"Stepping Out of the Chaos"
Well, welcome to the "Monday-Check-In-on-a-Wednesday"...heh, heh...Time flies when you're ignoring it...
It has been two weeks and (as beginnings typically do) things have been proceeding along swimmingly. It is amazing how just making a declaration of new direction can, in fact, start propelling you in that direction. I've spent a lot of time lounging in my sketchbook dedicated to my "Year of the Fairy Tale" work. This illustration class taught by Carla Sonheim is turning out to be everything I had hoped for and so much more! A big component of my decision to take a sabbatical (even if it is mostly a figurative one) was that I wanted to completely commit myself to this class. We're only two months in and I feel it will prove to be an absolutely transformative experience for my art and art life.
All this patient sketchbook work has helped me build sustained moments where I step out of the busyness that sweeps me along through the days. In my peripheral vision, I sense life continuing to rush by but I am learning to focus on the quiet scratching of pencil on paper; time slows as does my heart rate. Princesses and frogs rise out of my graphite dust and I am content. It is really difficult to feel fulfilled by a passion when three-quarters of your brain is preoccupied with the stress of living so this "time-slowing" is essential to master if I want to get the most out of this artistic life I have chosen.