Friday, September 14, 2007

My Sacred Life Day 26

Creative for a Month Day 30---Creativity

Today is one of my last days for the Creative for a Month Project. I started on August 15th, and during this time, learned a lot about creativity and myself, but the best results from it were that I started to share my work with others (and through your comments become more confident), and even more importantly, came to derive much comfort from being creative, as opposed to the nasty "shadow comforts" (like eating, drinking, wasting time, etc.). I now enjoy something creative every day, and enjoy it immensely!

Here are my last two collages.

The first is called "Do Do Do":

It is a compilation of ripped up old "To Do" lists with image transfers (I think that's what they're called) of my own facial distortions covered over multiple times with Mod Podge. I like it because it exemplifies the frustration of always doing (as opposed to "just being" and enjoying life). I like how the lists show through the transfers. I feel this way less often now, but it still is a familiar state I return to again and again, one that I must actively work spiritually to draw, even woo myself out of.

The other is called "Can I Save Him?":

It is a collage about LoveHubbie. I suppose this is my stance in our relationship, not in the sense that I believe that I truly can save him from anything at all, but more about my efforts to try to save his essence, to encourage his being who he truly is, and to help him experience joy. Since his heart attack just over a year ago, other physical challenges, some very difficult problems with his adult children, and some straining business and personal situations, I see less of "him" than I'm used to seeing. I don't want to lose him, and find myself working hard to keep his spirits up.

So, thank you, Karen, Elizabeth, Leah, Jessie, and Sherie, and everyone else who encouraged me this month, for helping to teach me the importance and sacredness of creativity!


Leah said...

congratulations on being creative for a month!!! hooray! i can tell that you are more confident in sharing your art and i think that's a wonderful thing! i can't wait to see more! :-) xoxo

Olivia said...

Thanks for the love, Leah...thinking of you...xxooo back at you!

Carla said...

I laughed out loud at "Do Do Do" -- what a brilliant idea! Hurray for you for letting yourself be nurtured into more creativity. It's exciting to see the results (and to hear the excitement in your words)!

Olivia said...

Thanks, Carla; I am excited :) It's been great!

The Dream said...

What a dear one, you are. I loved seeing the collage and reading the words you wrote about your husband. Loving.

Kikipotamus the Hobo said...

Wow, Olivia! Can I Save Him is a very powerful piece. Not many people in a similar situation would be able to put it out there so honestly.

Olivia said...

Thank you, Lori-Lyn and Kelly.

It felt powerful, loving, and sad to me to be doing it and helped to discharge a lot of energy around my feelings about him.

Your comments are so affirming and helpful to me!

Karen said...

Both of these are wonderful. I love how you used the pictures of yourself, and the lists.

That's a big load to carry re LoveHubbie. I'm going to keep thinking about that one, I can tell.

Jessie said...

You are a very beautiful person, Olivia. And your art reflects that beauty. Thank YOU for joining in on making art every day. You truly kept me going on days that it would have been easy to neglect the commitment.

lots of love,

Olivia said...

Thanks, Karen. Big Load. You've got that exactly right. Welcome, but hard. Thank you :)

Olivia said...


Likewise. You kept me going too. You are an incredible writer, and I've loved the groups---Finding Water and Creative Every Day for a Month---that we've been in.

I love how each person helps and supports the others.

Thank YOU, Jessie,