Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Joey's Challenge to Joy

This was a good challenge for me. I woke up in a blue funk, and spent an hour or so writing in my journal and crying. The details are not for this blog, but it was an emotional morning, and I still have a lot of thinking to do.

But, one other thing I woke up with was a pattern in my mind. i wanted to sketch it, but the journal took over, so I didn't get to it. Then I checked Joey's blog for the challenge this week...lo! and behold! the pattern "Joy" was SO similar to the little bit of pattern I saw in my mind as I woke up.

Pretty cool.

String 10 is angular and curvy, and joy is a sort of random, free hand pattern. A challenging combination, to be sure.

and this is what I ended up with:

it is disjointed and unfinished, yet there is joy...like my life.

At first I didn't like it. It has no flow and paradox seems out of place and i couldn't think of what to put in the blank spaces within the main triangle...and then as I looked at the string where it is penciled, it occurred to me: this is unfinished. My life is unfinished. My life is disjointed and full of some things that aren't that pretty to contemplate, at times.

But look at this...there is joy, right at the foundation, and joy breaking out of the strangeness, and joy above it all. And in the corner, a speck of that flow, a little seedling of fescu reaches up from flux leaves.

I put that in, on purpose, and counted myself done with this tile.

Oh. That starburst of joy, where I colored it in gold...the tips there? THAT is the shape that I woke up with this morning! cool, eh?


  1. Oh my! I'm so happy that so much emotion went into your challenge! The symbolism is wonderful and it sounds like the process was a bit therapeutic too!?
    Have a wonderful day Heidi Sue!
    ~ joey ~

  2. Lovely tile (and hugs for the journey).

  3. Cool Joy tangle!!
    ~ Diane Clancy