Thursday, May 1, 2014

Using My Words ~ Photo Art Friday May 2014

I write a LOT. Perhaps I even write too much. 

I wonder if there is a program for this?!

I canNOT imagine how I did NOT always write like this, but realising that lets me understand some other stuff.

Writing is very healing. And clarifying.

And as much as I love it when my writing touches someone or resonates with others, I have to say that I don't DO it for that.

NOT at all.

Although, I DO sometimes have one of my "regular" readers in my heart or mind when I write.

I suppose it is the connection piece [peace?!] of writing.

Or something.

And so it is with that springboard that I approached this month's Photo Art Friday

I am a collage artist, or at least that is what I used to think, and when I first tried my hand at Digital Fiddling, pretty much the coolest [and only] thing I understood was Picasa's collage feature.

So I left this month's theme for "last minute," even though Bonnie was so encouraging about working on it throughout April.

April kind of got swallowed whole for me. I was diagnosed with lung cancer and all I seemed to have got done was to keep "following the bouncing ball" of tests and procedures and doctor visits. 

As May dawns I realise that the more Life changes the MORE Life changes. All I am EVER DOing is following the "bouncing ball."

Things look good Now. I had a long afternoon yesterday with a radiation oncologist. It is pretty awesome what he is able to DO with "digital fiddling" of another sort.

Anyway... the photo art. 

Every morning I get up BEfore the sun and write for a few hours. I make a piece of digitally fiddled art. I share a small bit of my writing and my digital fiddling on my Gratitude blog, I Love You, Currie

These little bits of art are made from photos, drawings, collages, mail art, paintings, and sometimes nothing more than words on a background or texture. Whatever they are in the World, they are my intention to give back what I have been so freely and generously given.

For a long long while Now I have been DOing one word and building my posts around that. It is fun. It is like a game. It is like eating M&M's. Even at that morning of the hour!!

I have always loved the encouragement, Use Your Words. It's probably something that I was NOT encouraged to DO so much, but... ;~D

When I was fiddling about earlier, wondering what to DO for Photo Art Friday, I considered digging up some of my old photo collages and tweaking them with the things I know to DO Now that I didn't know to DO BEfore.

But I got sidetracked DOing my April backup and started to get another idea from my April posts.

I should USE MY WORDS!!

And so, here, without fanfare, a selection of my words from April's Gratitude in a collage. 

I tried it a few different ways. It was really fun. I could have gone on. [and I probably will, once the merry-go-round stops]



Terrie said...

I keep meaning to write you about your health issues and getting side tracked. I'm so sorry to hear - it's never a good diagnosis but this post makes it sound like maybe you've had some good news. Hope that's the case and that the merry-go-round of tests can stop.

I really like this digi-fiddling! Good words (you always have those!) and interesting treatment. I particularly like the first, more monochromatic one as it seems to fit with the words. Beautiful work all round.

Take care and stay as positive as you can. Your morning routine sounds relaxing and positive and surely starts your day off the right way.

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

How important and meaningful - this collage of images and words that arise from your heart right now. What an honor that you share them with us at this time of your diagnosis with lung cancer. Phew!

Interesting that digital work can/may help you on many levels! Who'd a thunk it that you would be dealing with digital images of such a serious sort.

Your upbeat attitude is simply inspiring. I know there have to be times of confusion and despair. Know you are valued and appreciated here.

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Oh ... got carried away and forgot to tell you that I love the dynamic and vibrant middle image. Beautiful.

Kim Stevens said...

Oh Currie, I'm so sorry to hear of your diagnosis - I will be praying for you!! xo

And your collage art is so very you - words, and art and collage..and I love it!

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

I am speechless ... Your collages are so up and bright and happy and meaningful and yet you are confronting one of your most difficult battles. There are no words to describe your courage ... I feel confident that you will come through this and have gained new perspectives which you will share with us ... but I am so sorry that this is how you must learn ... it seems cruel and yet I know you have inner strength. Be strong, Currie. Keep us posted and we will keep you in our thoughts.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Karen Isaacson said...

sending love and healing thoughts your way. May you continue to find comfort in your beautiful art and words.

Rita said...

Sounds like good news? I sure hope so.
I like the deep vibrant colors in the middle one. :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous use of typography!
I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but praying your doctors will soon have you on the path to wellness.

Joyce said...

love what you've done here, i like the first one the most, but all are great, thanks for sharing

Katarina said...

I like all three! A lot! And I do hope you'll get that cancer sorted out.

Ida said...

Oh my gosh I am truly sorry about your diagnosis but I am praying that you've caught things in time and that your treatments will go well for you.
I really liked what you did with this piece. The colored ones are very pretty but my actual favorite was the first one. It made your "words" stand out more in my opinion. Words are important and I think you did a great job with this piece.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea of using words for the collage. Yours are wonderful and like how you did this. :)

abrianna said...

I like your ideas and all your collages are wonderful.

Sorry you have lung cancer-I watched my mother go through that so I know a bit of what that is like. Glad you appear on the mend.

NatureFootstep said...

how fun! I have to try that sometime. :)

Miriam said...

You are amazing Currie! I just love the first picture. I will keep you in my prayers. Did you know, think, or suspect this diagnosis? is that why you moved? You have such courage x