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  • I'm in a sketchbook exchange group. Before I joined the group, I used sketchbooks for sketching, for thinking, for exploring, for trying things out. After I joined the group, I discovered that people were making finished pieces in their "sketchbooks." Suddenly, there was a sense of competition and I felt "not good enough."

    Recently, I bought a couple of new sketchbooks. This is the one I got at the Renaissance Festival. It has a leather cover with an embossed star on it and a flap that closes around it, with a tie. Also, it is too big to scan on my scanner.

    I felt daunted by the new sketchbooks, as I always feel about new journals. As if what I might write or do wouldn't somehow be good enough. For this reason, I have always chosen inexpensive spiral notebooks for my journals.

    So this time, I made a vow. You probably cannot read it, but what I said on the first sketch of this series was this: "I, Mary, hereby give myself permission to SKETCH in my sketchbooks, to play, experiment, relax and enjoy. I give myself permission to MAKE MISTAKES. I can scribble, I can erase, I can start over." (This is the drawing on the left.) I was playing with the idea of patterning 5-pointed stars. I named the sketch "Perfectly Imperfect I."

    The second sketch, the one on the far right, I named "Perfectly Imperfect II." It's caption reads: "Everything (on earth) is a work in progress."

    The third sketch, which is in the center, is "Perfectly Imperfect III." It's what I call "wisdom art." Please understand that I am not setting myself up as a guru, teacher or spiritual advisor. I am only sharing what came through me in the process of working on these three pieces, which is wisdom intended for me (and anyone else who needs or wants it.) (I was the one who needed it.)

    Here are the captions of the the third piece:

    *All (earthly) work is work in progress.
    *The best work is play; joy is the result of the melding of work and play.
    *All (earthly) work reflects the melding of inner perfection and outer imperfection.
    *Perfection resides within imperfection.
    *All work embodies and reflects innate perfection, even in its imperfection.

    and again

    "I have the right and duty to experiment and make mistakes."

    *

    Speaking of a work in progress, I have been working on Discovery at Little Hog Island, but life has a way of getting in the way--we're been very busy--so I hope to post the next installment sometimes soon.

    I had an insomniac night and was working on the art trying to keep the lights low.

    Namaste. Blessings.
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