I received an e-mail from Robyn Gordon her blog: Art Propelled and her art are a deep source of inspiration and 'awe' for me. There are times when someone reaches out and it is just at the time a 'lifesaver' is needed. I was needing a 'hand' when Robyn's kind e-mail arrived letting me know that she too had addressed dealing with arthritis.
Look at one of Robyn's amazing Niche Carvings:
Here is a stunning Tribal Door that she carved:
I encourage you to look at both her website (attached to her name above) and her blog.
I am a bit embarrassed to share the art I made for myself to remind me how important words of kindness are and yet here is my work sparked by Robyn titled: Inspired by Kindness
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which
have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia
These are some pages from one of my art journals. This is a new approach for me inspired by
Matisse who described his paper cut out process as "drawing with scissors" explaining: "Paper cutouts allow me to draw in color, I see it as a simplification. Instead of drawing the contour and putting color into it--one modifying the other--I draw directly in color."
I used loose watercolors in the background and then cut out past drawings and glued them on. This was wonderfully fun!