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Monday, April 4, 2011

First Things

Seeing For A Moment
I thought I was growing wings --
it was a cocoon.
I thought, now is the time to step
into the fire -
it was deep water.
Eschatology is a word I learned
as a child: the study of Last Things;
facing my mirror -- no longer young,
the news -- always of death,
the dogs -- rising from sleep and clamoring
and howling, howling,
nevertheless
I see for a  moment
that's not it: it is
the First Things.
Word after word
floats through the glass.
Towards me.
-- Denise Levertov

I love that poem! I've started a new class called 21 Secrets. It's an art journaling class offered by Dirty Footprints Studios. There are 21 different instructors with 21 different classes. It's pretty overwhelming right now but you have until August to work your way through everything. I chose to start with the abstract class (can you tell?) taught by Connie Hozvicka. It's just a lot of fun working with a BIG canvas! :) So I thought I'd share my first go at playing big. This is on an 18" x 24" sheet of watercolor paper. I usually work in a smaller art journal. This was a stretch for me. Literally. ;)

What I like about journaling is that it's about the PROCESS and not about the PRODUCT. They stress that in these classes, too. So you can play, meditate and let whatever you're feeling just flow onto your page. That's the whole idea. ;)

I'm sure there will be pages from other classes that I'll share throughout the weeks ahead. Next up are  child's play,  poetry themed and self-portrait themed classes. We shall see what develops...

12 comments:

Pearson Report said...

The poem is deep, I like deep.

Your art is so full of amazing energy - each time I look at a piece it changes and I see something else that I didn't see at first glance.

I look forward to the coming days to see what unfolds.

Smiles,
Jenny

ॐ Rabbit said...

I like big art. I am going to use the box that my tricycle came in to paint on soon. It's freakin' HUGE.

I dig the colours on this one. I dig, too, how it could be flipped other way about and be a whole new piece.

Can't wait to see where this latest leg of your journey takes you.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

HI Pam..wow..gorgeous art..this piece is brilliant..like the soul blooming and dripping down and flowing in all colors..it is mesmerizing! I love it!
Beautiful poetry too..and have fun at your classes..wonderful!
Shine on! Loved-loved this piece!!
Victoria~

Pam Tucker said...

Jenny: Thank you so much! *big smile* I'm really looking forward to taking my time with these classes. I'll make sure I share what transpires.

Rabbit: YOU'RE my inspiration for working B-I-G! It's definitely a challenge. I know I need bigger brushes, for one thing. ;) I'm trying to step outside my comfort zone here...

Victoria: Thank you, my wonderful friend! You are always full of energy and excitement cheering me on! That means so much!! :)

mel said...

awesomeness Pam!!

let me tell ya...once you go big..there's no going back...:D

xo

Bill said...

The colors are absolutely gorgeous! Your work is always so beautiful, I don't think you need to be taking classes in anything. You should be teaching us!

The poem is incredibly thought-provoking. I think I need to study it.

David Allen Waters said...

the combo of the poem and yopur work my dear Puck, is amazing. You have grown in bounds....continue to fly ...higher and higher :)

hugs

Lori Saul said...

Sounds like a fun series of classes and you are off to a wondrous start. Beautiful and free-spirited!

Pam Tucker said...

Mel: Thanks, my friend! It's all very new to me. I'll trust you on the "no going back." Hugs! ;)

Bill: Aww, thank you so much! That's very nice of you to say! I'm one of those that are always on the hunt for another class. You know that! ;) Yes, the poem is great, isn't it!

David: Thank you, my amazing friend. BIG HUG!

Lori: Yes, I think it's going to be an adventure! Thank you!

dthaase said...

a really great site - I am looking forward to following

Maria Papadopoulou said...

The combination of your poem and the artwork is just perfect!

Maria Papadopoulou said...

I know what you mean about always being on the haunt for another class. I am the same way! I can never get enough! (This is how I keep the child in me alive...LOL)