The wall and chitta vritti

It’s been one of those weeks where I have been completely distracted in general.  I can’t seem to focus on one thing at a time.  I start doing something, and then my mind leads me elsewhere.  I guess that is one of the reasons I’ve been back at making script patterns again.  It’s like meditation.  I’m focused on my hand moving and making lines, they swoop they twirl, they split.  It’s a great practice for my brain that seems to want to hang on to the noise.  In yoga we call that the chitta vritti — or monkey mind.  Even so, I’ve made some progress on the wall, among other things.  But as promised, I do have a few pictures for you.

I’ve also spent a fair amount of time in my other jobs this week.  I also work part-time, teaching art at a local school, and I do some consulting work for NalandaWay (a Chennai- based arts non profit, where I was for the Fulbright).  It can be quite a hectic week.  So my studio can sometimes be the place where I do focus in, I do find a sense of calm, and I do get down to work.

This coming week will be much of the same– work on the wall, work on some secret art stuff at home, teach, and consult.  I have to say, though. I do like this cycle.  It’s like having the best of all worlds.

So in the meantime, check below for where I am on the wall this week.

 

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Progress so far. The collage is starting to go on top of the larger shapes.  Thinking of other things to do, as this progresses.
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A close up. All the map pieces come from one atlas. I think I’ll have to use only one atlas.
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To hinder the monkey mind, I also shut my door and made a make-shift curtain. Next week, I’ll be wide open.  I don’t like shutting out on-lookers and do love to chat with the patrons that come by.  Sorry to have missed you, if you came around!

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