Further to friends and enemies…

Following on from yesterday’s post and a phrase that fills me with disdain…

I found a quote that I like much better…

Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.

~ Tim Fargo

The faces change, the stories stay the same…

The faces change, the stories stay the same…

That’s one of those phrases that I don’t quite recall when I first started using… I may have invented it, I may have poached it somewhere along the line… I truly don’t know…

Though what I do know is that every so often it floats through my head and these days it brings with it a wry smile. In the past it would lead me down an avenue of questions… why? why is this happening again? what’s this all about?

Now these days, when those words roll through my brain, I realise that I’ve just spotted a pattern that I’ve seen before… And in the past I still had some naive optimism that this time things would work out differently…

In the past, I’ve scratched my head and asked others for advice and they’ve offered forth such words as – keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

But that’s a phrase that I don’t much care for…

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

See to me they sound like the words of someone who’s packing a harpoon…   of someone who doesn’t mind smelling like a chum bucket…

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…

Thanks but no thanks!

The only thing that that sounds close to to me, is to some kind of bizarre form of self harm…

I turned to The Gorgon’s Tarot… it seems quite adept at handling snakes…

The Hanged One and The Ace of Swords…

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Really Sweety? Are you sure you want to do that? Sure you can hang out with them if you like and convince yourself that you are watching and observing to see where things are going. You can convince yourself that  you are learning their tricks but whilst you think that you are toying with them like a kitten toys with a mouse before going for the kill… well maybe you should double check that that viper isn’t moving slowly and steadily closer… moving in to strike with a lethal dose. It may well be fun in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way but you play a risky game. Surely it is better to cut clean away and to spend your time with people on the same level who see eye to eye with you and speak the truth… The decision is yours…

I wonder why I waited for so long…

Maybe 8 or 9 years ago, I heard a phrase that caught my attention… encaustic wax…

I overheard it in a room full of people and I meant to go find out more… I never did look it up and never really thought much more about it until fairly recently I was asked what I would like as a gift… Out of my mouth popped those two words again… encaustic wax… they’d been sat there like a post-it-note logged somewhere in the back of my brain…

So my gift arrived and here are few paintings that I have made…

Colour Magic

It seems like forever since I last wrote on here… but then my tendency is to become quite reclusive at this time of year. I miss the Sun yet at the same time enjoy the gloom… I often set myself projects to navigate my way through the Winter months as my body clock whispers ‘hibernate’ over and over to me… or decides to taken a sudden unscheduled nap filled with vivid dreams that suddenly awaken me and leave me wondering where I am and then checking the time online to see what day it is. Is it am? Is it pm? I don’t know!! It never seems to get light! Mr S finds it hilarious to wake me around 6pm and then trick me into thinking I’ve lost a day by telling me he’s off to work…

So over the last two weeks it’s been quite nice to have my time conducted by emails landing like the beat of a metronome marking out my circadian rhythm…

I signed up with Bernard Charles, The Color Mage, for 14 days of color magic

It’s been an interesting process… personally I aimed to sit at the same time each day to draw and for the most part that went to plan. I thought it would be amusing to add some colour to the grey days… Turns out that I got a lot more out of this exercise than I’d imagined. Working each day with a colour and a keyword as a thought prompt, played with my brain in interesting ways… resolving old problems, resurrecting half-forgotten ideas, recalling dreams, throwing up some new ideas, giving me glimpses into many things…

The challenge says 14 days but you can take it at your own pace… give it a whirl! It’s FREE!!

Here’s the images I ended up with…