Transmission du Mouvement

Posted November 26, 2015 by JJ
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Sometimes chains are the thing that move you forward is what I get from this. Look at those gears going, it’s my brain on three hours of sleep.

Art by Editions Rossignol


We have a conditional offer on our house, and have been sitting all week hoping everything will go through. We should know tomorrow, and if it firms up I’m flying out west to buy our new house. It brings new meaning to the phrase “high anxiety” as we have so much to do in so little time. The many cogs are moving in increments in the background.

I’ve spent spare hours trying to finish a baby quilt, and I’m just sewing the binding down in the next two days and all the baby gifts I made can be delivered. The piston goes up and down like a sewing machine needle.

Chains: it’s all have you look at it. Movement it is!





Posted November 15, 2015 by JJ
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(Charonia variegata)
Being numb to feelings and in denial of emotions


“Tritons emit a chemical to anesthetize their prey. With the prey effectively numbed and immobilized, it loses any potential to mount a defense.”

I have been back on a strict vegan diet again after some alarming symptoms in my legs and circulation and screaming sciatica and tinnitus. After three days I notice an improvement. I’m definitely an emotional eater, an eater for comfort, but I was numb this week physically and it occurred to me that the mindfulness approach to emotions was the wiser path. Sit there and feel instead of reaching for the easy cover-up of ice cream or chips.

In my case, the cover-up is certainly hampering movement and the potential to protect myself, my health. Denying and turning away from emotions is not the way to a healthy mind and body.

No drama to feelings, just noticing.



It’s Hard Not to Cry

Posted November 14, 2015 by JJ
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This shocking news from Paris…I want to keep in my mind the millions of Muslims who are honourable, godly people, working and living peacefully, contributing to the well-being of society, and involved in their communities to strengthen them not to tear them down.

This open-hearted symbol of cheer graces the peace quilt made for Patch Adams M.D., 1989
Join us in people-to-people peacemaking.


Patch Adams started the Gesundheit Institute as “a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society, and the world.”

The Imprint

Posted November 9, 2015 by JJ
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I love this picture. The baby is holding a plant and has a vine seemingly imprinted on its skin, and then when you look closely, the human baby is curled up with a bird in the egg. Really, just a lovely piece of artwork.

I thought of birthing and slowly growing, nurturing life and creativity with this, as well as companionable nature, or maybe the co-nurturing of the natural world.

I’ve been wanting a higher grade of watercolour pencils, namely the Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils. They are a whopping price, but with Christmas money from my Dad, I managed to buy a tin of 36 and then added 6 colours that they had in open stock. I also topped up my Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils by buying 12 more from open stock.

The thing about art supplies is that they are expensive and I say to myself “You don’t really need those” or “You can get by without them”, but as I have practiced this year, I found through using them that the Polychromos pencils are the best, better than my Prismacolors that my Dad also bought me 24 years ago, because they are oil-based rather than wax-based. So by extension, I know their Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils are going to be better. They are going to have much better lay down and saturation than my Staedtler Karat Aquarell pencils.

Artwork is much on my mind because of the new journal and imaginary trip I am doing next year. I don’t want to let it go, I want to nurture it so it doesn’t become one more thing that I let slip away.

You’ve got to grip the plant in the womb, let it seep into your skin while waiting to be born.




Persistent Truth

Posted November 3, 2015 by JJ
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Every time I pull the 3 of Wands it reminds me of a story I once planned to write about the Lusitania, relating it to this card and the man looking at a ship from a height on land. It would have been a great story but I didn’t start it when I had the impetus and although still in my mind, it’s probably going to stay there because over a decade has passed since I got the idea.

I have learned since then to try and get the dreams out of my mind, out into some concrete form. It’s one of the reasons I started writing poetry and drawing and painting again after many years, and writing this blog.

This is about effort and truth and watching your ship come in with anticipation or wistfully seeing it go, leaving you behind. I don’t have a lot of Wands energy these days but to keep the flame going I have to give it oxygen, even a little bit will keep those dreams alive, keep me creating, persisting, finishing.

For my weekly planner, I usually grab one or two quotes, and this week I had the word “persistence” in mind.

1) A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

2) When you feel like quitting: think about why you started.

Last week’s quotes were about motivation and really helped me get along:

3) Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. [Jim Rohn]

4) Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes. [Benjamin Franklin]

Isn’t that the truth?




Perseverance is Like a Crying Baby

Posted October 31, 2015 by JJ
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We were scrambling because of another house viewing last night. We had three this week, which is good, but three this week took me away from my sketching and I am four sketches behind now. I will chip away at it after lunch, and maybe do smaller pictures or something.

During one night of insomnia where I only got 3.5 hours of sleep, I sat in my special chair in the bedroom journalling and then I took a piece of paper and started writing out my plan for next year’s 52 weeks of sketching. I had been thinking of ramping it down to a bi-weekly sketch but this new Imaginary Trip project excites me, I don’t want to abbreviate it. It can be done and it is much on my mind, which is why I need the discipline to catch up with my current sketches.

It’s hard to think or draw and paint on 3 hours of sleep and when every second day you have to scramble for house viewings by strangers. Blah.



“All that is the fruit of love and honest perseverance will have a long-lasting future.”

I like that thought of “honest perseverance” as it feels good to accomplish things, to finish what you start, to get the pictures out of your mind and down on paper. I like making art, and that IS the long-lasting future.



Database in Mordor

Posted October 29, 2015 by JJ
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Database Monday on Thursday…we had some house viewings this week and I am way behind, having swiffered the floors interminably this week and resurrected some patchwork pillows I made in the 1980s for decorative accents.

Steven Bright, master of the car boot sale, once sent me the The Lord of the Rings Tarot, for which I created a rather convoluted study where I used the deck with random snippets from the Poetic Edda and often tossed in a digital wreath. You can see them here.


Ah, there’s nothing so satisfying as a long ramble through a card with several tangents thrown in. This particular deck got bad reviews, but there is always a way to use a supposedly bad deck; I found it charming to use. One day when I have time, I will do a few more of these. The time thing though, will I ever see it again?


“This deck unites two great traditions: the spiritual, mystical tradition of the tarot, and the world of folklore and fantasy which J. R. R. Tolkien brought to life in his timeless works. Every card is a glimpse into Middle-earth with scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Instructions included for a card game for 2 to 6 players.”

Illustrated by Peter Pracownik, written by Terry Donaldson, and published in 1997 by U.S. Games, I think this deck holds up. I gave it 5 out of 10 stars in my database, which might seem like a poor rating but I found it fun to use in my own little way.

Space, time, The White Tree, and Würms of the world. It all fits, it all ties together! Lest you doubt, lest you not have the Poetic Edda in your collection.





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