Monday, March 23, 2009

an odd kind of math

when i want to add something to my life i usually find there's something i need to subtract first...it is a strange equation, but then again i was never very good at math ;)

38 comments:

joanne said...

we should all be this good in math...

Estelle said...

Oh Aimee, what an enlightened comment on new paths... This is good stuff, my friend! Happy Monday!

●• Tiny Red said...

subtracting and adding... i guess it prevents cluttering of any sort :)
have a lovely week sweetie!

ArtSparker said...

I so enjoy your expansion of two dimensions...the path around the sort of speech ballon, or abyss of uncertainty.

soulbrush said...

i enjoy your words, they always have such a deeper meaning for me.

S.E.Minegar said...

Great post. I really like the lines "the fear of being eaten by old mistakes. the inability to discard outdated expectations." I think we are all haunted by the could have beens and should have beens. Tough stuff to let go.

Asja said...

wonderful piece! i really enjoyed reading it. i have a friend who is a feng shui teacher and always tells me if i want something new to come to my life, first i have to get reed of something old that i don't longer need :)

steve said...

Yeah, this is a tough question, and usually moving forward requires a few steps back. I really like how you expressed this here Aimee, and best of luck with whatever path(s) you choose to take!

Miss Aimee said...

I can totally agree with this!

~Barb~ said...

Believe it or not, I totally get what you're saying...I am the same way. Awesome page!
Peace & Love,
♥ Barb ♥

Nina Crittenden said...

Not unlike making a huge mess in order to get organized. I get it!

Valerie Lorimer said...

Oh Aimee! This is most wonderful! And so, so true. If we could only jump head first into the future without looking at the past. Thanks for visiting my site! I'm honored to be added to your "inspired by" list.

Annie Pazoo said...

One of my favorite so far! :-)

Anairam said...

Subtracting before adding - a good way to achieve balance I think. What are you going to add. and what will you subtract? PS I love your words, apart from the fact that they are so beautifully written, they always make me think!

Kelly C. said...

****))))))) LOVE it!!!! you have such a way with words.... i'm prone to holding onto those outdated expectations, myself.

cindy : quaint said...

i am so with you on this right now! i love how you put it, aimee. 'they' say that the worries we have about something new are often unfounded and in the end we realize we should have made the change long ago and it was for the best. i wish i could live that way ... i'm a compulsive 'what if' thinker.

Bella Sinclair said...

HaHA! Is this New Math? No, it's Art Math. :D So fantastic, all cluttered with thoughts, just like my head when I see a math equation. I loved looking at all the feet, bird feet included!

~Valentina~ said...

You’re a genius ;) Subtracting before adding… THAT is what I have been trying to do as a new year resolution. *LOVE* the page!

painted fish studio said...

you are so dang cool, aimee! just love what you come up with...

Ces said...

It's mental and emotional math, haha! However, I find myself agreeing with your equation, especially when applied to dysfunctional relationships. I add and subtract all the time: add new adventures that promote growth without tearing my insides out and without forcing me to discard my core values and making me lose my peace of mind, values that soothe, comfort and define who I am, making me a more giving and loving person. Then I subtract experiences and relationships characterized by weird and odd routines, mental anguish and torture, dysfunctional behaviour; a relationship that presents itself in a charming package but once opened emits acid that burns one's skin until it rots the soul.

Oh yes, I passed math with flying colors, only because I wanted a finals exemption but you may sensed that, I loved creative writing. Haha!

Oh the blogs!

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

You get me every time! Just spot-on. And you use the word opine........dig it!

DesigningFairy said...

oh, such fun and lovely work.

Amanda said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! It absolutely resonates with me too... I'm loving where you are going!

Aris Moore said...

well put Aimee! You say it well and it looks real good too! I'd say you are doing well if you are thinking this clearly! you may even be able to walk neatly backwards!

Susan Faye said...

So happy to have discovered your beautiful work!

jess gonacha said...

you are a wise one, dear aimee. i think you're so right about the past influencing how we move forward. something to think about for sure!

Megan Coyle said...

I agree, this is so true. I seem to subtract before I can add anything.

Christy said...

♥ it!

Esti said...

Sometimes I wish I could stop adding... :)

Shannon said...

WoW! I'm happy to have found you. Thanks for sharing your amazing artwork. I'm an artsy-mama of a 14 month old and live in KC. Love to "meet" other creative mommy's and Lawrence is my favorite town.

I've started a community blog for creative women. Let me know if you'd ever be interested in posting on it sometime...

http://artistbabes.blogspot.com/

•MaRCe said...

Beautifully done and expresed!
Couldnt agree more...
I think sometimes we refuse to subtract or let go of some things, we tend to keep them locked inside out of fear that if we allow them to escape, they`ll come back eventually to strike us back... mmm... guess I might need to do some drawings about that any time soon ;)

anja said...

dear aimee,
i just found your blog and it makes me very happy as it reminds me of the things i love to do and often forget to do.waht a nice spring present,i`ll be sure to come back again!
best from berlin, anja

Shani said...

Oh really, truly, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!! Not only brillantly executed (I repeat you do fantastic lettering), but so very, very true what you said.

get zapped said...

Excellent inquiry and expression of overcoming fear. I much appreciate your sharing this with us. Inspiring!

Jim Rowland Creations said...

Have join with evrybody here - as well as being a wonderful composition, it's full of elegant clutter and randomness. I love it!

aimee said...

you all amaze me! thank you so much for the kind words and for making me feel good about my mental malfunctions ;)

cartoongoddess said...

I've been eaten by old mistakes, but I'm coming back. Thanks for posting this!

peggyfussell said...

Perfect, just perfect.