Friday, July 3, 2009

Unraveling, Self-Discovery, The Story Continues

Hi! I'm dropping in to say hello. I'm here. I don't want you to think this is a "shop" left unkept. I've been busy; reinventing, growing, finding anew, creating and living.

In May I started Unravelling with Susannah Conway which took me on a journey of self-discovery in a way that I did not anticipate. Before starting her 8-week course I was already at a crossroads. Wondering how to revive my business during this economy. Wondering how to reinvent myself professionally and artistically. Wondering if I should stay put or venture on. I've been stuck in a rut of comparison. The journey of unraveling took me on several highs and lows. Then of course when the work got tough I found a distraction and started purging. It all started when the course asked me to relive a memory and I went searching for a particular picture in my belongings. I cleaned out my entire storage space then carefully started to purge while spending time with all these material possessions which I had not seen in five years. There are now 18 boxes sitting in my living room and studio space waiting for next week's garage sale. I'm excited about having more space. Not space to fill with more belongings... I just wanted to feel lighter. During that exercise of purging I realized that many of the belongings I adore were tucked away and not visible for me to admire. Well, that has changed. My Suzy Root pieces are hanging up. My Tonka collection has been dusted and photographed. Now the purging is done, the unraveling continues...

So, just after I started Unravelling I signed up for In The Fish Bowl, an e-course offered by Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday. I'm finishing up an intense self-journey. I'm about to embark on reinventing myself and figure out how I can become an online artist, and the phone rings. It's a former client that wants to have their large master bedroom transformed. I was off working on that project for two solid weeks; painting their ceiling, skimming out the textured orange peel walls, and applying a LusterStone finish.

Well, I'm back and as I said before - I don't want you to think this "shop" is left unkept. I've got a few ideas for posts. Is there something you'd like to see from me? Have you been wondering about how many finishes I can create with LusterStone? Did you miss me talking about LusterStone and how much I love it? Is there another product or finish you'd like to hear about?

For now we have some celebrating of independence to do here in the States. I'm going to spend the weekend celebrating with friends and try to stay cool during our sunny, 90 degree heatwave. I'll have something to share next week.

Thank you for sticking around. And I'm serious... if you want to ask me anything, request some kind of finish, or need to know how to patch your plaster wall - just ask!


jana said...

ok, now I can relax. I have my coffee, a quiet morning and a new post from one special friend :) The ongoing unravelling sounds so good--another ecourse for you :) I want to hear all about it. I look forward to what the journey has for us both and for the fact that we found eachother on it---I am very honored and grateful---:) I'd love to see shots of your latest project---I know you worked very hard on it---do share :)


Kelly said...

Glad to you're back. In the fish bowl sounds very cool. I want to hear more about that. Also, I would love to see what you were working on.

lulu said...

what a lovely journey you are on! This brings a very big smiles to my face...Keep us posted on how this all continues to unravel for you. Its all sounds so very comforting and fulfilling!

Graciel @ Evenstar Art said...

I, too, have Unravelled with Susannah! I took her very first course and look forward to her follow-up, should I be so lucky to get a spot. The Fish Bowl is a wee bit slow for me, but am very glad I'm in it.

I so appreciate the comment you left on my blog, introducing yourself. And yes, I see the yellow bird and my yellow chakra relations. Please show us the latest project you're working on! I used to do decorative painting and love the atmosphere it creates. Inspire me!

.kat. said...

Here's to unravelling even
further! I know my journey
has just begun. Hope you
have a wonderful week!

Lori said...

The first course you took sounds great too! Best wishes to you!

Little Brown Rabbit said...

Hello! Nice to meet you!

Thanks for visiting my blog- I still haven't managed to listen to last Thursdays class!

I enjoyed this blog post- sounds like you are the start of an exciting new adventure!
See you in the bowl :)
Em x

Lani Gerity said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice message! What wonderful work! I can't wait to see how we all unravel and develop!

Brooke said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I'm loving the e-course and meeting all the very talented fishies! :)

Javajune said...

Your new e-course sounds interesting. I love your collection so glad you brought it out of hiding. I would just like to learn how to be a good painter. I've heard it's all in the prep work but that takes patience-something I lack.
Can't wait till we meet in person. I'll be coming sometime before the 17th of August. I haven't made flight reservations just yet. I'll let you know.
This summer is flying by as did our unravelling course. I'm not sure I unravelled in the right places I guess it's still a process.

Lois0607 said...

Hi - thanks so much for visiting my blog and introducing yourself. I appreciate it. Your journey of self discovery; unraveling, reinventing, living in a fishbowl -sound very exciting. Good for you for doing this ! One of the hardest things to do is give away or sell the 'stuff' that has memories or you just plain love it. But unless it can be part of your daily life where it can inspire, it really belongs to someone else. It is someone else's muse. I will be interested to see how you progress.