Sunday, January 2, 2011

Starting the year with Clarissa Pinkola Estes

During 2009 I read Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ book ‘Women Who Run With The Wolves.’ I found her writing stunning, incredibly insightful and confronting. Her words and the stories she shared resonated deeply. I have just started reading it again. I often need to remind myself and relearn the lessons contained in her book, a book that holds such old wisdom.

I have been wanting to do some paper cut outs for awhile now so I gave it a shot last night. I did a cut out of a tree, a symbol of strength and renewal. While I lived in Canberra I witnessed the striking changes of the seasons, particularly the change from Autumn to Winter. It was the first time I realised that there was great beauty rather than sadness in a tree that now stood naked and stripped down to its bare branches.

I learnt a valuable lesson- what is inherent in nature is also inherent in life. Just as in nature, in life things will change and die off but they will also grow stronger during that period and will return in new and wonderful ways. The image of the naked tree is a reminder for me that life is about seasons and there is strength to be found in times that appear harsh and soul stripping.  

page cut out

tree cut out

Today I decided to do something with the tree cut out and inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estes I played around and this was my final piece;

clarissa's tree

The words around the tree are a quote from ‘Women Who Run With The Wolves’. It says

‘The wild nature has a vast integrity to it. The wild nature carries with it the bundles for healing; she carries everything a woman needs to be and know. She is both vehicle and destination.’

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed your new year celebrations. I wish you all the best for 2011 and look forward to seeing all your creative endeavours.

Each year I aim to read a book a week and I was excited that this year I managed to exceed my quota and read some fantastic pieces of writing.

These were some of my favourites;

Breath by Tim Winton

Absurdistan  by Eric Campbell

The Orchid by Drusilla Modjeska

My Place by Sally Morgan

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hoessini 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Down Under by Bill Bryson

Millenium Triology by Stieg Larsson

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

Sometimes Hearts Have To Break by Petrea King

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

War Child by Emmanuel Jal

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Books 2011

I am looking forward to what books this year holds, particular those books on my ‘to read’ list especially 1984 by George Orwell, Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. What will you be reading in 2011?