I'm not a go-with-the-flow kind of person. Ask my husband. Or my mother. I must have been one of those kids determined to drive their parents crazy with my complete lack of desire to assimilate.
Of course, as a parent myself, I can see how an innate need to be oppositional isn't always convenient to tickmarking life's little list of To-Do's. Drag screaming child through Target. Check. But, my so-called-self-diagnosed Oppositional Disorder (with no disrespect to formally-diagnosed sufferers) has its strong points.
First of all, it is so very obviously heriditary--ask the respective men currently attached to my now-grown daughters who are all strong-willed and self-directed. Second, it really comes in handy in art. My fellow artistes know what I mean, and dear friend, Wendy, if you're reading this, you are my Queen of Artistic Oppositional Disorder. I know all about Painting Class. Ahem....(But that is WHY you are such a great artist--one whose little finger contains more talent than several of my bodies put together.)
But, I digress. Oppositional Disorder is really what it takes to Practice Art successfully...taking an idea, saying, how great! But, I don't wanna do it your way, I'm gonna do it MY WAY. Although my life is otherwise full of practiced opposition, it is only recently that I felt free enough to start applying my OD to my own artistic voice. (insert concerted effort to turn off negative childhood conditioning here) I still do lots of emulating of great ideas, don't get me wrong. It takes a lot for me to come up w/ an idea of my own--one that is Just Me.
This week I had such a moment. In my second Bind-it-All class, the instructor had made a perfectly lovely 6-panel wallhanging with pictures of her family. A wallhanging of the family! Such a good idea. But I didn't wanna. I wanted to create a wallhanging based upon my 2012 Word of the Year--Soar. I love mixed media, and I wanted to challenge myself not to give in to my usual riotous blaze of color, and do a much more muted palette. So, with that in mind, I created this:
Quotes from top to bottom:
Who you are is enough
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it
The world can be an amazing place when you're slightly strange
Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many
And I love it! It has so much stuff layered on to it, I couldn't even begin to name it all--from acrylic gels to Copics to rub-ons, paper, embellishments, glitter glue....and more and more and more.
Don't let anyone tell you that opposition is a bad thing. If used as a positive force for change, it can be wonderful! Even in an art project.
PS. True confessions...when I was in the middle of making this, DD Sarah saw it and asked "what does Soab mean?" Hahahaha...I had cut out a "b" instead of an "r." These things happen. Lucky I have a sharp artistic editor!