contemporary collage paintings
the process
Leslie Avon Miller

My life flows when I'm in my art.

Jean De Muzio

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Just A Weird Kindergartner!

I learned that you should feel when writing, 
not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, 
but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten 
– happy, absorbed 
and quietly putting one bead on after another.

~Brenda Ueland

Returning to the studio after a long absence,
I found all kinds of art in process. 
Some of it was well under way and I really liked it. 

Some, well not so much. 

I also found I was a tad bored with black and white 
and wanted to try something different. 

Circling around reddish tones yet again, I began. 

Colors, brush, water, paper. 

Time to get in sync with my own weirdness. 

Stringing beads. 

Thoughts accompanied me. 

So weird, I thought. 

I’m so weird.

It was a happy weird.


I simply kept on with brush, water, color. 

Stringing those happy beads.

In the end, Brenda said it so well. 
The best of times in the studio are when 
I am a happy weird kindergartner, 
absorbed in stringing my beads 
and letting it happen as it will.

What kind of beads are you stringing in your studio?