Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Out of Sorts

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Yesterday I had a really good day in spite of the fact that my car sounds like it is on it's last leg. I went the by-pass to work because it is much quicker and my husband suggested it so I would not have to make traffic stops like I would going through town. Going this route did help. Some of the knocking stopped. I had forgotten that my new artist friend Tina had told me Saturday that a water tower had fallen and no traffic was allowed on the parkway. Yesterday I thought maybe there was a wreck ahead. I tried to call a local radio station, but got no answer. I called Don who was home after taking our son to school. I wasn't even at the 1st exist yet. I wasn't even going over 10 miles an hour. After I talked with Don, the radio announced there was debris being picked up from the fallen tower which had traffic backed up. DUH! The only highlight about my stagnant commute was I saw a truck that was called "Hump & Dump" trucking! I tried to take a picture of it but, none turned out with direct sunlight on the dirty windshield. I finally found a spot to turn around. I was almost an hour late for work! But not worries.

I had an extra piece of leftover purplish paper, three small pieces of pumpkin orange paper. At first I arranged them and they reminded me of a face of sorts - more like out of sorts. My art was imitating my life again since I have been feeling out of sorts due to being sick. It got good to me so I cut out pink semi-circles for cheeks, but the third one looked like it could be a mouth. So I drew some red lips. Everything was askew. I added some goldenrod colored paper for color contrast and punched some dots of that color and used the left over white dots from the puncher. I didn't really like the white dots as much. This was another one of those days when I had not done anything artistic in a day; not since Saturday when I took all the pictures at the Springfest if you don't count sending them out via email on Sunday. This piece of art just all came into place in a matter of seconds. I love it when that happens. I figured my day could only get better.

Leah at Create Everyday had some tips to inspire. One of them was painting with a stick which Rhett and I will try next! She had a nature quote I sent out as an email.

Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.
~Mary Ann Brussat~

Then the word "Randomness" kept coming to mind. So I added word pieces. I thought of "Randomness" as another title other than "Out of Sorts".

I don't know the name of my personal muse, but whoever she is, or him, I thank her and the good Lord for all the inspirations that rains on me. This lead me to look up the nine muses of ancient Greece on the internet, but saw none of them were artists like me except for when I wrote poetry years ago. They inspired poetry, music, dancing, comedy, etc. So let me be your muse and tell you to be artistic. Live your dreams like I am living mine. It is never too late.

I received an email entitled How Well DO You Know Me. I sent out the blank form to others. My friend Kim got most of it right except for my birthday month. She thought it was April. I think she got confused because that is our anniversary month and she kept my book for my wedding! When I saw her answer to one I burst out laughing. The question was:

If you and I were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you would bring?

She said of me, "Art utensils"! She knows me too well. If I did not have any art tools with me, you know I would find something to make art with, call it jungle art and sell it once I returned home. Then I thought I should suggest this to the tv heads that be about a show called "Art Island". You can't get off of it until you create a piece of art! LOL Would you be able to get off the island?

Then I began gluing the pieces down on the purple paper. It is not quite the same as the first one. I think it is better. What was really weird was when I saw I had an acutal truck shape in the bottom left hand corner quite by accident. I did not do it intentionally. So I added black tires to it. How cool is that? I added a lot of words to it. They may be hard to read, but said mostly what I had said here. I was quite happy about my art.

Today I found another wonderful quote...

Life is not a problem to be solved but a gift to be enjoyed.

It seems my medicine wears off around 4:30 am. for that is when I wake up now. The words for my art bio sheet for the approaching art show came to me. Since I was up coughing anyway, I figured I might as well write a rough draft in my art journal. I touched it up a bit later and sent it out as an email to all my friends and family, but I forgot to add the attachment! LOL My DIL was the first to let me know of my forgetfulness. So I resent it. I only had one error which my friend Anne found. I will correct it later. Next all I have to do is create some business cards.

Hope you were not feeling Out of sorts. If you would like to participate in O is for... ABC Wednesday, please go to the following...


Tumblewords: said...

It seems it's easier to get out of sorts these days! Excellent work!

Granny Smith said...

All sorts of out-of-sorts! Cute collage and lots of inspirational quotes to help us through those out-of-sorts days

PERBS said...

I spotted the truck before I read about it! I like that last quote!

jay said...

Lots of 'o's in there! But you know, you said you hadn't done anything artistic in that day and yet you had described doing something artistic, that you weren't happy with. You can be creative without producing a result, and sometimes the process is the important thing. Don't get discouraged!

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

becky aka theRAV said...

Thanks, Tumblewords! Glad you liked the quote Granny as well as the collage. I liked the last quote too, Perbs. What a great piece of advice, Jay. Thanks for that.

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