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I’ve been pretty busy, but not too busy to think about Life With Light.  In fact, I guess I’ve partly been busy because so much of my attention has turned to this “life with light.”    Sometimes the days just seem to slip away…and the day becomes more like an inhabited friendly oasis rather than the harsh desert island I’ve been accustomed to in the past.

My Friendly Oasis on Wednesday

This week me and one of my best friends began a woodworking/building project together!  You can see there are 2 sanding blocks there.  We “turned our doing dials up a notch” ala Home Depot, lol.  My friend gave me that line 🙂  She always makes me laugh.  She’s the kind of friend I can laugh with and cry with in the same day…or even within the same minute.  I count myself pretty lucky, fortunate, blessed… (take your mix n’ match of the assortment,) to have her in my life.  We’ve known each other since we were kids…have been in each other’s weddings…that kind of friends.   We’ve been through a lot together, even during times we were apart, often living sort of seemingly parallel lives.

So I have this to share…a great big burst of light in my my life if you ask me!

This week we bonded over the cut-off saw in my garage…

We got as far as sanding and painting these boards which I was pretty proud of!  I’m hoping to work on the completion sometime this weekend.  The weather outside looks good, so as long as the weather indoors stays as calm then I will hopefully have a storage cart on wheels by the time Monday rolls around…complete with victory pics to share!  (Crossing fingers, toes, and a few hairs.)

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If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll probably remember me talking about my euphoric discovery of Instagram  and my reformation of the repugnance I once had for digital photography.  You won’t believe what I’ve uncovered now!   I am forever humbled.  My former repugnance is regrettable.

Another thing that has had me busy this week is this!

The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity

And!

iPhone Obsessed: Photo Editing Experiments with Apps

And I was even more humbled when I learned there are even people who consider themselves to be  iPhoneography Purists!?  iPhone purists!  I never knew!

I am SO SLOW.

My husband laughed at me because he tried to get me into digital when we were dating, but I would have nothing of it.  I’m too embarrassed to even admit to the things I said about “lowly digital.” LOL.  And now I’m begging him to go to Photoshop World with me!  I have had to swallow some pretty big words and eat a lot of humble pie.

I haven’t actually even had the chance to experiment with any new apps.  I was thinking Instagram was the schizz, but I guess there’s more out there to explore. haha.

It’s a bit hard to not have all the time in the world to traverse all these extraordinary ventures.   These discoveries have  kept my mind going at a good speed, which is necessary because I apparently I have a lot of catching up to do.  But when it comes to all this newfangled stuff  I have to approach my discoveries more as a section-hike and not a thru-hike for now…(hiker lingo)  Oh…and just to think of all the photos that could be unearthed on this hike!

I cannot wait to dig into digital and see how I can pal around with it in the area of art therapy!

Patience will be a personal challenge on this one.

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And an update on the rest of life…well, what is the rest of life anyway?

What if the rest of life was just like all the above…happy to be alive?

What if…something to think about.

And maybe something to feel.

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This is my first sort of art doll.  She started out as a Santos Cage Doll, and I guess she still is, if I had to “classify” her.  I’m not really sure about what the proper terms are for different types of dolls.  I just know I really enjoyed working on/with her.  I have Jennifer Rizzo to thank for the inspiration and tutorial on getting started with doll making and meeting this chicha.  I really admire all the amazing women artists I am finding and meeting (without actually meeting?) on the web!  Thank you for being a part of my journey and being a part in opening up my world!

I feel like I have a companionship with this “doll” who is now more like a friend-like part of me.  I look forward to more art doll friendships in my future.

This girl/woman/doll is saying “Yes” because that’s what she wanted to say! : )  Really, she chose what she wanted to say, not me!  Of course, in the space of working with her I thought I came up with some really great things she could say like, “Begin” or “Can” or “Muse” or “On The Path”, but instead she chose to dialogue with me and answer those propositions with “YES”.  And also, I’m pretty sure she’s saying “Yes” to something higher order I am, perhaps, not in on so much yet.   So thank you!  Thank you for being my Yes Woman!  I shall need you forever by my side.

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Aesthetic elements are secondary to my purposes when it comes to the creations that appear in my self-directed art therapy undertakings, but I still want to challenge my aesthetic growth.  I’m debating on finding a hair solution for this doll. I am considering leaving her with only the “painted on” hair, but a part of me wants to experiment with maybe some twine hair/wig.  Or maybe a hat or headpiece she might want to wear.  But honestly, earlier today I found this little plastic ballerina figurine and  for some reason the ballerina was really screaming out to me that she wanted to find her dancing home/stage on Yes Girl’s head!

So, Yes Girl is still a work in progress  (much like me!) and I’m not completely satisfied or feeling completion yet with the bottom part of this doll either.  Also, there has been a steep learning curve on this doll, so there are several aspects I want to contemplate and play around with on future art doll projects.  I have a lot of logistics to figure out with doll making and assemblage and such…loving the problem solving aspect a ton!

All said, I know that Yes Girl will help get me through the emotional and practical process of things to come and the long haul of healing!

Of course!  How can she not help.   She’s my answer to everything, right?!  ; )

PS.  I thought I was going to be able to use my new-to-me Dremel today on the YES sign, but resorted to some self-powered tin snips…maybe tomorrow!

Mary and Max.  I might be the last person on the face of this planet to watch this film,  seeing as how there are 1,250,000 views on YouTube of  its original trailer (and at least two handfuls of awards!).  But for the chance that I’m not the last one, I’m compelled to share about it here. [And if you haven’t seen it, then I am sure you are not the last one either.  But you might want to look this one up to be sure you don’t become that person!]

Ok, so I really liked it.  I’m not a great reviewer, but I am fantastic at exclaiming, “You must see this!”     I have to admit that I didn’t see a few parts because I had to run out of the room for other things a few times, but the film was so good that I plan on watching the whole thing again just to catch the small bits I missed.  There is also the chance that I’m adoring  Mary and Max so much because they got me/my life so well in certain ways.  So if you watch it and don’t like it, don’t blame me.  You’ve been informed.  And me/my life is not always completely normal. ; )    Make of it what you will!

As a disclaimer I would say this is an animation I would definitely reserve for adult, or at least mature teen viewers. It’s not exactly one to pop in for the kids on Saturday morning cartoon fest. ; )

FYI: I watched Mary and Max on Netflix, so if you have access to their  instant streaming movies you’re in luck!

I’d love to hear if you’ve already seen this, or if you haven’t… what you thought about it after you’ve had the chance!