Sunday, September 7, 2008

moving on


you're in a longtime favorite place: a cafe, restaurant, spa, park, a place where you have spent a lot of time, and then you realize it's not working for you anymore. you've changed, it has changed, the environment, the people... something about it is not the same. and so you move on, with sadness or ambivalence or maybe even a bit of excitement.

in other thoughts, ricë posted a great tutorial yesterday on prepping pages for art journaling... and how marvelous of her to credit me with the ink pad technique, even though i'm sure thousands before me have worked with it too. it was a happy accident that became my main method for creating colorful journal backgrounds, including this one.

and, finally, thanks for all your well wishes yesterday. we're already in our communications groove. all it takes is one little bitty blackberry and it's almost like we're in the same room. i hope i always have this childlike amazement with technological progress [i'm still wowed that humans can get a plane in the air.] enjoy the rest of your weekend, all :)

13 comments:

Christy said...

Wow, it's eerie how you hit on something that's happening to me right now. I realize now it's been happening for awhile, but it just dawned on me this week that it's no longer the place for me. I'm very, very sad about it, and a little mad too. But I think it's meant to be. It's comforting to see it expressed in your words and lettering -- I'm glad I'm not the only one. Thank you.

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

Have always had a strong pull toward your lively yet mellow backgrounds, and that was a cool tutorial.

Reminds me of the Beatles song "There are places I remember."

Gracia said...

Flying through the air and seeing new things - here's to finding delight everywhere.

Mary-Laure said...

I feel like I'm done with the city where I live (Paris). I want to go to California!

see you there! said...

The background idea looks great (from the tutorial) partly because it looks like something easy to write over. Of course you DO write over it so that gave me my first clue.

Darla

soulbrush said...

isn't it wierd that you suddenly realize something is no good after years of doing it over and over...life is incredibly intersting! hugs.

♥ Tiny Red said...

i know the feeling...

Kelly C. said...

i totally relate to this. when i was younger, i felt a strong pull to stick it out even when i'd already moved on mentally... it's a good feeling to recognize that it's over and be able to physically make space as well. one of my girlfriends and i call this "clearing the decks." XO{hope that wasn't too much of a rambling comment.}

aivilo said...

Wow, I really love your artwork! Your handwriting is lovely, too... I find it cosy to be able to see such a personal thing as your handwriting in a web-blog like this.

I had a special spot on some cliffs near the water, where I liked to go just to clear out my mind. I always felt strong emotions about everything I thought about when lying on those cliffs listening to the waves... Then I moved to another city and when I came back, I think that my high expectations concerning the experience awaiting disturbed the whole thing. It simply didn't work anymore. I left the cliff with a sad feeling inside.

-Olivia

Megan Coyle said...

What a familiar feeling...

And once again, your lettering and use of color is wonderful. It makes me wish I had better handwriting :)

hrsj said...

i'm so nosey i was sitting here wondering what that place is!

i do that with music, sometimes something i used to really like and listen to allll the time, just doesn't work anymore. but then i'll find, perhaps, in another year or so, it will, again. picking up and putting down.

yes thank goodness for technology. :)

aimee said...

wow, thanks all for sharing your thoughts and stories on this feeling of "clearing the deck" as kelly said - i guess it could apply to just about anything as our tastes and interests shift: music, books, people, places, things...

olivia: you described this sentiment beautifully, much better than i did... it is so hard to re-create a feeling from the past. and when it doesn't happen the way we expect it to, it's disappointing.

kelly: no such thing as a rambling comment here. type away :)

heather: yeah, i'm kind of reluctant to divulge since it's a local place... nothing bad happened there so i don't want to badmouth it - it's just not ringing my bell anymore. although, having said that, now i'm nosy and want to know which place christy wants to ditch; i'm assuming that's local too :)

steve said...

Yeah, I've had that happen (as far as place is concerned). It's almost like a minor break up. Anyhow, glad you're well and I really like how you drew your thoughts here.