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I’ve been staying with friends for a few weeks now. It still feels like I’m living out of a box. I was straightening up over the weekend and realized I needed my headphones. I use them with my music to focus, block out everything and everyone around me. While I was living alone I didn’t see the point in using them. They do come in handy with the roommate’s cat being in heat at the moment.
So here I sit, plugged in to my YouTube playlist writing a blog for you. Kicking it old school. Going back to basics. It feels like coming home. Weird how returning to a pattern you haven’t practiced in a while can feel so comforting. Some patterns are worth repeating. Just be sure you pay attention to what your patterns are and what outcomes you get from them. If they don’t benefit you in some way, break those patterns and don’t look back.
I’m doing something else I haven’t done in a while. I’m singing again. I was sick for the better part of a month and it was hard to sing when I could barely breathe. Now I’m singing in the car, at work, at home, belting out my favorite tunes just because I can. I surprised a friend at work singing along with Etta James on At Last. The friend was surprised enough that I liked music that much older than I am but she just kept staring at me when I sang it. Music has always felt right to me. Any kind of music, too, I’m not particular.
I have my headphones, my music, my voice is back and I’m writing. Let’s see what other trouble I can cause today.
I survived the move. More or less. I’m staying with friends for a bit while I find something I can live with for a long time to come. It works. I still haven’t stopped sneezing. Decided to go for full-blown bronchitis. But I’m heavily medicated so we should be right as rain soon. Now that the move is over (for now), I’m trying to get back into my writing. I made sure not to pack all my writing gear into the storage unit. I have been making notes on a new alien story. I don’t usually write aliens but I can’t get this idea out of my head. I’ve let it stew long enough that it’s about ready for a full outline and some serious writing. It’s funny and has a point and I am liking this idea a lot. Now I just need to stop coughing…
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re saying. Isn’t it a little early for that? To give you a quick answer, No! I’ve decided not to buy the little house I’ve been staying in. It’s not so little and a bitch to keep warm and tons of stuff need fixed or freshened up. I’m just not that in love with the house.
That means I’m packing again. But it’s not just packing up all the stuff I have. I’m cleaning out, too. I’m asking myself if I really need all those empty binders and notebooks. Do I really need to keep the two dozen magazines I’ve not looked at in over a year? Do I need two dozen pairs of shoes when I only have about four pairs I wear regularly? How much stuff am I holding on to simply because I remember growing up without a lot of stuff?
Don’t get me wrong. My brother and I had everything we truly needed as kids. But we didn’t get a lot of the stuff we wanted because it wasn’t possible. So I’m cleaning out boxes and drawers and notebooks. I’m packing up the stuff I will use and need. I am not packing the other stuff. The fluff and detritus of 43 years. I’m trimming the fat, so to speak. And once I stop sneezing from all the dust, it’s going to feel really good.
I’m a Libra, which means I see balance in most everything. I always look at both sides of a situation, hopefully before the mouth engages. But I like contrast, especially in artwork and photography. Today I came across a picture that is attempting to show contrast with three colors: black, white, and red. There are a couple of things I thought killed the contrast in the photo.
One: the background has too even a color distribution. Two: the model’s legs, even in fishnets, are a lighter color that matches up with the background before the dress and corset can anchor the image. Three: I didn’t like the shoes very much. They just didn’t seem to fit the picture. Personally, I think a longer dress that maybe had a slit to show some leg would have been better. And let the model stand up. It is possible to stand in platform heels and the long legs with a long dress would have given the solid black dress and solid red corset more impact.
I went browsing on the page to find something that I thought did a better job of showing contrast with color and found an interesting picture. Even with multiple colors in the background and the woodwork so close to the model, her red hair and blue corset pop off the page. Her skin tone is close to the wall behind her which helps, and the wall is not an even pattern. Her left arm gives a solid break of pale between the woodwork and the vivid blue corset. This contrast works for me.
Both pictures were posted at Hot Heels & Corsets on Facebook. I recently found this site thanks to a friend who sent me a photo of an interesting pair of boots. They do have some nice stuff on their page. Be sure to check it out. There were other pictures that showed more contract, some with color, others black and white. But I like both of these pictures for what they are. Except for the flaming shoes…
*(That is not a sexual innuendo. Shocker! )*
I had forgotten how messy chalk pastels could be. Reminded myself today and had more fun than should be possible doing a line study. All I was doing was drawing lines of various widths in different colors. But I was making something, creating something. And I was getting my hands dirty.
When was the last time you did something not work-related that you enjoyed while making a thorough mess? I’m talking dirty hands, sweaty, smudges on your face kinda dirty. Do you remember? Did you enjoy it?
I’ve been looking at the box of chalks for over a week now. They got quite loud over the weekend. “Take us out! Let’s make a picture!” It’s been a very long time since I got artsy. Yes, I forgot how much dust you make with chalks, and how the colors smudge on your fingers.
I also forgot the simply joy of putting color on paper in a pattern all my own. I’ve been rediscovering a lot of things about myself lately. The one I enjoy the most is how much I love to create things. Several of my friends found out recently that I sew. Now there’s talk of making costumes. And I have my sketch pad and chalks, among other things.
I think the art exhibit I saw during my recent trip to the science center helped relight this spark of creativity. I found a quote from Joss Whedon yesterday that sums it up nicely: Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever. MAKE.
What are you making today?