Spread #77- It’s All In The Cards November 19, 2009Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
The way I understand ‘Play the cards you were dealt’, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’, or ‘Life happens while you make plans’ is that we are all given a set of circumstances at any present moment and it is up to us to ‘make the most of what we are given.’ Easier said than done, isn’t it? We all know we should ‘turn our obstacles into opportunities’…but who does it well, and all the time? Do you? Look how many exhausted expressions we have come up with to describe what we ‘need to do’. Having said that, I also believe that sometimes the same hindrances actually do nudge us gently to bring some amazing things into being, breathtaking creations into existence and I’m talking about life. Same can be said about art, many limitations can come to play when creating art; critical and unforgiving voices from within, fear, rusty minds, hearts and hands, lack of tools, time, focusing on the end result rather than on the process, the list goes on and on. Sometimes having limitations can produce unexpected processes and outcomes. A rough road may be more inspiring than a smooth one, it may stretch our imagination and make our creative juices spill all over it. It may present a great opportunity to grow. In terms of art journaling, I enjoy being a student, I thrive on the limitations set before me by someone else, it may be the graphic designer in me, “here is your prompt, your theme, you will now use this material to achieve this next step, you will use only soft natural colors, you will create 7 layers, you will incorporate lettering in your pages,” and so on. That’s when I go beyond my usual self to discover more bits and pieces of me, bits and pieces I have not known before. With this spread I became a student of myself, setting limits…do you know how hard it is for me to work with pink? with ‘cute’ images?…well, ‘I made the best of a bad situation’…hehe.