Reaching Out and Reaching In

We were talking about art as a lifestyle, as a way of processing the world—both inside and out. For me, art comes out of pace, out of observing, out of reflection. It comes from an inner spaciousness and surplus. It is overflow. It is pouring out. It is release.
If I am in a season of caution, self-protection, or even fear, art may come as a whisper, as a secret conversation between me and my soul. Those seasons are quiet.
Other seasons are a reaching out, a connecting, to make both my life and yours more bearable, full of joy, wonder, energy, excitement. So all our souls can grow.

Moss and Marsh

Mixing moss and marsh and sky into abstract landscapes. Not sure if it evokes "coastal" quite yet, but when I look at this place from my insides this is what I see.

Sneak Peak at Issue 2 -- Nowful

Just a little bit of the goodness in Issue 2. The theme is "nowful" -- bringing us into the present moment as a place of Divine encounter.

We've got a few copies left if anyone wants to purchase a single issue. Holler at me!

Art and Mental Health

An important convo with the iCreateDaily ladies where we talk about the role of core values in our creative expression. We also look at the role of creating in fostering mental well-being. Lots of good stuff in here, y’all. They brought it out of me.

Anger?

What do you do with your anger?

Two of my most resonant pieces developed from overwhelming anger. I can vividly call to mind the moments when painting these; they are wrapped in thoughts and questions and concerns about the world we live in.

As I painted, I had no plan, and certainly no idea that works so beautiful and bold would result, but…here they are.

Palette

The palette tells the truth: 1) It's always about color. 2) I rarely clean anything but the brushes.

Integrated Creativity?

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What are you integrating through creativity?

The integration I'd been searching for came with Analogue. The words, art, sketches, and soul—all in one. I'm learning that this project is as much about me mapping my inner soulscape, as it is about inviting others on this journey. Connecting my soul with yours, as it should be.

>>> “Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being…” Brene Brown 

(Photo via Sally Hobby)

Winter Blooms

Flowers are blooming again at the studio.

Analogue on Creative Mama Podcast!

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Analogue has made its way into the podcast world!

The Creative Mama Podcast artfully combines the responsibility of parenthood with the thrill of creative expression. This show is for anyone looking to breathe a little excitement into their everyday routine.

In Episode 22, Abbi takes us through her process for selecting her One Word for 2019, and includes how Analogue’s first issue was a part of that process!

Learn more at: zasinzebra.com/podcast

Love your Limitations

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For the past week, I’ve attempted to live in too many worlds—the paint and podcasts of my studio world, the domestic duties of my family world, and the scanning and sketching that comes with the Analogue world. Pile on top of that a micro-obsession over edible plants living in my yard, and a newfound paper-mentor in Parker Palmer, and my inner landscape has been saturated, flooded by so many sources at once.

I cannot. There is only so much of me to go around.

So I am shifting my focus, pulling in to what is required of me right now. I’m deep-diving into the journal pages of last spring, to complete the pages and prompts and illustrations of Issue 2. And I’m immersing my mornings in that world until the draft is strong enough to be reviewed by other eyes.

I’m choosing to settle into my limitations, seeing this need for focus for what it is: an invitation to immerse my attention in something. And my attention will hold. There will be fresh ideas in the pickup line. I will keep my journal on hand when stirring tonight’s meal. And more will come to me before bedtime. This is how I do my best work, and I’m learning to lean into it rather than run away.

We are who we are, y’all. And we can only do what we can do. When we learn to love these limitations, our life becomes our own.