(or colour as my inner Scot screams!)
Our house is on the market (I won’t go into the boring details of why… I’ll just say Air Force!), and that means we (the homeschoolers and I) have to be able to drop everything and vacate in a moments notice in case someone wants to look at it. And, well, that means that I am limited in my creative outlet… if I had my way, there would be paint and paper and fabric and
fiber and netflix and all kinds of color going in my creative space on an almost continual basis… but, well, laundry and hungry kids and home school and laundry and dishes and hungry kids … so, well, that’s not what my creative space is. Instead, it’s usually abandoned, half completed projects that have been OBE (overcome by events…i.e. life!)… but lately, it can’t even be that, it’s got to be pristine, show ready!
I need to create… it’s woven into my DNA, it’s part of me, as essential to my wellbeing as oxygen. Sure, I can survive when the air quality is low, but I am not fully functioning or living up to my full potential, much like I am not fully functioning or living up to my full potential when I am not creating. There is something about the act of being immersed in color and fiber and paint and paper and creating that brings me closer to the One who created me.
And as my husband told our youngest daughter this morning, each day is what you make of it. The choice to have a good day or not lies with in us. I can choose to be upset, angry, defeated by the needs of the Air Force and the fact that my workspace must be ready to show at a moments notice, or I can choose to embrace the gift of a new challenge.
I’ll admit, I started down the defeated path… but God… well, He chose to put a beautiful flower in my path… a deep purple iris. And that iris was a little spark. I realized that I could still create. I could collect colors and inspiration so that when my studio, my creative space is available again I would be ready to grab fibers and paints and paper and share my words… my thoughts… my feelings… in colors!
So, grab a book, use the note function on your camera, or start a pile of magazine clippings and come on this journey of color with me… learn to see the colors in your day, your heart and your thoughts…
The journey can be as simple or complex as you want. I am keeping mine simple with found items… in a notebook that I was afraid to open (more on that later) and can be cleaned up at a moments notice. I have already learned so much … and I am excited to share with you!