Sunday, August 13, 2006

About the "BLISS" theme....

I was watching Oprah one morning last week and she was interviewing Anderson Cooper (he is so cute and down to earth!). The interview pretty much explored the heartaches in his life and his ability to overcome them to become the incredible news correspondent that he is today. When Oprah asked him where his inspiration came from, he told her that his mom (Gloria Vandrbilt) always encouraged him to follow his "bliss"---and that is what he did. His reply stayed with me all that day, so I decided to explore the words---follow your bliss. I "googled" the words follow your bliss and found that they were part of a quote from a passage in a book written by a man named Joseph Campbell. Here is the quote...

"Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else."

Joseph Campbell
US folklorist & expert on mythology (1904 - 1987)

I have decided to adopt those words for my life. I have made a decision that I will FOLLOW MY BLISS (my creative side---my ART) and see where it goes. I am the happiest when I am creating---I will have to start looking for some of those doors!

I am so excited---going to Art Unraveled!

I am leaving for Phoenix on Tuesday morning (with my friends Harriet and Sandy) to attend Art Unraveled 2006! I am so EXCITED!! Harriet and I attended last year and had a blast---I just know that this year will be even more fun. Here are pix of my trades (ATC's) and my name tag.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Completion of a project...

This is a spread I just completed as a last round in a Collaborative Journal project that I participated in this past year. I will be mailing the journal home to it's owner in Australia tomorrow. The journal theme is "My Favorite Things". The first image is the left hand side of the spread and the second is the right. It feels good to be at the end of this journey.