What are your favourite colours? Do you have them liberally spread throughout your home?
The book, A Year of Creativity by Brenda Mallon asks:
Are you sensitive to colours (colors) that go together or colours that clash?
That got me thinking about my home and the colours I have chosen throughout. I took some pics to give a sample of what appeals to me. None of these choices came from logic – they were all from the heart!
So there is blue, yellow, orange and white background. A long time ago someone told me that yellow or gold are positive, happy colours and I believe that is true. Mixing the golds with blue and orange, to me at least, is striking! When our gold curtains were installed I was rather shocked at their bold statement but I have never regretted getting them!
The above images were ‘coloured in’ using an app on my iPad. The app is called Colouring Book and the Mandalas are a sub-set of the images provided. This particular mandala design is my favourite as I like the almost 3D feel about it. I found it to be great fun and quite relaxing!
When I was little, my Uncle Roy bought me a microscope for my birthday. I still remember my fascination at looking down the scope and being amazed to see a leaf transformed into something magical.
I had thought about buying myself a microscope to rediscover the small details we can’t see with the naked eye. My son, Joel, heard about this and bought me a microscope for my recent birthday – and I have had great fun with it. It is electronic and connects to my computer, in much the same way as they are used in medical procedures.
Below are some samples of what I have seen so far. These are images of fabrics in my home. They look very different from what we normally see.
I made the above picture (with cloth, glue and cardboard + butterflies) as a way of expressing the importance of that time in our lives beyond 45 years of age.
The bottom purple rectangle represents our youth up to around 21 years old where we are in a phase of learning about ourselves and the world around us.
The cream rectangle with three gold butterflies represents the years from around 21 to around 45 years. These are usually very productive years for most people – hence the gold butterflies.
The blue rectangle represents that span of our lives from around 45 years to around 80. This is a time when we have a lot of life experience, knowledge and skills – hence the abundance of butterflies.
The top purple rectangle represents those lucky enough to live a long life beyond 80 years.
What I was trying to portray was that the 45-80 years + is a very dynamic phase full of great potential. Notice how this phase is actually bigger than the other three rectangles. I am suggesting a new way of looking at this time in our lives – not of reaching retirement, putting the feet up and waiting for the eventual decline.
This is just my perspective and I would be interested in other people’s ideas and feedback 🙂
I am feeling a bit stressed about completing my writing studies in the next two weeks. I still have a few hurdles to jump over and know I have to work hard to achieve a good result. I confess to a great fear of failing. In reality, failing this unit would not make much difference to my life but I will be really disappointed in myself if I don’t succeed.
There is also a sense of loss at completing my studies. It consumes my time, energy and interest and there will be a gap in my life once I am done. I find this hard to explain. Maybe it is about being part of something bigger – a sense of belonging to a student community (even though the study has all be online).
Then there is that great sense of achievement at completion and success – or gratification describes it more accurately – overcoming something difficult and feeling stretched and experiencing some personal growth.
Finally, for me, study is about wrestling with something in my mind – that is not about ME – something bigger than myself and something that better engages me to the world I live in, day-to-day.
So – PERSEVERE I will and hopefully I will meet my goal of a qualification at the conclusion of my study but also greater knowledge about writing and the industry.
And… if I don’t pass – the world will not end – I will have still learned a lot – and well, let’s wait and see…