I’ve almost completed the Consider Birds on-line art class. Lessons are coming to a close; which is good as we are haying and my time to do creative projects is very limited.
One of the Lesson 4 projects was another typewriter prayer. I had lots of fun with the peacock, ink and paint.
Thank You for the blessing of awareness.
Awareness of the beautiful things, the little things, the simple things.
You make humble things glorious, this mindfulness fills my heart.
Thank you for guiding me to live with an open mind, heart and eyes, so that I may discover your blessings in the simple everyday things.
In Lesson 5, Jodi walked us through what she needs on a daily, or almost daily, basis to live well. I need many of the things Jodi does to feel good, function, live and work to the best of my ability. Little everyday things are part of what makes us who we are and keeps our life in balance. Knowing our personal little everyday things is essential to living well.
Prayer~Blessings~ Gratitude- I am constantly thanking God for the abundance of blessings I have in my life. The practice of daily prayer and gratitude help me know God’s Love.
Forgiveness I’m not perfect and need to learn to forgive myself as God forgives me. I also need to remember to forgive others as God forgives me.
Rest~Relax~Be Creative and Embrace Imperfection My body and mind needs rest. I need to relax with a good book or coffee on the deck. I need a creative outlet to keep me balanced. Photography, blogging, mixed media art, crafty projects and gardening help me to embrace imperfection and use my creative side.
Nutrition, Work, Fresh Air, Walk, Let Go of Anxiety and Worry- My Grandpa taught us that “food is a good investment.” I try to make wholesome meals to fuel the mind and body, so that J and I are able to work. I love working outside and have a need for fresh air. I’m lucky to my career allows (requires) me to put in a good days work that is usually done outside.
One of my biggest anxiety busters is a good walk. I frequently walk on the treadmill and read on my kindle. This is my chance to zone out. When I walk outside I enjoy the fresh air and companionship of Molly or Rosie.
Live~Laugh~Love- A good reminder to keep it simple and to keep life in perspective.
Know and Accept Who I Am- This is my continual “works in progress”. I find value in knowing and recognizing my shortfalls. If I know this, I can better manage my fault to avoid major issues. I also find value in knowing and recognizing my strengths. I can use my strengths to make a good life for J and I. I can use my strengths to make a positive difference on our ranch, people I interact with and within our Agriculture and local communities.
The above mentioned Live Well items are ways to guide me to a better understanding of who I am, who I want to be and how to get there.
Nests: Heart and Home is what Jodi brought us in Lesson 6. I think Jodi says it best:
“Home is a sacred space. It is where we grow our families so that they may take flight into their intended, purposeful lives. So often, home is taken for granted, it gets messy, there is strife, it gets shabby. However, by our attitudes and actions, we have the choice to make home a sanctuary, a safe house, for rest, acceptance, love, correction, growth, renewal, nourishment.” ~Jodene Shaw, Consider Birds: Lesson 7
I really had fun with this piece. I love the singing robin chicks. The hymn in the upper right corner, “I’ll Fly Away,” is one of my favorites. The picture in the lower right corner is on its own 5 X 7″ canvas and added to the 12 X 12″ canvas. I love this image! The dictionary definitions I used are ones that mean home to me: home, nourish, renew, grow, family, safe and comfort.
Sculpey Clay was the medium we used for Lesson 7’s project. I used cookie cutters to make the fun shapes, a star tack, rubber stamp letters and a vase to make the deep ridges. This is not my finest art work. But, I find success in trying something new, not giving into frustration and thinking about how do it better next time. This was a new art form for me, I’m not going to get it just right the first time and that’s ok!
Live Freely and Lightly was the idea behind Lesson 8. Our class comes around full circle as we meditate on Mathew 11:28-30. This passage encourages us to give our burdens and anxiety to God and He shall give us rest and peace of mind.
A delay in our haying plans, due to light rain on Saturday morning, gave me a chance to squeeze in the typewriter prayer project for this lesson. Jodi used pages from a used hymnal for the background of her project. I copied the song Jesus Loves Me from a children’s song book I found in the basement. I think the heavier hymnal pages would work better for this piece. I used a typewriter prayer I wrote in May, the butterfly is a rubber stamp and I embellished with a clay piece from Lesson 7. Again, not my best art work, but I went through the process and feel like I have completed the on-line class.
I want to say Thank You to Jodi, host and teacher of Consider Birds: Trading Anxiety for Peace of Mind. I’ve learned a lot about birds and have taken time to stop and feed the birds, watch them and enjoy their songs. Thank You for sharing your struggles with anxiety, how God and prayer guides you to search for peace in your mind and soul.
On the creative side, I’ve been exposed to new types of art technic and materials. I’ve made some pieces I love and done a few projects that I left room for improvement. The process of thinking through what I need to accomplish peace of mind and how God helps me is the most important lesson of the class! The creative process is one step to relaxing and realizing “It’s ok; I am doing fine”.
Jodi says she has some bonus material for us next week. Sounds like I have something to look forward to when I get out of the hay field.