Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Muddy Waters - Clear Sight

I've said it before, "Spring stirs up the swamp waters within me." I get restless. Want to be on the move, redecorate, change my hairstyle, put seedlings and shubbery into the ground. This spring is no different. Perhaps those urges are being influenced by some pretty dramatic weather.


Roiling river, rolling moods. Luckily, I've had distractions that helped to tamper some of my own drastic impulses. A six month series of workshops on "Exploring New Creative Territory through Visual Journaling" at Bookworks in Asheville has helped channel my wanderlust. A one day Watercolor Intensive with Elizabeth Ellison at the NC Arboretum helped me hone the ability to quiet down, focus in and reflect on the bliss I experience when connecting with the natural world.

I've always been afraid of watercolor painting. It's not like working with acrylic paint, where you can add a layer to mask an error. However, something in the combination of classes and my need to "quiet down" have been good for me. Here are some samples of the things I've seen, recorded in watery shorthand as amulets against agitation. I hope you find they lift your spirits as well.