The stack of magazines was growing tall, some unread, some half-read, some from months ago–People, Whole Living, The Sun, O, Country Living, Marie Claire, Food Network–how did the list get so long? Instead of throwing them away, I took my mom’s advice and made a collage. Then another, and another. Once all the images and words were before me, they started naturally categorizing themselves into different thoughts, emotions, ideas. What is so soothing about cutting and ripping and gluing, seizing images and words that are appealing? It’s just plain fun.
But smashing everything together also seems to bring out hidden truths. Right now I’m reading Travelling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Monk Taylor, and learned that The Secret Life of Bees had no formal outline, but a collage. Now how’s that for inspiring?
I laid out my pictures first, then added words to tell the rest of the story. So not to get all woo-woo symbolism on you, but here is one collage, with the words and images I chose:
biking through the forest
abstract yoga poses
“It’s easy to breathe happy”
“Perfect Brilliant Stillness”
“Serene, peaceful, & unspoiled”
“radiant & refreshed”
This was the first collage I made, and all the grand pictures of nature came together easily. One thing I miss about MS is the scenery. There weren’t any mountains or beaches where I lived, but fields and trees were everywhere. Here in the city, the green is more contained, less wild. I miss the stillness. But, on the other hand, California is a beautiful state to explore. I hope I’ll be able to continue seeking beautiful scenes in nature, and feeling the peacefulness that comes with it. The space to think, be still, and appreciate nature.
Hope you enjoyed my Nature collage! More coming soon!