Thursday, 4 October 2012

Fall fearless and fly - no. 1

Well, Carolyn and Jessica really threw us in at the deep end for the first challenge in this season. The three parts of the challenge were:

1 Headline - Inventing the Future: where do you want to be 5, 10, 15 years from now? What's holding you back/propelling you forward? What do you need to do/stop doing to create that future?

2 Colour - warm palette

3 Quote - "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." Abraham Lincoln

Well, the colours were no problem. I started with those and then was stumped. The page sat for a while as I thought about it. Then I spotted a darker arrow shape in middle of the page. I enhanced the colour with some ink. Now I was starting to get somewhere.

Then I thought about time moving on so the numbers came next across the top of the page.

I knew I wanted 'now' on one side of the arrow and 'then' on the other but it took a while for the image to come to me - a flower in bud and then open. I have been on a journey recently where I feel like a bud that has just started to open. I am looking forward to the time when I am fully blooming. For that to happen I need to 'let go and let God'. Thankfully, as Abraham Lincoln noted, the future comes one day at a time so the journey of change to become all that I can be doesn't have to happen overnight. The quote went in around the arrow.

(Apologies for the photo - I took half a dozen, but the colours are quite subtle and the details don't show up so well)

Now I'm off to see what everyone else has been up to. Looking forward to the next one :)


  1. I love the metaphor and subtlety of your page, and how you "found" the arrow. It's a very beautiful response to the challenge. Thank you for joining Fall Fearless and Fly!

  2. Great take on the subject, may all flowers bloom

  3. There are beautiful textures in your work and your thinking through the challenge.

  4. Thank you for sharing both your art and the story of how it developed! So glad you joined Fall Fearless and Fly!

  5. I love the subtle colours of your pages. I smiled when you wrote you were stumped.... I did my background, looked at it and felt exactly the same!!!! All worked out in the end :) I like the message here.


  6. Beautiful, Tracy! I like your process, too. (I was thinking Arrow, too!!) Love your warm colors! ~Kath

  7. I love your interpretation of the challenge :)

  8. Way to bloom there Tracy! And your background is nice! Lots of layers there.


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