As regular readers of this blog know, owning myself as an artist is a big stumbling block. So, the first part of this first assignment--write down at least one factor that played a large part in who you are an an artist today--had me panicked. It went something like this:
What?… oh shit… I must have gotten myself into the wrong course… this one is for artists… OMG, what am I going to do... I have to get out of it... they'll know I don't belong here... is it too late to get a refund… ???? and on and on until I was practically shaking in my boots.
But titles aside, I do love to create and I am totally in love with the creative process itself. Letting go into the unknown, being lost in the moment, without idea or agenda, and watching something come into being that did not previously exist, is truly amazing.
I so enjoyed making this collage, one of my favorite things to create, and the first one I've done in a long while. I enjoyed the process of looking at the factors that have led to me being the "artist" I am today--namely loss and grief, and my love of nature and flowers and gardens. Then opening the lens wider, and creating the collage of the things that have formed me into the person I am today. A nice reminder of obstacles overcome, gifts aplenty, and a great invitation to deeper understanding, acceptance, loving-kindness.
So thanks, Vicki, for a great personal and creative challenge!