I am a strange bird.....

 Sometimes when I am really not knowing, what it is I want to paint, it flows, and this journal entry did so quickly....Lately I seem to be doing a lot of painting/collaging of feathers...............
I feel lately so much of the "strange bird", I was in my youth. I actually was called that by someone I met in Sydney when I got there in the 70's. He had known me at school in New Zealand, and we bumped into each other. When he said that about me, I felt okay about it. I didn't want to be ordinary, and be like all the other girls. I knew he meant there was something different and unique about me, not that I was strange in a bad way.....I will always be grateful for his words, as hearing them meant I had really been seen by someone.......So now in my older age, I feel okay with it too.... Because what have you got, when you haven't got youth and beauty to carry you. You only have what is your difference, which is your gift, ........VIVA LA DIFFERENCE!......just saying...


This is a page I have done for the "21 secrets" online classes I am taking.....collaged feathers made from my own handmade papers.

Someone reveals to us, ourselves...

 
“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
― E.E. Cummings
 

I knew that I was going to get so much from attending Orly Aveneri's workshop and I did. I feel like there is so much change happening for the better in my life and my art right now. Not only because of the wonderful teaching, words of wisdom, and gentle heart of Orly, but because of a lot of other things that have been happening so amazingly quickly and not that good, ( at first glance). I am finally feeling like I can blossom in my own way, (even at this stage of my life), just call me a very late bloomer, who longs to live, without fear, old relationship issues and, the old need to "be a nice girl", no longer tying me down....



“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.”
― E.E. Cummings

the subject was :juicy:...

 I had a lovely time at the beautiful Dandenong home of Anna, attending our 2nd Melbourne East Art journal group get-together, with Lena, and Gai, and the prompt for the new "mango" paint I wanted to use was..."Juicy"...so the journal pages above and below were what I came up with....

Another journal page done when Lena and I got together for a painting day recently...