Thursday, November 8, 2012

new painting, findings, studio notes

the days are flying by this gray season,
yet not without leaving a mark.

it has been a week of:

- painting, drawing, gluing, stitching, burning
8 paintings at once
- wearing big cozy sweaters
- finishing a novel in 24 hours
- adding whiskey to my tea
- hunting for treasure at the resale shop
(is there anything more wonderful than
digging up unique luxuries for under $10?)
- reflecting, journaling, dreaming & scheming
- making visual studio notes mapping out work in progress
(directly on the canvas,
using materials and tools rather than words)
- simplifying my closet
leaving only things i love wearing and wear to death
- ruthlessly slashing at the shoulds in my schedule
leaving only essential and life giving items

a season of no compromises. no half measures.
no kind of sort ofs.
only full-hearted work
and full-hearted rest.
savoring the luxury of simplicity.

cashmere sweater, rabbit fur scarf, 2 pairs antique leather gloves, vintage dress patterns - lovely lovely resale shop finds

like tissue paper but 1000 times better

visual notes for works in progress

 i leave you with a sparkle of rumi via
ode 314:

those who don't feel this love
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change,
let them sleep.

this love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
if you want to improve your mind that way,

sleep on.

i've given up on my brain.
i've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

if you're not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,

and sleep.

the ethereal quality of tea filters atop of black


  1. I want to comment, but can't quite find the words to express just how moving this post is. You continue to amaze me.

    1. words or now words, your presence alone encourages and strengthens! thank you for your continued support, jennifer!

  2. How beautiful in words and visuals, you inspire me! And of course Rumi's words are just the icing on the cake!

    1. thank you, foxysue! rumi's words are always the icing on the cake. perhaps i've found the formula for successful blogging: always end with rumi's words. ;)

  3. Beautiful post, dear Anca.
    Here's to another wonderful week!

    1. and a lovely lovely one to you, carole! thank you for stopping by!

  4. I'm such a fan of your work Anca, stunning!!! and you engage in one of my passions, thrifting! treasure hunting in today's world xo

    1. jeane, you humble me! i am grateful for your visit and kind words, now off to see what you've been up to and your newest gorgeously layered and luminous work. cheers to treasure hunting!

  5. Anca, these are beautiful words and you evoke some wonderful emotions.

    1. suzie, your kind words are music to my ears! thank you for the encouragement! have a lovely week!

  6. Words and images to feast on! Beauty everywhere.