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Nov 18, 2023Liked by Rebecca Holden

Wow, thank you so much for sharing. This inspires me to look into doing an online writing course of some sort...

It is so interesting to see how covid and the lockdown fit into this story. What a crazy thing we all went through. I did no writing at that time, the lockdown started the same week I went on maternity leave with my first baby. So suddenly there was no support or company, just us and the anxiety of being able to get all the baby things in time.

Ah, to say everything turned out well in the end would be disrespectful but, we got through it.

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Nov 18, 2023Liked by Rebecca Holden

AP.

Being more practical and scientific I did physics as my artistic and creative genes are low in number! However I was deeply moved by the presentation and background to “My Body”. It really summed up the last few years.

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Nov 18, 2023Liked by Rebecca Holden

So many emotions!!! Some teachers should be shot! Sigh. And COVID!!! (And it’s doing the rounds again! But it’s up to each of us as individuals to decide how we protect ourselves and others). And all that extraordinary art! Fascinating seeing how external factors affect the finished image. Such a good read. Thanks so much dear Rebecca. Sending heaps of hugs and best wishes. 🤗🤗😃😃🌼🌼

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Nov 18, 2023Liked by Rebecca Holden

Gee, and here was I thinking that you were just a fantastic and interesting writer! Holy smokes, you are a good illustrator. I was impressed by what you did for your class.

I wish I could say that I personally got into better shape during covid. Well, probably I got more muscles in my right arm by lifting up a glass of wine.

I literally wore pjs most of the days of covid. And purchased them through companies online.

Luckily for me I have a gazebo in my backyard, so I could have people come over and sit outside. Even in the winter as long as we had blankets it wasn’t too bad. However, I sorely missed my grandchildren and I will never get those lost months back.

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Oooh I love this! My life is a bit unsettled now (nothing bad!) but I’ll definitely keep it in mind for a better time. COVID changed how we made art/processed through art, I know my own practice has changed.

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Rebecca, you are such a talented artist! Thank you too for the link to the Everything Art course, looking forward to learning more. 💜

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Thank you Rebecca!

I just signed up for “Care December 2023”! So thank you for that link.

I’ve been looking for something to get away from the main-stream media. The political season here in the US feels like the beginning of Covid did, except without the lockdowns. That was when I turned to my first ever watercolor class online. Then in person the next year wearing a mask--or not. It was a choice by then. (The governor of our state of Maine knew how to adult and most of the people here were mask compliant.). But I digress.

I’m looking forward to doing art with journaling. I have a lot of journals I also made the second year when I got into bookbinding. Then into making “junque journals”, as I liked to call them. And I bought my first Gelli plate a couple months ago and have fallen in love with all the possibilities of mixing media with that.

Thank you again!!❤️

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Nov 18, 2023Liked by Rebecca Holden

How beautiful! I also love that you made space for pleasure reading. I've forced myself to do that over the past two weeks and it's made such a difference!

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It's wonderful how intentional you've been about reclaiming space for creativity in your life. I keep telling myself that I'll one day "find time" to paint and draw again, but it's really something we have to set aside time for, deliberately. Congrats to you for making the most of it :-)

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WOW! Rebecca your mixed media art is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us and giving me inspiration to keep going. :) Have a fantastic week!

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Love your artwork and the stories behind this particular collection. Interesting to see how it was so influenced by the strange days of the lockdowns. It was lonely and depressing time for sure.

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A talented writer AND artist. I love how you journaled using art and the outcomes are beautiful. I especially love the cow not quite in the picture, symbolic of how you were feeling.

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Rebecca, I did click the link and will take a close look. Some time ago, with no precious training, I began courses in acrylics with an artist I've written about here: https://innerlifecollaborative.substack.com/p/will-kemp-artist-and-teacher-extraordinaire. A truly meaningful process. I'm now focused on watercolor and find that the most challenging medium and the most ethereal. The non-verbal nature of the work in both mediums does seem to help the invention in my writing, but who knows? Thank you for this excellent post. xo ~ Mary

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This resonated with me on so many levels although at times in reverse - I took Physics and dropped art despite a long lecture from my art teacher who thought I should carry on. I completely lacked creative confidence. In fact it took me until my mid forties (when I found photography) to discover that I am in fact a creative person.

It was interesting to get a little insight into Wanderlust, I've signed up for 2024 despite still having no confidence in my artistic abilities!

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Beautiful artwork Rebecca!

Great story. I think this is the first time I've ever heard that a teacher threw things at students. That's a shocker. If that happened in today's times, I would hope the person would be fired.

Your artwork:

As you know, I do abstract art (I'm back doing it again. Yeah!!!! More on that soon.) and I love the "let fire inspire" artwork. It's my kind of style.

I like how you did the drawing of you on the "My body" art scene.

The black and white is exquisite. I like the way the white tree plays off of the background.

And what can I say about the flowers? The colors are amazing!

Keep up the good work!

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So many inspiring works of art here, Rebecca. I'm positively cringing at your school art experience and am so relieved that the creativity within your persevered! What talent that teacher nearly wrecked, and thank the stars for M! The glass work is remarkable, but I do see more of what I believe to be YOU in the mixed media works you are creating now. It seems you've found your way to the freedom of expression you wanted all along. Thank you for sharing your journey. Oh, I signed up for the Everything Art course. Though I'm not confident I'll be able to focus on it in the way it probably deserves, I figure even if I only manage an exercise or three it will help me revive the artist in me that has been hibernating for years.

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