Today’s little art:
Ways I am helping myself by reaching for more….
SADD light: Have been using my SADD light in the morning pretty religiously last couple of weeks, and it definitely makes it easier for me to wake up in the morning. I knew that once I got back in the habit, I would notice the benefits and it would be easier to maintain the habit because it obviously helps.
Music: I was looking for lively music, and so had downloaded a “global high-energy” playlist from my apple Music subscription. I discovered through that I really enjoy Balkan-gypsy music which shades into Klezmer and Mariachi music too. So I am putting that on more often, not just in my studio.
Media fast: Working on actively challenging my urge to go read articles on current events that will just make me feel frustrated and sad. I want to be generally informed, but this morning stopped myself from reading more about a recurring thing, because I thought “will it change my personal views, my general knowledge, or what I do today to know more about this?” And the answer was “No, it will just increase my level of disillusionment with politics.” So I didn’t go read more. The brief summary was enough for me to be informed.
Social-ness and shopping: Went out with a friend yesterday, and so enjoyed catching up. We went to the mall, and I got a few things to use in my artwork including some ribbon with confusing English, some wrapping paper with old newspaper excerpts, some little canvas boards, a couple new punch shapes, some napkins to use the designs in art. I really enjoy finding things NOT at art supply stores (though I enjoy those too!) because I feel like it makes my creations more “mine” if I use supplies to make art that were not intended for that. Gift wrapping materials are good possibilities, as are kitchen items, and things intended for kids’ art, which is less “serious” than grown-up art supplies (but in Europe often quite decent quality!). I also got some more kids watercolor paper, which I use for making gelatin prints, so like to have a supply of for when I start making them and can’t stop…
Studio time: Spent some time in the evening in my studio, and really liked some black napkins with white illegible writing that I got to use in mixed media. I worked on some notecards I had started but had only the beginnings of–some color and texture. Did not get as far as words on anything, though looked through my stash of phrases for some ideas. So nowhere near completing anything, but did “improve” some cards. Also started an art journal page with some of the wrapping paper I got, putting some paper layers and paint down. Still evolving, but I wanted some lines texture for the bottom layer of it, which I achieved. Also used some of my most recent batch of gelatin prints.
And thinking about the things I am doing to help myself (“self-care”) is also a form of self-care, because it is helping me think more strategically about what helps me and what I should do more.