“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”
The work on my studio table has tended to be bright and loud, like a symphony orchestra.
I think it's happening because I am so energetic during the heat of the year. The summer months feed me and drive me to do - do - do. It can be exhausting, but it's always exhilarating. I guess I am making up for my lethargy and sluggishness during the dark, winter months.
In August it's almost inevitable. Sometimes I find myself burning my candle at both ends. I sleep less and hop out of bed in the morning -- the opposite of what I do in, say, January when I'm cranky, tired, and in a mental torpor.
Summer is with me now. And what a summer it is! The Mid-Atlantic coast has had unbelievable dry, pleasant, and balmy weather since early July. It hardly feels like Chesapeake weather at all. It is so blissfully perfect. I find that this unexpected and positive mini-climate change feeds my desire to be up and making and seizing the hours. This morning is no exception. I am up long before the sun. I am reviewing my amazing sprint of creativity this past week.
|Things I Can Control - art journaling page by ~runningwave~|
Following Aimee's guidance I then cut out a "ground" and a bunch of smaller shapes, regular and irregular. I did some detail-work in pen on the shapes. I selected my favorites and jotted or wrote or collaged pieces onto the shapes that relate to my theme, Things I Can Control. The lock and key motives just sort of happened. The printed and stamped quotations that I discovered while making this project suited my tastes, so I adapted them to fit the pieces. Once everything was glued down nicely and dry, I went over everything with some Sakura markers. Sakura gel, glitter, and glaze pens are my new favorite art tools.
|Thank you gift tag|
I've also been using my talents to send gifts. The "Thank you" gift tag went to my co-workers in the tech department at the endgame of a major project and the completion of the summer internships. Those folks have been working hard and I've been a demanding customer, but I am so pleased with the results. I made sure that the tag arrived on a box of French macaroons just because they have been so extra helpful.
I am also preparing a gift - *shhhh* - for a friend of mine who'll be visiting town soon. I am not showing the gift, but I can reveal the envelope. She's an astrophysicist and a really amazing friend. I am celebrating her success; she just received a major promotion. This accomplishment is a validation of hard work that she's been slaving over for years. It's a big deal and she should be proud of herself.
Lesson to artists: Never leave a white envelope un-decorated.
|Envelope painting for my astrophysicist friend who just received tenure|