Welcome to our "show and tell" day where you are invited to share your responses to the prompts in Chapter 5 of Inner Excavation.
As I explain in the video below, I simply did not have time to work with the prompts in Chapter 5. Instead, I went deep into my digsite and looked at work I've done in the past. I spent time looking through all the photos + words in my What Is Real photo series. I explain my reaction to this in the video. I also talk about a mixed-media painting I did this spring that feels very much like a self-portrait.
Notes from the video:
I read the poem "Shedding Skin" by Harryette Miller from the collection What Have You Lost? edited by Naomi Shihab Nye. (I highly recommend this book, especially if you are new to poetry.)
I talk about my friend Mindy Lacefield. I love her work, and I've been lucky to take a painting class with her twice so I highly recommend her as a teacher. (Her highly praised ecourse "Paint Your Story" is now available as a self-paced class. Check it out.)
I also mention my friend artist Nina Bagley. When I saw her "Nest Builder" necklace at Artfest in 2011, I knew it was meant to be mine as I had been seeking for the right phrase to express this for months as I kept thinking about this image of me building nests (as I explain in the video). Her necklaces are often talismans for my journey.
In the comments: Please share any links to your Inner Excavate-along blog posts and Flickr photos that share responses to prompts from Chapter 5 of the book (or you can share links to Chapters 1-4 inspired posts). And, note that comments with links sometimes get caught in the spam filter of my website. If you don't see your post right away, it probably means it is just caught in this filter, and I will get it posted as soon as possible.
The community that is building over on Flickr is simply beautiful and real. Thank you for continuing to share your stories and photos and poems. I haven't been commenting as much as I like as I continue to let this sore wrist of mine rest. But I have been looking at every single photo you are sharing and soaking up so much. Thank you.
And again, I invite you to let go of any feelings of being behind or that you aren't "doing enough" when it comes to this experience. Soak up the inspiration and the community and keep working at your pace. All of the prompts will be waiting for you whenever you are ready.
Update: The Inner Excavate-along was a free read-along on my blog in the summer of 2012. All the posts are here on the blog, but I'm not directing a group through it with newsletters etc. at this time. I hope you enjoy following along! Find out more about my book, Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media, here.