I’m still playing with how to post my art this year. I used to aim for as close to 9 pm possible here on the West Coast, but with my recuperation from surgery, my ebb and flow is different than in past years. I am going to try, at least for a few days if not the entire month, documenting the days Art on the Day AFTER I do it, so this is actually Day 1’s creative flow, not Day 2.
Even though the day didn’t seem to start with the greatest creative prospects, I realized how artfully I live. It was artful to go out without a band-aid and allowing my facial scar to be seen. Yes, I got some odd comments but I was able to respond to them gracefully.
I spent much of the day in a downtown coffee house with my friend, grading papers. This is a process that is at times so boring it gets detestable. I solved that dilemma by taking time to do some free writes in between the relentless grading. I use paper I have painted or dyed, circle three words and write using those words as inspiration.
I loved it.
I was also mentally preparing throughout the day for my poetry performance at night.
I am a poet performer and again, the thought of standing in front of an artsy group reading my stuff is daunting enough, but with my new scar? I wasn’t sure how I would feel. This was, after all, the first time in ten weeks I have performed without a band-aid covering my facial woes.
Good news: it went well. People enjoyed my work, I did some collaborative, audience participation stuff (which I think folks have come to expect) and we all laughed and joked and there was lots of time to talk and share and get to know some other artists/poets better. AND! I wrote a fresh new poem which I will post on my poetry blog later today.
Finally, I created something very exciting: my first Women’s Sphere/Word-Love Pendant Necklace. The chain will not be what is on it permanently, but I wanted to wear it to my performance. The face you see is Colette, a famous French Actress/Writer/Poet and reknowned voluptuary who was eccentric and well loved by many and naturally despised by some. She wrote Gigi, the Claudine novels and many others. She died in 1954, 8 years before I was born. I adore her.
The words underneath her face are written by Katherine Anne Porter: she was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer who was also an Actress at one point. I used pages from one of her short stories I found in an old text book, dyed them pink and randomly printed the faces of five women authors on her words.
You will see other pendants AND a lot of other word-love and women's sphere goodies here throughout the month. I look forward to getting to know you AND for those from past Art Every Day Month activities - I look forward to an enriched relationship in November, 2o12.
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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