where the Art and Soul roam,
where the handcrafted miniatures play…
…where silence is heard
in the tweet of a bird…
…and the city stress scuttles away.
(to the tune of Home on the Range)
for the weekend.
I land in an arty crafty sweet nourishing Airbnb home in Katoomba, Blue Mountains, a Cosy Cottage in the Clouds.
It is absolutely what the Art and Soul Doctor (myself) ordered.
There are views of eucalypt, mountain ash and tree ferns from every window.
Art nooks appear magically overnight.
Tiny pieces of creativity are displayed in every crevice.
I am tired. Work has thrown me extra challenges lately.
I am tired, yet inspired.
I make myself leave the house to walk into town. My dazed brain gives the reins to my exploratory art-heart, which leads directly to a bargain bin outside an antique shop. The most perfect book jumps out of the bin and waves its arms around, saying ‘Choose me’.
Can you believe it?
Bedtime Stories for Tired Therapists. Two dollars only.
Back in the Art Home, my art-heart finds my pink tartan pouch of minimal materials.
Ohh, I groan to myself, I’m so tired. Keep it simple.
Now, some of you know, I am NOT SIMPLE. Simple is not my forte. Simple is very rarely me, with my curly-whirly thinking and multi-layered creations.
I aspire to simple.
I admire simple.
But I am constitutionally incapable of Being Simple.
On this occasion, I do the best version of simple I can manage.
I use scraps of leftover collage stuff that fall out of the pouch. There is an airline baggage sticker. There is a clothing label. There is the word ‘Play’.
I work small. I use slow watercolour strokes.
I leave white space.
Art therapist, Amy Maricle of Mindful Art Studio, this week shared the following in her Creative Self-Care Facebook Group about simplicity. Lovely.
WEDNESDAY ART CHAT:
How do you use the concept of simplicity in your art?
If you don’t, what might happen if you made more minimalistic or simpler pieces?
And now from me:
how do you manage with regards to simplicity?
In your life? In your art?
PS The owner of the Katoomba Art Home, has given permission to share the photos with you.
PPS I succumbed to adding more colour. Just now.
Words from Kahlil Gibran on a small container on the desk in the Art Home.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to charge all things you fashion
with a breath of your own spirit.