As you already might have guessed, I love making my art dolls. Sometimes, though, I really miss making some good old fashioned, two dimensional, mixed media art! Especially when I have deadlines to meet, I’ve found that it’s good to take some time off and do something else creative, to relieve the stress and then come back to doll making with enthusiasm. Because I never want to stop loving and enjoying my doll making.
So after watching one of Tam’s lessons on Life Book 2017, Wild Frida, I was inspired to create my own Wild Frida, in Tam’s company and with her guidance. It’s just like creating with someone in the same room!
As it’s one of Tam’s bonus lessons, part of the lesson is time lapsed, and so at some point my mind set off on its own train of thought. Oh no!
Thoughts about this and that crept in. Thoughts about the recent natural disasters that have taken place all over the world. And, generally, the many adversities that people are facing.
“Stay strong” is the message that came out loud and clear for me.
But as I continued I became more absorbed in the creative process and my thoughts slowly quietened, the chitter chatter died down, and it was just me and myself making art. Almost meditative.
This, of course, isn’t the first time the creative process has taken over and having recently started yoga, I know how difficult it is to turn off my thoughts and focus on just my breathing! So when I finished my piece, I googled “art as meditation” and found this great article “Why making art is the new meditation” by a meditative state of mind, especially when we find it so difficult to do so otherwise.
Art is a guarantee to sanity.
– Louise Bourgeois