I dropped the words and then suddenly read them. Really read them - they jumped at me. And I knew this would be the phrase to bring me back to art, or at least back to attempting art - I haven't painted in 15 months, haven't glued, haven't hammered, haven't anything but typed words. And it 's been enough, more than enough, but I am at last ready for more. I've never been one of those folks who could paint her way out of a box of despair; I need happiness to begin that process, and it may be that the painting will tell you how angry I am, but it is contentment that moves me forward, that it is the first foot on the road, and I am healing. I feel the call.
And so. This phrase. There is something quite Mad Men about these 6 little words, these little words that have nothing whatsoever to do with pretty and everything to do with power. I can't put into words the way I felt as I stood and stared at those 6 little words. I will have to put it into paint.
And then I will give it away. To one of y'all.
I've thought long and hard about this; this being my first giveaway, I wasn't sure how to approach it, and this may not be the right way, but here's how it will work. I'm giving myself a bit less than a month to finish this. It's a long time, I know, but it's been a while and I want no time pressure. During that month, I'd like you to think about this and come up with your own interpretation of these 6 little words - photo, painting, journal page, paragraph, poem, I care not. I just want to see it. And on September 23, the moon all full and female, I'll show you mine if you show me yours. I'll link to everyone's site or Flickr account and would like for you to link back to here. If you don't have a blog or Flickr or whatever, let me know and we'll figure something out - perhaps Facebook. If I can figure out how to make a button to paste onto your site, I'll do that, but I know me, so don't hold your breath. :) I'll drop all your names into a hat or a box or a bowl and I'll find someone to draw a name and that person will receive my painting.
Because I need y'all to keep me going.
And because I really want to see your stuff.
Don't just sit there and look pretty.
Leave a comment, let me know.
Tell your friends.
I'll post the list on the sidebar.