Continuing the theme of excitement, another collage about the book.
I had seen this ad in many magazines and always loved the bicyclist flying off the mountain. While I have had dreams/nightmares with a similar theme I just now related to the thrill of taking a leap of faith buoyed by euphoria-a great word. I am so pleased that I actually pushed through all the insecurities and doubts along the way and completed the book. However now that the writing is complete I have to consider post publication promotions, events, and move into more areas that evoke new insecurities and doubts. So this is about excitement and apprehension, the tension before the leap; holding back or moving forward.
Another person in the group did a collage with a giant wing enfolding a vulnerable being. I think to myself, “You can’t fly without wings.” I write:
into the great beyond
strong wings spread open
the wind beneath
the support and faith of all
Staying with the image I like this glove, an open hand symbol. The hand seems to be tossing a ball (actually a rock) into the air. Things are ‘up’ for me right now. I have several balls in the air.
While this writing makes sense and finds meaning in what I make, I want to reiterate that when I collage I try to remain open and let images catch my eye without questioning why. I have several I pull, put into piles that I then assemble. In this case I just reassembled one image after an hour of muddling through others. In the end whatever emerges has a message for me.
I also drew a card that night that reminded me to stay centered and grounded. While seemingly contradictory to flying, I accept this as caution not to get caught up in self-promotion but to remember the intention in writing: to spread the word about the power and promise of expressive art making.
Playtime: How do you feel about edges? Are you teetering at some point before taking a leap of faith? Who supports you and how? Who/what holds you back? Create a conversation with both and do some art. Have fun!