Wednesday, January 14

Breathin' in, Breathin' out

As some of you may have noticed, I haven't shown any journal pages since Saturday. I'm going through withdrawal, and I don't like it! I've been using my energy on the grunt work of being an artist - the nitty gritty that needs tending to, or it piles up and spills over and, for me, will eventually suck me down if I'm not careful. These things include lots of organizing and documenting, which means extra time at the computer, which means guarding my inner resources and pacing myself. As much as I'd prefer the journal art making to this... but I am doing some art!

I am trying to complete a piece that was started a while back, in time for jurying this weekend. This is a glimpse at the accordion style book - the cover above, and the not quite completed first two pages below. The theme is about how we come into this life these solitary/individual bodies, and nearly immediately begin to form groups, categories, and ways to sort ourselves and separate, to seek differences over similarities - why? when oursimilarities are so much greater! When unifying would be of such larger service to humanity and to our own spirits... As I try to avoid the news, the horrors in Gaza, the numbers of dead and injured from warring in Iraq, and the ongoing 'quagmire' in Afghanistan, these questions loom larger in my heart, and my artist self tries to make some kind of sense of that which can't be made sense of...


Main Entry:
Inflected Form(s):
plural in·san·i·ties
1: a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)
2: such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility
3 a: extreme folly or unreasonableness b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable


  1. these are the times for METTA...

    May you be at peace.
    May your heart remain open.
    May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.
    May you be healed.
    May you be a source of healing for all beings.

    For you, for friends, for 'neutrals' and for 'enemies' alike. All one.

  2. You are so insightful. Have a peaceful and rewarding day without tiring yourself out to much.

    Love Renee

  3. yes. thank you Donna, I am taking in your petition...

    Renee, I'm trying :) sometimes I think pacing ourselves is one of the hardest balancing act of the artist! I truly appreciate your care,

  4. This is a wonderful arena. Looks interesting and I will look for more in the future. In the meantime, keep sorting and classifiying.

  5. hi karin,
    really beautiful. love the colors you use and words you wrote.

  6. karin, i love the way you use words on a page. of course i love everything else about the pages too, but today i'm especially thinking about the perfection of both the words and their placement on the page... xxoo

  7. You have won an award, please come over to pick it up.


  8. Sherrlyn of ...HI I found you via the flowers blog....interesting your feelings about all the pain in the world. I work as a photojournalist covering many such things and last year I began photographing weddings to balance that involvement ...It's about as opposite as I could find and it's wonderful. I also love looking at beautiful art and colors such as I see here. Beautiful work. thanks

  9. Every being benefits from rest or "down time." Society condiions people to think they must always be consciously doing. People forget their bodies are constantly doing unconsciously and in unseen ways, even during sleep and other kinds of rest. Taking time for yourself is healthy! Guilt is an illusion you create for your own reasons.


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