Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Finding Beauty Where I Can

The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But
cosmetics are easier to buy. Yves Saint Laurent
Another mixed-media piece in my journal just letting myself play and not being too hard on myself. If I only showed you my very best stuff, I wouldn't show up to this page very often. I wish I could tell you everyday I create something absolutely pleasing to my eye, but the reality in my journal is that most pages are chalked up to just more practice.

With the economy slowed and drought in this area, and lots of people going through serious problems such as struggling marriages and health issues, either related to the first circumstances or not - it makes for real challenge to stay optimistic, vibrant, and passionate about the day and about life in general.

I find that I'm digging deeper in the things of which I spend time and money. That includes my faith, the people I have relationship, the poor and disenchanted, with the things I read, with my work, and with the meager, but entertaining talents that God has given me. All these things matter to this day and this moment, even when the news tells me the future looks shaky. These things ground me. And you?


Kimmie said...

I'm sorry to hear that you are facing drought where you live. That must affect you and the Farmer in a big way. Chalk that one up to climate change.

As for me - I'm trying to care about earth and it's people - even though it's only my temporary home. I don't want to cop out on "I'm just passing through." I want to "still plant my apple tree even thought the world may end tomorrow," (MLK Jr.) And "finding beauty where I can" is a big part of that isn't it?

Carol Anne Strange said...

I love viewing creative work in journals and notebooks. It's always fascinating.

As for the way of the world today, there are lots of changes and challenges ahead but, thankfully, also plenty of goodness, hope, love, and beauty.

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

will you do my makeup please?

Genie Sea said...

Making the dire beautiful is very grounding indeed, and that's what you do :)

Sorrow said...

I long ago gave up the news and the TV.
For me the world is a kaleidoscope of passions.
Not all of them productive and good, but real and vibrant none the less.
I Try to see the rainbow in the rain..
and when all else fails I make cake.
It is impossible to be completely unhappy with chocolate crumbs on your face.

Britt-Arnhild said...


My most beautiful makeup right now is garden soil under my nails.

Steve Emery said...

I really like this mixed media piece - free and lovely - great use of color.

And I know what you mean about being grounded in the simple things and digging deeper during this time of anxiety. This is when we find out how deeply we were planted... hopefully our roots all go down far enough.