Friday Affirmations — I Am the Boat and the Boat is Me

I am the boat and the boat is me. I chart my own course. I make my own waves.  I sing to the sun and the sun sings back to me while the moon watches with her darkened eye.

IMG_8304Found journal drawing for Lifebook 2013.  I adapted a lesson from Tam about qualities you like and don’t like about yourself.  The lesson was about finding those things you didn’t necessarily love but seeing the goodness in yourself anyway and honoring “the who you are”.  The trait I like most about myself is my ability to just get in there and get creating(rock obstacle mover) but at the same time I only like to do it my way, so I veered completely from the lesson into this found drawing in which the being is the boat and the boat is the being and the rest came from there.

It started as a gelli print paper.



I found the elements and drew onto the gelli print to find the boat, being, sun and moon.

IMG_8295I got out my pan pastels and colored the painted piece in and then went in further with plain old crayon and finished it up.

I am a big rock obstacle mover, I realize I am no longer afraid to just start and keep going.  That is strangely exhilerating and incredibly freeing. No longer caring with others think of you leads to an acceptance that makes room for you to bring your inner spirit to the forefront.  I feel most lucky to have reached this place in my life. My journey may have been easier than most but is full of tremendous loss of people I have loved(especially losing my Mom after a five year battle with cancer when I was just 25), this has made me stronger and freer to open myself to what really matters, honoring spirit, honoring those we love, living a life that drinks that last drop from the cup.

What make you sing out loud in the shower, whisper soulfully in that quiet voice, what makes you feel free?  Tell me do…..


Linking up to PPF…

My Friday mediation — I am the boat and the boat is me.



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42 Responses to “Friday Affirmations — I Am the Boat and the Boat is Me”

  1. Jo Murray July 12, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    Great image Coriunne…I love the colours.

  2. ann @ studiohyde July 12, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Great picture and I like how you explain the process. I need to use pan pastels more myself, you have inspired me.

  3. valerie-Jael July 12, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Beautiful work Corrine! Valerie

  4. lorraine July 12, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    great colours

  5. Lynda July 12, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Wow! I really like this. Like you, my journey may not have been as difficult as others except for losing most of my family at an early age. But it did make me much stronger and perhaps look at life a bit differently. Dancing in the shower – don’t need any excuse although I’ve not done it for awhile. I’m off to take that shower and do a bit of dancing. Thanks for the inspiration on this lovely sunny Friday.

  6. Dawn July 12, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    This is stunning Corrine, I love the colours and oodles of texture as always. Thanks for the sneaky peek into your process too, fascinating and enlightening as well as incredibly inspiring.
    Huge huggles, have a fab weekend sweetie x x x x

  7. Judy Shea July 12, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    This is what I love about you, Corrine. Go for it. I need more of that in my life. You inspire me to “move that rock”. Gelli prints make all the difference, don’t they?

  8. Janet Ghio July 12, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I love the idea of the moon and sun in the same picture. What is the stencil you used?

  9. Alison/craftytrog July 12, 2013 at 8:24 am #


  10. Mari July 12, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    A great textures and colors. Saludos

  11. Kay Wallace July 12, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    I love that your have found art within one of your Gelli prints, Corrine! It makes me wish I were home right now and could go pull out my prints and start looking at them in a new way! And, yes, my friend, you are the boat and the boat is you–in reality!

  12. Annette G July 12, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Terrific results, Happy PPF, Annette x

  13. Terrie -Creative Explorer July 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Interesting how you were able to pick out and highlight the shapes from such a seemingly random gelli print….it’s truly a case of the a piece being better than the sum of its parts (or something like that). Powerful message today – I always look forward to these posts…’re so introspective. Me, not so much, but I enjoy your revelations anyway.

  14. Linda K July 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    what a beautiful painting and I love the thoughts behind it Corrine. Wow-what a ?. SO many things make me feel free… and I too am very lucky I stayed true to who I am no matter what(it wasn’t an easy path though)and I no longer care what anyone thinks of my silliness or art or clothing or pollyanna like ways 🙂 Happy PPF!

  15. Faye July 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Ooh, I do like what you’ve done with the gelli prints. Powerful colors. I get seasick so I personally don’t want to be a boat, but I enjoyed reading what you are feeling. One of the things that has helped me to be more confident is doing volunteer work with disabled people. Helping others learn crafting brings a great deal of satisfaction.

  16. Sharon July 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Lovely page, great to see the process.

  17. Lisa Isabella Russo July 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Beautiful image and powerful thoughts! I’m sorry about the loss of your mom. It is inspiring that you have taken something so hard and forged ahead so beautifully.

  18. Kim Andersen July 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    I love that!and your self reflection of your journey too …. what makes me free? probably laughter. Being able to laugh out loud at myself, at life, at fears and worries. It all just falls away after a good laugh about it.

