Saturday, February 6, 2016

All sixes and sevens...

drawing challenge no. 187

Our host this week for the drawing challenge is the lovely Nadine! It's been far too long since I've been able to play here and so I am particularly happy to join in. And, as usual, I wondered what I might possibly come up with. My mind blank, teetering on the edge of the abyss of panic, my heart beginning to race a little, my logic reaching for possibilities, I go to bed discouraged in my own ability to ever make anything interesting, truly creative, original, nice and in particular something that others might like, again. This happens every time. But absolutely every time, the panic is followed by a kernel of an idea. It grows. I relax. I find BELIEF again that maybe I can think of something original and that I love and that others might like. I relax more deeply. The muse enters into things. I begin to trust. I relax quite a lot now. The muse and me are working together on something. That something for this drawing challenge is a little book. SURPRISE!

And so it grew. My ideas always grow. Too big for a challenge and done in one week, actually. I'm always full of "this is going to be...or, when this is finished it will..." And so again with this week's challenge.

But here is my little book. The feeling I get when faced with signing up for a new challenge repeats itself every time. As outlined briefly above, I doubt, worry, panic, relax a little, allow an idea to enter, relax a little more, allow the muse in, relax a lot, and get down to work. That is my personal experience of being all sixes and sevens. It's not comfortable. It is always worth it. And as always, I won't be able to complete my project for the deadline but will show you what I do have done, and describe the rest.

I believe in things unseen. Miracles, magic, ghosts, favors granted from the divine, synchronicities, quantum physics, prayer, an intelligent universe. I believe. But my belief is not always comfortable and at times quite the opposite. My ego who very much wants to control things and is very incompetent and some say, run by the devil himself, just has to have a say in things. The devil might whisper "prove it" and I say back "I don't have to, for I believe." These are general musings I realize, but so is my drawing challenge offering this week.

As I sit and think of things 'universe' I think of stars first, so I made a small book of 65 lb. recycled art paper inside and my beloved Saint Armand paper for the cover, using a Japanese stab binding in the shape of STAR. The first page of the book shows a very small drawing of a field at dusk with the nighttime stars beginning to twinkle. At the bottom, a quote cut from an old recycled bible: for we walk by faith, not by sight. This is from 2 Corinthians 5:7. The meaning for me is that I don't have to see things to believe in them. I believe I have a muse that will never leave me or fail me. I'll leave it at that.

Lincoln said: "To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing."

Now we come to the part where I won't be able to complete the whole art idea by the deadline for this week. My little book is meant to be written in, drawn in, or whatever one desires. It will snug into a little pocket which really will be a pendant pouch on a rope, worn as a necklace. The pouch will be woven (I have a table loom I call Saint Agnes) from textured wool and strips of paper rope I make from bible pages (shifu Japanese paper rope.) It's gonna be great I tell ya! Famous last words.

I like the idea of affirmations and one could write these in the little book necklace to refer to, remember, quote to one's self (might come in handy at the dentist's office) and I like the idea of the card no. 17 of the Major Arcana in the Tarot. Card no. 17 is STAR. This might have special meaning for some. As I worked on this small book, the meaning of it grew as it grew into being between my fingers and needles et al. I see this piece as a 'prayer book' of sorts. For it has a bible quote and is illustrated ever so slightly. So it can be that for some, too. Okay so what does this thing look like for heaven's sake! Here is the cover. Shown beside a dime for scale, and threading instructions for drama (HA!):

Here is the front page illustration. Pencil crayon, ink. I haven't done any art for months so I'm critical of this but it does give a nice idea:

Drop by to visit Nadine who will direct you to the visuals for all of the folk playing along this week. You will see all different kinds of wonderful offerings here. Nice to see you again! Cheers, Norma, x

p.s. just ignore the blue colored chunk in the middle of the blog. I can't get rid of it.


  1. i have always loved your posts for the sense of humour and whim that you incorporate and you do not let me down on this one! talkin' about a rendez-vos with the divine muse, and next acting precisely as you intended. this is where the artist resides and proof sits here in the form of a stunning tiny booklet, with stars binding, for heaven's sake! you are too good.
    thank you so much for playing along this weekend.
    too right, we miss you! n♥

  2. I'm happy to see you here again! I made a dc break too! I always loved your little books and I think this one will be beautiful!!
    :-) mano

  3. Hi Norma, nice to have to back and it shows very clearly why you didn't participate for long time. There is a sense of doing it all perfect and insanely unique and I really admire how you deal with your own inner critique and finally come up with a fine little book!
    barbara bee

  4. lovely little book
    always give me a smile
    i hope you will join
    next week ;^))
    more on that later

  5. Nice to read your dc"struggle" and how you came to your tiny book of stars:) - eric

  6. Nice to read your dc"struggle" and how you came to your tiny book of stars:) - eric

  7. oh my, that is a tiny book. a book to be treasured. the stars in the stitching are magic.

    thank you for:
    Lincoln said: "To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing."

    Waiting for inspiration is an art. So glad you joined us!

  8. Hello, dear Norma,
    welcome back to the drawing challenge! Lovely, your tiny book (sure!) and the stars of binding.

    See you next week?
    Love, Ariane

  9. Oh yes! I completely understand and ALWAYS have those out of proportion dreams to achievable reality. But your tiny book is beautiful, and will be a jewel eventually. :D PS. I didn't finish the challenge this week either. Whatever. It'll get done eventually. :D

  10. Hello dear Norma, welcome back! Yes, sometimes these DC's really are a challenge for us. Thankfully the audience is loving and encourages us to keep creating.
    Your tiny book is wonderful. I'm jealous of your stitching skills.
    xo Carole

  11. Norma, I very much enjoyed reading what you have written here about things unseen, your process, and how your ideas grow. I love the little book with its star stitching and its pages full of possibility.

  12. dear Norma.... what a beautiful post, and I can see your wonderful idea, and feel the delight and struggle along the way. Love this little book with the star binding and the promise of much to come. beautifully done as usual. (I also like the blue chunk of text in the middle)

  13. just postde the new theme
    will you join again?


Your comments make my day! Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma


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