being birthed

May 5, 2010

I'm working on a new book cover and am rather intrigued by it. And a bit mystified. I just started making these in January, so they are still rather new. The whole series has felt like something fresh to me...like a slightly different voice is emerging. On this particular one, I started out with a piece of sheet music, partly because I am partial to music, and partly because people have previously asked for it. But at this point, the designs I have been making on top of the music have almost completely covered up the notes! There are still a few peeking through, which I will leave. But it looks completely different from how I thought it would. And I'm just watching it come out, not sure what to make of it. But I think that's part of what I'm learning with my art. To hold it openly and not try to put too many constraints on it. When something is trying to birth itself, the last thing you want to do is clamp it down somehow. And there are so many ways to clamp...preconceived ideas, notions of good and bad, external expectations, internal ones, shoulds, should nots, etc. So, as I clear my mind of any such baggage, the art is then free to come out the way it needs to. That's what makes it so interesting to watch, 'cause I'm not really sure what's going to happen next or how it will resolve. Even though I'm obviously participating in the creation, there is a part of me that is just an interested observer. I find that being open and practicing not judging is really helpful in this process. And actually, now that I think about it, kind of a reflection of the way I want to approach life.

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