I am going to be a StencilGirl stencil artist!!!!!
Actually, StencilGirl already has some of my stencils in production. They will be available SOON!
I have been creating stencils for myself to use in my artwork for quite some time now, so I got brave and submitted some to StencilGirl. The rest is history, LOL.
Here is my stencil philosophy. A stencil is not sacrosanct. It is merely a drawing, painting and mark making tool. You can use tiny bits of it or the whole thing. After you have stencilled the image, change it, layer on top of it, flip it, use parts of it in reverse. Use medium, plaster, gesso, paint--perhaps your own blood--to create texture and color. And about the blood: it is getting close to Halloween. Besides, don't some of your paintings feel as if you bled making them?
I will let you know the second I join the StencilGirl group of very talented artists. Wait, I probably won't have to. You will hear me screaming: "I'm a StencilGirl !"
I know, shameless self promotion. I will make it a topic on my sidebar.
A true warrior utilizes more than weaponry to deal with challenges that are encountered.
Discipline and strength of purpose allow a warrior to face whatever life presents with courage. Rather than immediately pull out weapons, a warrior assesses her adversaries, tries to understand their position, respects their strength. How can one effectively deal with a threat that is not understood, measured, considered? Which of us would want to be judged in an instant, and found wanting, with no attempt at communication and so little regard that we were simply executed--as if we meant nothing.
As an artist, my creed is about trying to find a creative solution to challenges rather than overpowering others so that they adopt my views, or at least do things my way. A refusal to listen to opposing views arises from an attitude of exclusion and contempt. Violence is often expediency in the service of greed.
A person whose first and only choice is violence, is not a warrior but a terrorist. He does not follow god, he plays god, and the lives of others are of no consequence to him. A warrior must honor life--what else is worth sacrificing oneself for?
So many say they long for peace, but I do not think peace can be "won." It must be practiced. Warriors employ focus and use strategies to do the honorable thing a hundred times a day, perhaps a thousand. They get better at it, because they keep practicing.
Be a warrior.
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world. --Pema Chödrön
I attended the funeral of a dear friend today. David.
There was nothing somber about this event. It was the joyful celebration of a life well lived, superbly lived. Everyone who shared their experience with Dave felt personally seen, heard, understood and loved by him. He was able to respond not only to what you said to him, but what you were unable to express as well. Can you imagine how affirming that was for others? Dave was also one of the most "surrendered" persons I have ever met. He knew and accepted himself at a very deep level, which allowed him to surrender to whatever life and other people placed in his path.
It is impossible not to reflect on your own life when the evidence of such superb living is presented to you. It encourages self evaluation, and the determination to live larger in every conceivable way.
It starkly reminds you that when your breath has left your body, you lie helpless before the judgement of those your life took place among. The reaction to your "passing" is a clear reflection of how you got there, what you did and said, the way you conducted yourself. One word pretty much sums it up--love. How well did you love?
I am determined to be ever more mindful of how I interact with those around me. Thank you, Dave. Again.