Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Turning Negatives to Positives

Inspiration board, Home
71/100 in 100 Creative Challenge
mixed media art journal

This is another exercise in making art for my own benefit instead of just my etsy shop. It won't be sold, it's just for me. Just the way I used to do art.

This is actually the endpaper in my journal. When I bought it, I didn't open the book to check out the pages, but when I started it, I realized the first few pages were a little torn and rumpled.

Boo.

So I turned a negative into a positive and collaged it all. I usually leave it blank and fill it with quotes I discover over the course of the journal... but I've been keeping quotes in my organization notebook. So why not?

Another thing this inspiration board does is help me focus on creating the situation I want to create in my life. I want a new home, but not just any home. I want something that fits my needs. I've read elsewhere about how writing a letter to the universe, or some such variation on that theme helps to bring these wishes into reality.

All I can say is it can't hurt... but it can help. I think it's better to focus on the positive, on what you want to create in life than on what you don't have. When you are putting energy into negativity, nots, and absences, you get negativity, nos and loss back. In other words, the universe confirms your energy for you.

So if you put positive thoughts, gratitude and abundance out there, does that mean that the universe will confirm that energy? I could use some of all that.

So focus on the joys that are. The life that is available for me. The world I want to create. And the things I have at my disposal to take steps toward what I want to manifest.

Along those lines, today I was trying to organize my art, put them into little portfolios according to what I want to do with them. Prints, Originals and I had a pile of work I didn't want to sell because I thought they were not done or not my best work. I got out an archival box where I was going to store them, and inside, I found a whole pile of work that is etsy worthy! I had forgotten about it all.

I have SOOOO much work to put up in my shop. I guess I took an etsy hiatus, but never really stopped painting. What an archive.

This is abundance.

Sometimes it feels like a bit too much and I get overwhelmed...

But that's another topic. Focusing on fears, anxieties and overwhelm.

Maybe I should just go back to the positivity.

7 comments:

Angela said...

I really like this, I believe you do get what you focus on, whether it be negative or positive. So much better to create something positive! Send positive grateful thoughts out to the universe, and it will be reflected back to you.

I'm off to plan my own inspiration board now! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Natasha said...

I've missed you, your words, your art. I love coming here....this post was great. I like the idea of the illustration board just as I like the idea of the letter....I'm going to write a letter to the Universe tonight....and just know you give so much as a gift to the Universe all the time...it makes sense that you found that box filled with your own magic...hugs to you :)

Beverley Baird said...

Loved this post - so very true. Worry is just as bad as negativity - and I have been doing a lot lately. But what good does it do us?
Loved your collage as well.
May all your dreams be fulfilled!

Jessie said...

Oh Rowena, your collage looks delicious!!! :)

At the moment I am sitting her imagining your art(heart)-filled house. Gosh, what a treat it would be to peek at all of your little art stashes! :)

serline said...

A very well done story board. I would love to live in there.

abbey bernardi said...

i just stumbled upon your blog and it is so lovely, i love the message in this post.

susan said so said...

I know this is an ooollllld post, but I just came across it, and LOVE your collage! Makes me happy just looking at it. :)

xox,
Susan @ Dreams Underfoot
http://confessionsofasineater.blogspot.com/

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