I have a long term project that I am about to begin for a friend. It will be a series of 36 inch, soft sculpture dolls that will be created over the next several months. After talking to my friend and working out the beginning details I am intrigued and excited to be a part of this creative adventure. One of the special requests that my client had was to begin each new art project on a new moon. I have never had that request asked of me before but I agreed. I looked into information about the new moon's creative energy and read that it is potent and useful for projects that require you to tap into your emotions and subconscious thoughts where the best art is made. It is a time to fuel intuition and connect to your body. This creative period is at its strongest from the three days before the new moon through the three days after the new moon. The next new moon will be March 1st and the creative cycle begins on February 26th and ends on March 4th.
I have always loved and been fascinated by the moon and it has been a key part of a lot of the artwork I've done in the past. One of my favorite things to do is to watch the sky in the evening especially when the moon is full. I lived in the South Bay Area for most of my life and moved to Sacramento about six years ago. There is so much more flat land here with views unobstructed by buildings, trees or hills and the moon seems so much larger and closer. When I'm restless or troubled or trying to work out a problem, I spend a few minutes watching the moon, I have a good view from the window in my room. It always settles and calms me and refreshes my thoughts.
If any of you have had a creative block in your art, business or problem solving lately try approaching it again tomorrow, February 26h on the next new moon cycle.
Stay tuned for my next post. I'll share with you my latest dolls. I created 9 new dolls inspired by the Cirque du Soleil silk acrobats. Any of you who were kind enough and patient enough over the last few months to listen to my story about my car being broken into and 30 of my dolls being 'kidnapped' before Christmas. I had just done a holiday faire a few days before and hadn't had the energy to get my bag up my stairs. After four years of living in my apartment complex without a single incident and I left stuff in my car for months at a time, my luck finally ran out. I grieved about my lost dolls for a few days and then prayed that they were in a good home with someone who would love them and take care of them. My promise to myself was to make 30 new dolls to replace my lost ones although I can never duplicate them. More about my Sky Dancers in my next post.
I was so glad to meet new people and see old and new faces at the Brickhouse Holiday Faire, the Third Annual Sisters Quilting Collective Quilt Exhibit and Sisters Quilting Collective's Day at the Crocker Art Museum. I will be sending out information about new doll making classes for this spring and summer soon. Thank you for signing my book and coming by to say hi.