Friday, November 27, 2009

Giving thanks

During Canadian Thanksgiving last month, I had ample opportunity to reflect on my gratitude towards my beloved family and friends, and now with the arrival of American Thanksgiving, it occured to me that I am also grateful for artists and bloggers who put their time, effort, words and energy out there, not always knowing who is reading and absorbing what they offer.

I've recently come out of a bit of a drawing slump; when I was given the opportunity to review the Exampta Basics Sketchbook, I realized how long it had been since I had the regular habit of picking up a pen (or brush or crayon) and just let it move across paper. Getting back into it felt awkward and difficult, and being  constrained in time and entrenched in academia, it was the art bloggers out there whose posts helped me start moving through that awkwardness, whether they realize it or not.

opening out, 328/365

So, a shout out of thanks, in no particular order,  to:

Stephanie, whose  mandala art at Flickr has long inspired me, and whose words of encouragement fell on deaf ears till recently :)

Dawn of D'Blogala, instigator of  NaNoJouMo at Flickr. Her daily prompts inspired me even if I never actually included the actual word in anything I drew or doodled. I'm taking note of the words she uses nevertheless, as in lieu of resolution, I choose a word every New Year as a sort of guide and focus for the rest of the year.

Tammy of Daisy Yellow, in particular her posts about line practice and more recently, mandala practice . I really loved her very practical suggestions for just getting the pen moving, and getting past freezing at the sight of a blank page.


And of course, I haven't totally abandoned my tendency to draw my injuries - well, in this case, that of my daughter. As dancer going through a growth spurt, we're working through some hip issues.

hippity hoppity poppity, 331/365

So, thanks also to my friend and fellow yogini Sharon Frost, who has never ceased being a source of encouragement and inspiration, on the mat, and on paper.

1 comment:

gypsy said...

Sophie, I adore your colorful mandala! It's wonderful that you are drawing mandalas. Keep moving forward!!!