Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sacred Life Sunday: Holy Playfulness

Again celebrating a sabbath day of rest, I decided to finish a video I started yesterday as I spent part of the weekend making art. So happy.

Then today I read the two words put together---"holy playfulness" in Richard Rohr's book "Everything Belongs", which I'm reading for a second time. I was intrigued by this combination. I just love the idea of playfulness that is sacred, holy, joy-filled, child-like, renewing, and fun. That's the kind of weekend I had.

So I worked on an art project that had been hibernating. I have maybe 30 semi-blank projects that I'd started about 6 months ago but have been unable to finish. Suddenly, I'm not afraid anymore, and it's okay with me that they be less-than-perfect. I had fun finishing one that I show you below.

Then today, in honor of the sabbath, I made the video a little bit more playful than usual. I hope you like it. It's 2:39 long:


patti said...

All those blank pieces waiting to be finished are so exciting - full of possibility!

I enjoyed seeing your art and like the idea of the U theme.

Playfulness is such a good thing - nothing I have ever made in seriousness has ever been any good. Play wins every time! :)

Kate said...


Oh I loved this video, you are looking awesome! The Art was fun to see and you gave me some ideas which is always great. I like the attitude you have, now is the right time. I kept thinking of canvasses I have that are stalled. I think I can let them go for now and move on.

Have fun with all those blanks, I know new wonders will be appearing on them soon.

Oh thanks for the wonderful comments on my latest post, they are so appreciated. You're the best.


Kate said...


My word confirmation was messi. So appropriate, lets get messi and make some wonderful Art.


Olivia said...


I agree that the blanks are exciting; it's funny to me that for months I've seen them as overwhelming and weighing me down! The shift happened when I wasn't watching.

I'm enjoying learning about playfulness so much. For all of my life I've thought the value in life was in being "productive", and although now I still enjoy productivity, I am emphasizing play, since this can bring joy to the productivity.

Thanks, Patti, as always, Love,


CrystalChick said...

Ah... I have wanted to try some projects like this for awhile. I have a small blank canvas or two upstairs and assorted paints and other items that I use on my cards and just haven't gotten started yet.
I really like the little sun or moon face I noticed in your creation and also the 'who are u' on the edge! Terrific collage.

Olivia said...


Yes, you can let them go now! At the right time you'll be EXCITED about picking them up again :) Your art has grown so much since I've been reading your blog over the past few years. I love watching it!

Yes, let's get messi!

Thanks Kate, xo,


Olivia said...

Thanks so much, Mary!

I love that little face too---I made it with UTEE and molds. So much fun. I also like incorporating words into my art...

You'll be ready to finish those when you're ready---this I know!

Love and blessings,


laundrygirl said...

Such an uplifting video! ( Did you notice I used a "U" word??) I love that term "holy playfulness". So cool!

Olivia said...

Ha, ha, Kristine! I like that. Thank you. Much love, O

Rick Hamrick said...

O, you have great potential! If you continue to play at it, you could become a real goofball.

I should know! I've been one for decades.

Olivia said...

Dear Wonderful Goofball,

Ok, I'll take you as my mentor, then, OFG. I look forward to becoming a real goofball!



GreenishLady said...

Olivia, I just loved seeing you making your art, and having FUN like that! You produced an awesome piece too. Thanks for letting us join in.

Olivia said...

Imelda, I'm so glad you like the video and my U collage :) Thank YOU for coming! xoxo, O

Heather Plett said...

I love the idea of "holy playfulness"! I may have to look for that book!

Thanks for sharing your artmaking with us. It was fun! I'm jealous of your lovely light-filled tree-surrounded space for creating!

Olivia said...

Hey, Heather, you're welcome, thank you for watching. The book is wonderful. I love my home studio, too. Love and blessings to you, O

mermaid musings said...

you are super di duper!
i love your art

Olivia said...

Awwww, thanks, Carmen! xo, O