I am working on art slowly. Trying to be mindful and live in the moment. Recognizing and changing my compulsive thinking in the wake of my brother’s death, requires careful effort and patience. I wish I had been a better sister.

I am also cleaning my work areas and home to further assist myself with clarity. Clutter not only literally hampers my creativity it nurtures a foggy mind and repetitive thinking and well, I can’t find stuff. A clear indicator of having too much clutter is when I purchase supplies I already have.

I was interested to see these works on flickr by a person also utilizing the theme/idea of cocoons, I like the three d work best.

While the theme is the same, my vision is different and since every thing is derivative especially cocoons, which I probably would not have done had they not logically followed the caterpillher paintings, I will continue to work out my ideas of cocoons. I have worked this way for a long time, that is, I use the exercise of theme and variation and the last piece I make informs the current piece, ie, I (almost) always take something from the last work. Rather than focus on the cocoon itself I want to keep in mind the meaning of cocoon; metamorphosis, change, transition, evolution, incubation, development, concealment, containment. Part of changing is weeding through, weening out, leaving behind, shedding.

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5 Responses to “Clarity”

  1. bonnihall Says:

    oooooh—I can’t wait to explore more of her work—I love the cocoons hanging in the metal cages!!!!  Thanks for bringing her to my world! 🙂

    As always–much *PeAcE* and much *JoY* coming to you!!!  🙂


  2. Jeanne Rhea Says:

    I did not post any condolences in regards to your brother’s passing at first.  I read and started posts three times, but kept thinking that since you don’t know me maybe it does not mean too much.  But I happened to remember a woman who wrote me a long letter after reading of my son’s death and it meant a lot to me even though I had never met her.  So this message is just to let you know that I wish you the best and I think that with your efforts to live in the now, the healing will come much faster.  Try not to beat yourself up over not being the very best sister you could be. (For some reason, I feel like you were a good sister!) I know I remembered every instant in my son’s short life that I could have been a better mom.  But we must move on and just try to be the best we can be each day forward.

  3. Patricia Anders Says:

    back atcha Bonnie!

  4. Patricia Anders Says:


    Your name is familiar to me, maybe you have been in one of the doll groups I participate in?

    thank you for your kind words and sharing your experience, kindness is still kindness whether it comes from a friend, family or a complete stranger and I appreciate you taking the time to express your sentiments.

    It  would be devastating to lose a child, hugs to you…

  5. Tara Says:

    a beautiful post.  You’ve given me a lot to think about…. warm hugs your way.