I started working in my sketchbook today on the TIF challenge. I listed the qualities that I admire in others. I had put a wash of red watercolor on the page last night just so I wouldn’t feel nervous about a blank page. I put in some of the symbols that I had researched on the web for the various qualities.
I then took the symbolism of colors that I had found and wrote the words in the correct colors. At the bottom of the page is a sketch of a pink rose which stands for admiration. But nothing was really creating any sparks for me.
I tried a little sketch of a combination of symbols in a human figure sort of form. My admirable woman – but again, I was unimpressed.
Then I did some doodling of the various symbols. I kind of like the stylized hearts for passion. And I do admire people who are passionate about their life and what they do. I’ve always felt that was lacking in my life but perhaps I can now say I’m passionate about fiber art. While I was doodling, I thought of celtic symbolism. I’ve always admired celtic art, music and culture. So I did a bit more research online. Most of the celtic symbols don’t have specific meanings because the Druids didn’t believe in recording sacred things on paper. But that somehow doesn’t bother me too much. The general meanings will still work for me.
The 3 headed spiral is for female power through transition and growth. The celtic knot represents eternity – the eternity of life, the eternity of nature and the eternity of love. It can also mean the connection of mind, body and spirit. So I think I can go somewhere with celtic symbolism. I’ve got several ideas growing from this. I’m happy with how this process worked. I think from now on I’ll call my sketchbook an “Idea” book. It’s less intimidating that way and I don’t feel it needs to look perfect. It’s late, so more later.