I still haven't bound this mandala journal, but I began working on one of the pages yesterday anyway, feeling the need to push myself into doing some creating. I think I must have been glimpsing ahead into spring and even further into the heat of future summer days!
The pages is made from papier mâchéd cardboard, using arabic news papers as the background, with a gessoed circle centered in the page for my mandala making.
I find myself still in slug mode, struggling to put much energy into anything beyond reading and snoozing. I don't want to get too comfortable in this space, but I won't push myself unnecessarily either. Ideas continue to percolate, which feels good - I just have a problem engaging my physical being when it comes to carrying out those ideas!
So for now the pages lie stacked beside the waiting covers, and soon I hope to follow through on binding and sharing the full process.
As many of you know, and experienced, we had a winter storm of historical proportions last friday! Here are a few shots I took to document it's beauty.
Looking out the upstair window into our dogwood tree's branches
you can see a small window where the branches opened.
The view was like a rabbit hole into an icy world of
pure white light, dangerously hypnotic.
I took two photos out of my studio window - one as the storm began,
with inches of slush falling on Thursday,
and the next is what we woke to the following morning on Friday.
Many more inches fell to a final total of about 20.
We were among the very lucky, never losing our power,
being only mildly inconvenienced with cancellations,
which was worth the quiet beauty we were able to experience
in the safe comforts of home.