So today, I thought to chronicle my work and follow my impulse on this last page. I have realized with each spread that when I start, I never know what the page will end up looking like and have been following my impulse from an inspiration to a vague notion of what the page will be. I just didn't realize that was what I was doing.
My starting inspiration for this page is a quote by Abram L Urban.
In the picture below, I have finished coloring. I still don't know what my page will look like, but do notice that I have surrounded my work with all the things I love and think I "might" incorporate. (this just happens and eventually I am so closed in by my stuff that I sometimes have to stop and back it away) Also, after I color small areas, I use a paint brush that is just barely damp (and I do mean barely) and I push the color around and blend and generally just play. The colors are added with impulse and ...........
The net thing worked to my liking and I saw sky in the blue and thought of stars. First I punched some stars in a piece of scrap that I picked up. I tried it. Yes that's good but the paper would not hold up. Reaching a little further I picked up the heavy foil from a coffee can that I saved this week. Punched a star. Yes. I like it. ................I still have no clue what this page is going to look like when finished. But I'm liking it and having fun!
I don't like the way the muslin patch looks and want to break that up so I turned around a ripped a page out of a book and glued stripes down.
More coloring to pull it back together. Yes, it needed this layer. A good impulse to follow. I like it but I still don't have the final vision.
Below, I have decided the background is finished.....or at least for now. I'm thinking, it is time to start with the garden photos. I tore them in little rectangles before starting...that was an impulse......but no, don't like......so
I tear a little more irregular but before gluing it down, I picked up the crayons and started working the edges together. This is fun. I like it. Glue.
The Oleander below is a little fuzzy but ......more of the same....working the edges together....I think (with impulse) to go off of the photograph and paint a little flower and I think of my quote.............."the thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful."
Below, I have chosen the image for the page. It's me July 1946.....and with that I will tell you that today, July 2, 2006 is my happy 62nd. I know now the Rose of Sharon must layer over the image of Sharon.
Below is my progress so far. I am now beginning to know what the page will end as but who knows, I haven't added the quote and I have more pictures...............I will continue to Follow My Impulse and hope you will come back to see where it leads me.