This has been quite an interesting day!
There has been picture taking, video making, glue-gunning new ideas, dancing in every room but the bathroom, coffee drinking, online Mass avoiding, butterfly saving, and book suggesting.
Overall, what a day!
I am grateful to Scarlett for helping me in most of these activities and to Jake for suggesting Kimon Nicolaides' The Natural Way to Draw: A working plan for art study.
So, this is the beginning of the end of this intense and transformative experience. I still haven't done the things I planned I would do yesterday, but I am ok with that.
Prayer this morning was deep, warm, passionate and devoted, followed by some dedicated journaling which I want to take to my spiritual mentor. But I could not face the online Mass this morning, while I instead followed Compline from Whalley Abbey on their Facebook page.
And, of course, there has been glueing. A lot. I had some Ben Howard in the background and things just seem to appear. I am not particularly happy about one - the tree branch - because it looks very much like some cheap shabby chic thing you might find in a shop. It doesn't transmit anything It doesn't tell me anything. Having said that, I was very happy with the materiality, the experience of mixing wood and paper, and testing if the glue would stick.
This is to say that I might try again, but with different wood.
Instead, I am particularly happy with that kind of dystopian landscape that reminds me of the 1997 movie The Fifth Element. I would like that to be bigger, wilder, whiter, more chaotic, more confusing, more complicated, elaborate, detailed, but also incoherent in a very cardboardy way...
I am also organising part of my process and work with the aim of cataloguing and then presenting it in my portfolio at the end of this semester.
In the meantime, I am leaving you with the updated
piece of paper evening #9
Today would have been the birthday of someone whom I was very close to and who unfortunately passed away this summer. This song has been with me, today, the whole day.
Caia will always be in my ❤️