A Kaleidoscope Makes For Tricky Reflection
Full Disclosure: I wrote this post FIVE months ago and never published it. Now as the new year quickly approaches I was looking back to why I stopped blogging here for so long. I don’t have any answers yet. Many of you know I also turned off Facebook in the beginning of November and haven’t reappeared there – yet. I have been reflecting and I’ve needed space and time. This has been a tricky endeavor. I have no placid depths to lean over and peer into to see my life looking back at me. My reflecting surface is a jumble of images, a kaleidoscope. Isn’t that just so crazy – me! It it also means I have quite a process to go through to get to a place where I’m ready to forge ahead. So please know I am ok. I am ok. (stated twice to convince us all) I just need a little bit more time to sort out what got me to here and what and how I want to structure – there. Seems interesting that this post makes so much more sense to post today with all that I’ve been going through. Meant to be!
“Our souls need time to think, dream, and reflect.” – Jo Ann Davis
“Life is an ever shifting kaleidoscope: A slight change and all patterns alter.” – Sharon Salzberg
Yesterday evening my brother Jason and my husband Doug installed my latest outside art piece. I was so excited to share with my friends and family this piece I’d been working on for about a month – from conception to execution. So, I did what we do these days and posted a few snapshots to my Instagram and Facebook accounts! I loved most all of the comments but one acquaintance said, “It’s just so cute because you have a very cute Maine house. Wouldn’t look so good on some homes out here in California.” Ah, always a critic when you are an artist! But she did get me thinking and reflecting.
I was thinking about if we were still in Colorado would I be making these new quilt pattern inspired pieces – and the answer was no. I believe artists are very affected by their surroundings and environment. I am for sure and it was a huge reason why I was dying to move home to Maine. My heart and my creative spirit needed to be – here. I couldn’t feel it – there, I wasn’t in the right creative place. There was a reason I was not inspired to create western art – it was not where my heart wanted to go creatively. So although this might be art that appeals regionally at least I now live where it fits and my muse surrounds me!
A Kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflection (through the use of mirrors) but the kaleidoscope I just created produced reflection of many other sorts.
Peace, love, joy and COLOR!
If you are interested in an outside art piece (or one for inside) please contact me.