Passions of an Odd Chick

Friday, February 27, 2009

Kaleidoscopic Mind



The older I get the more multi-dimensional I feel about myself. My art is all over the place and it shows no sign of focus on one particular subject. I admire people who are able to focus on one particular specialty like a sport, hobby, job, etc. and get really good at it- like the Olympians. But, I will never be that kind of girl - alas.......but I will have stuck my feet and hands and mind in a hundred different passions that made my life an incredible kaleidoscope. Like that beautiful toy, I find that all my interests begin to overlap the other and enhance the process and the design is ever evolving as my years roll round and round in the hands of God. Sometimes you want to stop the kaleidoscope and hold on to certain perfect symmetry or that moment in time, but only a breath can change the view -and there you go again. I'm not going for balance anymore. For me there's no such thing. But I do believe I'm achieving a measure of wholeness and contentment with the skin I'm in. I realize a creative mind is never at rest. It's always changing- there's a new design everyday within the brilliant tunnel of my own kaleidoscope because I'm handled carefully, yet often by the Master's hand. You can't really argue with what He's doing...you just roll with Him until He lays it down.
original art journal sketch

15 comments:

Michelle said...

Amazing!

Barb Hartsook said...

Beautifully written! It inspires me after writing yesterday about fears that sometimes stop me.

We are kaleidoscopic! Ever changing, ever colorful, and patterned in seeming chaos. Yet God did the structuring, so the chaos makes sense after all. "Rolling with him until he lays it down" is a powerful visual.

As usual, I'm glad I came. And I love the graphic!!!

Anetka said...

Peggy, I think everything requires time. If you want to be good at one particular thing than you have to practice, practice, practice, even if you don't see aim anymore. If you want to learn to play piano for example.
Then there is different thing if your mind cannot rest and is looking for sth all the time. I found that the only way to stop my mind from "running" is to draw. Only then am I able to feel myself in the very moment:)

Good luck with your passions. You are doing amazing things, and your creations always inspire me!!!

Great portrait btw:))

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

i love it! who is she? she is beautiful....

Odd Chick said...

she's a composite of several models- but her eyes are all her own

Paula Villanova said...

ahem...I happen to think your writing is pretty darned fantastic....

simplyred said...

This creation is so beautiful! And I love both the journal version and the PhotoShop (?) version. Really original and creative. And as always, I love your writing and your way of thinking.

Ernie

Steve Emery said...

Great post. So true.

redchair said...

I really enjoy your analogies of your work to your life. But I will tell you something that will probably happen as you continue to evolve as an artist:

In the future, you may find a subject that is so close to your heart you want to do it repeatedly from every angle and thought you feel about it. You'll find that suddenly you have a half dozen or more images of the same subject. And when you do- you will have created your first series.

That's how they come to pass.

hugs,
Vikki

linda said...

great sketch! and wonderful post!

xoxo

FrankandMary said...

Loving the eyes. Trying 1000 different things isn't a problem, only not finishing 999 of them is.
~Mary

Kimmie said...

As always - I'm equally interested in what you have written as in what you have created. It's wonderful to hear the inspiration behind the creation. Lovely lovely work and words :)

ooglebloops said...

I hope we can all strive to be kaleidoscopic and a possibilitarian- and your blog is always interesting in word and art.......

Karin said...

That's a truly lovely portrait- then you make it absolutely visionary when you add the kaleidoscope effect - really beautiful to me!

Robert A Vollrath said...

Wonderful job of writing.

All my artist friends tell me to focus on one thing but I can only focus on everything. My writing and art feed each other.

I felt I could have written this.
How many artist feel what you put into words.