A Year in Oklahoma

I try to follow a couple of rules with this blog—tell the truth and wait for the gift before posting.  When those are in conflict (the “truth” can be darn ugly when my bipolarness is in the Black), I tend to keep quiet.  As Dr. Phil’s dad told him once, “Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut.”  A dear friend reminded me that I’ve been quiet a long time, so I’m here today with my truth and my gifts, such as they are.

It’s a perfect day in Oklahoma—sunny, 72 degrees bound for 81, a gentle breeze.  I will have been here a year this week— my willingness to accept and adapt, my participation in the world around me, and the focus of my life have gone through as many rollercoaster rides as my moods.  Today I am content and grateful for the gentle weather, the Work, and the projects that put art in the center of my life.  Here’s what I’m working on now.

I bought a $2 book at my favorite antique mall for the quotes, then tore the rest of the pages out to make background papers for cards and whatever else might need funky paper.  This is my kitchen counter this morning.

Right now, my studio table is putting together three new Libra cards.  I’ve loved the beading work on this one.  And I can look out the window at my “Rock Garden” and the first doo-dad planted there—a peace pole that says “Be a Steward of the Earth” (a reminder for me to get out and pick up trash).

 

In my bedroom, I’m thrilled with the utility cart I got from Dick Blick.  Everything within reach when I camp out on the bed with Emmett and the latest Netflix binge.  Rolling the cart around still freaks Emmett out, but he freaks easily (A moth got inside recently, which sent him into a frenzy).

Right now I’m working on my spread in our Art Journal Round Robin.  Our group decided to do another round, and the theme for the journal I have now is “Make Me a Garden.”  I had a bunch of tiny portraits, so I’m happily crafting flower hats for them—lilies, Japanese poppies (it tickles me to have Japanese TV characters for these), roses, a bunch of pansies (all men with glasses, though that was not a conscious connection.  It’s weird how my brain works sometimes), a clutch of hydrangea girls and a few oddballs.  I can’t wait to place them in a garden.

I’m also in the process of making my new series of Month cards.  They are more involved and layered with tons of collage elements.  Starting next week, the Civic Center will be hosting an arts/crafts event every first Saturday of the month through October.  I’ll be part of the Muskogee Art Guild’s booth, and I wanted something new mixed in with the other cards I make.  It will be fun to keep a month ahead, adding these cards to my inventory.

I’m also getting my last deck of playing cards ready to become bases for new Penny Positives.  It’s grunt work—covering them with gesso, adding paint, maybe a little design, and a sort of “trademark” to the back.  But, I like how they turn out, so it’s all worth it.

As I mentioned, arting is the center of my life now.  It keeps me from thinking.  I never would have believed that thinking might be something to avoid.  My intelligence was valued and praised as I was growing up, so I strived to be smart.  I discovered this year that thinking can lead me down a dark path where I focus and ruminate on feelings until they turn into truth.  This is the year I learned to get out of my head whenever I could and let my hands do my thinking for me.  I’ve learned that makes for a much more peaceful existence.

I’m 61 and still discovering on this Adventure.  Thank goodness.

 

 

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Plagman
    Apr 21, 2019 @ 12:10:26

    Oh girl it is so good to hear from you! It reminded me to be in the moment today! It is a glorious day here in Iowa also!

    Blessings on this day of new beginnings!

    Congratulations on making the adjustments needed! Isn’t that what life is about? One damn one after another …….

    Blessings Nancy

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Live & Learn
    Apr 21, 2019 @ 17:17:56

    1 year! Wow time flies. Glad to hear you are doing well Sandy.

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  3. Lyn Ghormley
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 01:32:07

    61 is ok. That’s where I am, and still learning about the world, myself, my faith, my family, and how it all fits together. Stop learning, and we start dying. That’s not us, right?! Love you, Cuz. Hang in there and keep making the world beautiful and funny, one page at a time.

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  4. Writer Lori
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 04:28:35

    Hello, hello Sandy! Smiled happily when I saw your post on my in-box this morning. Looks like you have been ‘bustin’ a move’ with your art— eagerly awaiting the next crop of Penny Positives. 😊 Can’t believe a year has already passed for you in OK! May the next one be a gem…

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  5. Val Boyko
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 15:29:33

    What a great discovery in your first year there. Our thoughts are not the truth. 💛

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