Wednesday, October 5, 2011


October 6, 2010 proved to be one of the most memorable birthdays of my life for several reasons.  First, it marked the end of a project I had started on my 59th and second, it marked the end of my loving sister's life.  

I was so proud that I would be completing the 365 Talking Heads project; creating one clay head a day for one full year starting on my 59th birthday and ending on my 60th.  I was suppose to be in the South of France on that birthday, celebrating the beginning of a new decade and a new creative outlet.  Instead, I found myself at my sister's bedside as she gracefully passed from the living into the unknown.  She died on October 9, 2010.  I still miss her.

It's been a difficult year.  Yet, in spite of the trauma of losing my sister AND my mother within three months of each other, I feel the loss has brought me closer to finding my creative self in ways I never expected.

As October 6, 2011 approaches, I feel compelled to begin yet another project; picking up where I left off with the original 365 Talking Heads.  I miss the daily practice.  I miss creating the clay heads that seem to speak to me through my subconscious; providing me with food for thought and challenging me to stay true to the daily, creative meditation.  

My dreams have often proven to be the guiding light as I navigated through the emotional roller coaster of events this past year.  I've been fortunate to have had dreams of both my mother and my sister; an unexpected gift.  As a result, I am fascinated with the effect dreams may have on my daily life and often wonder how they influence my creativity.  Hence, my next project.

On October 6, 2011, I'll begin the process of recording the essence of my nightly dreams.  Not necessarily the dream itself, but the images and feelings I have upon waking.  I'll move from that to creating a "sleeping" face out of polymer clay and, as I did from 2009 - 2010, let it "speak its truth" to me.  What does it mean?  I have no idea!  How will it unfold?  I'm stumped!  But as usual, I'm sure the journey will be more than I could have ever bargained for!

I hope you'll join me for the next adventure; 365 Talking Heads; The Dreaming Muse Series

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are, as always, a true inspiration. You channel energy brought to you through immense grief into an immense gift. That gift you translate, mirror back & radiate to the world around you; now graced with your essence of peace and serenity. Thank you for sharing your journey, and for reminding me how precious is that thing called Attitude.

Can’t wait to see the heads start sprouting!

Janelle from Sander Groves