I think this is my favourite page in my Morning Mosaic journal so far. I started this page in February and then it disappeared into the limbo land of stuckness. After a few attempts of flicking through my morning pages and coming up with ZILCH, I decided that maybe it just wasn't meant to be and left it.
Fast forward to July and I suddenly found myself drawn to this page. I wanted to play with some new Posca ultra-fine paint pens and the thick dark acrylic paint on this page looked like a perfect test ground. The pens passed with flying colours. As I became carried away with doodling, I began to fall in love with my page and decided to flick through my morning pages for that week again to finish this page. And there it was, a pygmy hippo and the perfect words to go with it. I wondered if it really was a favourable omen. So I looked up hippo in Steven Farmer's book "Animal Spirit Guides", and found these words of wisdom:
Now is the time to immerse yourself in whatever artistic or creative endeavour you want to accomplish and stay with it to completion.Wow, there was some truth!
Completing my creative endeavours is something I do really need to work on. I decided this was a clear message to focus on completion before starting any new adventures or buying any new art supplies.
And then I did the exact opposite because I'm not a very good listener either. New adventures I began in the month of July:
- Started a new painting process and a new painting with my sisters. We're taking turns choosing painting prompts. Working on these prompts at the same pace called for a new blank canvas.
- Started another painting for 'Painting Circle' prompts with my online Bloom True group. I did at least begin this on a small 12x12" blank panel I hadn't used at Tracy Verdugo's Paint Mojo course.
- Made a jelly plate - that is a homemade 'Gelliplate' - and spent an afternoon with my daughter making jelly prints. Except she wouldn't let me have my turn, so the jelly plate is in the fridge winking at me to come out and play. And yes, it did work, although my children were a little confused as to why I was making jelly we couldn't eat
- Made interesting paper with a National Geographic magazine and some Orange Power Sticky Spot and Goo Dissolver. If you're curious, look at THIS site from Citrasolv. I have no idea if Citrasolv is even available in Australia, but Orange Power is sold in the local supermarkets here, and it worked.
- Ordered some waxed linen thread and started collating paper to make a new art journal with a crazy mix of paper (my daughter wants one too).
- Bought a set of Derwent Coloursoft pencils.
- Signed up to Jamie Ridler's Studio (HERE) and started with creating a Dreamboard. (Maybe I should have made a dreamboard about completion!)
- Signed up for Visual Quest with Pixie Campbell (HERE). Very excited!
- Ordered a set of Necolour II crayons and a few bottles of the new Atelier Interactive Free Flow Fluid paints. By the way, if you are in Australia, Art Scene now have the Free Flow paints and currently 15% off (HERE)
- Browsed through more 21 Secrets workshops, even though I haven't completed anything for the workshops I've already looked at.
- Started several blog posts about all these adventures, which remain incomplete and unpublished.
So here is my intention for August:
Listen to the hippo.