Stop and Smell the Roses

StopandSmellI realized last night when I was creating this page that the theme was emerging from an inner desire to be able to just stop. A lot has been going on in my life, all good things, but these things have been eating into the time I spend with my journal. I realized last night that my journal creates a place of pause for me, a haven where I can stop, look, and listen to my heart and soul.

Fall has always been a favorite season of mine since I was a child, but the longer I live in the Pacific Northwest, the more I love Spring! I love the bright vivid chartreuse green leaves emerging from the skeletal trees dominating the landscape all Winter. I love the bursts of color from the early spring bulbs – crocus, daffodils, and soon tulips. I adore the abundance of cherry blossoms, especially the trees that have double blossoms and look like puff balls. I am energized by Spring and restored by it. I think I’m just a bit frustrated by everything (ie. life) moving so fast. I need more time to focus on what is beautiful around me. Art is one of the ways I do that. Working in my garden is another. There are so many opportunities to live and breathe and be. I am full of gratitude and it’s abundant.

“Spring” ATC

I started swapping art by making Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  There is something so inviting and so un-inhibiting about the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 size.  Even my daughters got into making them at one point.  If ever you’re struggling to find your muse or re-energize your creativity, the ATC will certainly help realign you and re-center you with your creative spirit and path.

This particular ATC was made for a swap with a book page theme and needed to contain a part of a book page.  I used a book page as the background in my ATC.

Living in Oregon, where the winters are wet and dark, I get Spring fever worse and worse it seems as the years go on.  So around February and March, everything I am doing tends to involve greenery and flowers and bright and pastel colors.  I’ve been saving the image of the women cut from a fashion magazine for a while now and I decided to incorporate it into this piece.  It gives the piece some rhythm and adds an element of surprise because it’s unexpected.  It also reminds me of an army of women marching for a cause – in this case they’re unified in celebration of Spring – marching in honor of the returning goddess and transformation after a long Winter’s rest.