Every SPRING, as a drawer, painter, blogger, and long time member of the Atlanta Artist Conference Network (ACN), I re-examine my mission as an artist and CREATE a new vision for my work. Although I am currently taking a break from ACN, I have maintained the worthwhile work of establishing a VISION for 2013.
One's creative SOUL is a bit like a garden, so I have taken the liberty of using the spring cleaning at Mulberry Fields Community Garden to introduce a similar event occurring in the field of my heart and artwork.
The photos posted here in this blog entry represent the steps I followed in spring cleaning my VISION:
• Yes, first, there is the requisite WEEDING. What has grown that is no longer useful or needed? What needs to be extricated in order to allow new and surprising growth?
• Then there is the CLEANUP!
• The NURTURING!
• The PREPARATION of the soil!
• The PLANNING!
• Finding healthy PLANTS to grow!
• CELEBRATING the planting!
|WEEDING. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|MORE WEEDING. Lesly Fredman wrestles with mint roots deeply embedded amongst the raspberry bushes! My Chiboogamoo and I also spent some of the morning fighting with the mint roots! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|EVEN MORE WEEDING AND PREPARING. Community members can either take an entire plot of garden in half of one. Behind Jesse is someone putting finishing touches on the new area for composting! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|PLANNING THE PLOT. Matt Huffman, left, and Me, Hallelujah discussing where we will plant the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers. My honey and I will be sharing our half plot with Matt and Lesly. (photo by Chiboogamoo)|
|SELLING ORGANIC PLANTS. We were very lucky to have Nori from Urban Sprout Farms to come and sell Heirloom tomatoes and other organic veggies, soil amendments, and worms. If you want healthy food, you need to start with organically grown plants from their inception. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|THE CHICK-A-BILLY! We community gardeners are already looking forward to the summer solstice and lighting this metal sculpture that breathes fire. Can you see how it is part chicken and part billygoat? (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
After completing these spring cleaning and planting steps in my mind, this is the motivational statement I am planting in the garden of my for soul for 2013:
HALLELUJAH TRUTH'S 2013 VISION STATEMENT
I am the flowing center of the cycle of life, member of the Dancing Yes Tribe--Mother Conch!
That's Coffee with Hallelujah! If you are interested in understanding what this vision statement means for me, SOUL BLOG me! Ask and I will explain! My question to you is this: What do you envision for yourself for this 2013 growing season? How would you express it in a phrase or sentence?