Dumped the contents of the can onto the table

My immediate desire was to SORT and count to your age - 58

My immediate desire was to SORT and count to your age - 58

Mix it up and add pieces to equal 100 - more abstract

Mix it up and add pieces to equal 100 - more abstract

Made something easy … Cotter pins drove the project

Made something easy … Cotter pins drove the project

From the abstract I saw a fish

From the abstract I saw a fish

Back to complete abstraction

Back to complete abstraction