Week 18 of Journal 52 asked us to be inspired by purple in honor of Prince. It’s not that I didn’t really like Prince or think that he didn’t deserve honors, but I felt awkward about it and it was a block. I honestly felt the same way when the prompt was about Bowie. I did it, but it felt weird; it wasn’t me.
I like to honor myself in my art. It is something that I do solely for me and if others enjoy it, that is a bonus. I put it out there as an extension of myself. No expectations.
Anyway, I was stuck. For many weeks. I quit doing Journal 52’s entirely as I was so stuck. It became this thing larger than it ever should have been.
Purple is the Color of My Existential Dilemma.
Since we returned from our Mid-West Road Trip, I have been down. I have been upset by work things and it has emotionally drained me. I haven’t done anything for myself other than my weekly walk. I just wanted to sleep.
With A.D.’s pressure though (thankyouthankyouthankyou), I took this long weekend to re-assess my position and self-care. Here are the things that keep me healthy and happy:
- working out
- artistic expression
- engaging with family and friends
Guess how many of the above were neglected in the past two weeks: all of them. No wonder I felt drained.
Apparently purple is the color of my existential dilemma.
I Love Purple Tomatoes.
So, as I often do when I’m super-stuck, I went to the internet and typed, ‘Purple Quotes’, and found this one by a woman named Helen Fisher. Now, I had not a clue who she was, but the quote got me thinking and turns out she is a pretty neat lady. Check out the link after you finish reading here 😉
I drew my favorite tomato, the Cherokee Purple. I added Helen Fisher’s quote, ‘When people tell you to walk a certain way, it’s like not thinking of a purple tomato. You can’t not do it.’
I couldn’t not do it and I love purple tomatoes.