Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Unexpected



Most of the time when I walk in the door, from work,
I don't go straight to my PaperPumpkin Room,
grab my journal, and get started.
Immediately.

Today, however, after a 10-hour teaching day
 with 8 minutes for a snack and 22 minutes to eat lunch,
followed by an hour long meeting,
after a crazy day with "issues",

my mind needed, NEEDED my journal,
my space,
my release,
and I only thought of circles.


My busy thoughts were spinning in circles.
My views on changes in education 
always go back to cycles.

So, I stamped circles inside of circles, inside of a circle...
and then just felt compelled
to write in a spiraling circle

and 

it straightened out my cluttered head
and led me, unexpectedly, to a focal point
of realization.

~k

19 comments:

Mary said...

Oh how I love this!
Praying you cal relax this evening.

Createology said...

Art is such a wonderful gift. A true stress reliever. A way to clear our thoughts and recharge our souls. We used to write in circles and other shapes long ago in much younger years. Your circles and writing are wonderful. May you have peace and rest dear...

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Oh! How I love the way this turned out!! I'm so glad you Art Journal Kathy, your work is really beautiful and authentic. ♥

Tracy said...

Oh, Kathy, so glad you have a quiet space to unwind. I find circles so soothing and these are so neat :)

laundrygirl said...

This is beautiful. I hope the realization takes you along a new path. What a day huh?

TiaraHelen said...

Art as therapy, it's what keeps me in this obsessive, messy, beautiful world of paper!

Glad it "straightened" some stuff out for you...

Nancy said...

Isn't it amazing how our art can relax us and bring insights at the same time...I do hope you can get some rest soon....

I love this circle of your thoughts...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments..They meant so much to me...

denthe said...

Oh, isn't it great how art can help you see things clearer again!? Love what you did with this page, and I bet when you see this page in years to come, you'll still remember that feeling ....

Mila said...

Woww is perfect, beautiful your relaxin. Hugs from Spain

Vickie said...

Beautiful way your mind unwound! Simple and complex at the same time!

Lynn Fisher said...

Your words with your journal page...perfect!
I have so many friends in teaching that are feeling frustrated. Take heart spring, or something like it, is almost here.
XXO
Lynn

aimee said...

gorgeous page, Kathy! I love seeing words in circles... it gives them such a never ending, cyclical feel.

Introverted Art said...

I know what you mean...sometimes I feel my brain can no longer take in anymore information...

Cathie said...

Hey, there. Coming over from Julie's blog to see this fabulous page. I love circles so it caught my eye right away. What a great way to unwind after a crazy day.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Beautiful energy to move out your day and create a meditation to feel better. I love the ideas of circles inside the larger circle, so life. xox

Jenny said...

The perfect page Kath for your spinning thoughts... love how you created it... and the story behind it... beautiful...

Jenny ♥

My name is Erika. said...

I know what you mean only too well, since as a teacher I have had those days too. In fact when I have one of those days, I just want to be home unloading in my journal and not at school.

Zena said...

Oh... I love this. I can relate to your words, my days teaching have been like yours lately.

Isn´t art a wonderful gift?

Shahrul Niza said...

WOW, this is truly unique. LOVE how looking at all the inner circles and the beautiful circling handwriting, I don't feel cluttered at all even when juxtaposed like that. SO grounding, like a mandala. Almost magical, like Alice looking glass. Hope you feel much better :). HUGS.