  19. Arnoldo L. Romero July 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    I love the batik feeling of this piece, and your words are truly inspirational. I’ve had a relatively easy life compared to others, but I also experienced the death of a parent in my mid twenties. I have always found refuge in knowing that God is with me, even if I’m physically alone. I feel he’s blessed me with creativity, and often incorporate my prayers into my work. I also am very much of a family man, as well as a lover of nature, which are also blessings in my mind.

  20. gloria July 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Hi Corrine. Awesome post and work related to your thoughts. Enjoyed it much and was inspired. You know, I haven’t san in the shower in years. I’ll have to think about that. thank you, great post.
    Gloria (my new blog)

  21. Christine July 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Beautiful piece!

  22. Dawn July 13, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I absolutely LOVE this piece and the story behind it–beautiful!!

  23. lyle baxter July 13, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    good thoughts and great picture. It has been fun watching you since squam!

  24. sandra sherman July 13, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Wonderful colours and composition. i love how you found your inspiration. Thanks for sharing your process:)

  25. Ginny July 13, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I love this Corrine. What makes me sing in the shower? Knowing that my family and friends are dong well. What has made me confident? Age – Knowing who I am and what I truly want to do has made life so much easier. Have a wonderful weekend.

  26. giggles July 13, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    I always love visiting you!! We are similar I lost my dad when I was 3o and mom at 35 I too have had sooo much loss in my life! 25 is way too young…that’s how old my brother was! I agree it gives you strength to forge ahead without worry of what other will think! It frees your creative spirit… I love the quote and your artwork… Thanks for sharing such an intimate piece of yourself!! Art, love of my kids, and friends frees my spirit to soar!!

    Hugs Giggles

  27. samara July 13, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Corrine, I went over to your etsy shop. Your work is outstanding and was a feast to my color=loving eyes! I had not realized your style until now! I love the vulnerability in your post today – though I have always thought that about your posts…when you had mentioned your mom before and what that felt like for you. It is a rare person who can do this. Your work really reflects a person who is in touch deep down at a soul level. I so appreciate that about you Corrine. Your art is such a joy. Lovies, Samara

  28. Anne July 13, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Beautiful! Love the colors and how you used the prints!

  29. JKW July 13, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    OMGosh what beautiful thoughts on Life. . . everyone should read these heartfelt. . . Life is difficult without direction and your little boat can be sailed in any direction. I am so glad you have found yourself and your direction. I haven’t use Geli yet, I know, I know.. . I keep reading it on PPF. I love what you have done with it though. Blessings, Janet PPF

  30. Monique July 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Love this drawing, beautiful boat and skies.
    Happy PPF, have a great weekend.

  31. aga July 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    beautiful post and art expression. they go so well together. thank you Corrine. I have just read Giggle’s post and you both touched and helped me today with your words. Much love to you and have a great and creative week

  32. Bleubeard and Elizabeth July 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Really love this painting as much as I like your thought process. I would never describe you as someone with self doubt. You have so much confidence with your art. I’m sure the rest is there, too.

    Have a great weekend. One happiness for me is visiting your blog.

  33. Bev July 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Love this piece and your description of its creation. Great philosophy as well!

  34. Erika July 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Wonderful painting and a wonderful meditation. These things are so much important in our every day life. Thank you and happy weekend! Erika

  35. Marjie Kemper July 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    So meaningful and beautiful and deep. You are such an inspiration!

  36. Kim July 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Love all the color and texture! HPPF!

  37. Gloria J Zucaro July 14, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    Wow! Profound but fun at the same time. I never really thought about what makes me feel “free”. i tried to conjure up that feeling and found that I get that feeling when i am on the open road in the country and see the beautiful, restful countryside. I like driving alone with the windows open so I can feel and smell the air. My favorite time of day to do this is late afternoon when the sun is making long shadows but before the twilight which loses the colors of the sky and fields. I really enjoyed seeing your process from Gelli to the boat. I know we are all one big energy source so are all connected. Thank you for your comment on my blog.

  38. denthe July 14, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    I love this piece.Never would’ve guessed you coloured it in with pan pastels….

  39. janice July 14, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Almost had a comment posted then hit some wrong button and kablooey! It disappeared so I hope I don’t repeat myself here…
    The purchase of two kayaks and a ukulele have drastically increased my happiness factor this summer as I seek peace and healing after a very rough few years. Learning something new, spending time outdoors and just generally enjoying the good things in life are definitely helping me to feel free again! I know you know what it’s like to have to fight tooth and nail to reclaim your joy. (Rock obstacle mover, indeed!) It takes a ridiculous amount of determination sometimes then at other times it’s simply a matter of letting go and letting yourself be okay. Your boat analogy is definitely not lost on me.
    Corrine, I am very much in awe of your positive energy and the way you express it through your beautiful art+words. Keep those good vibes flowing!

  40. Nicole/Beadwright July 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    This is wonderful. I enjoyed the post very much. Have a wonderful Sunday

  41. Maria McGuire July 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    I love that you found the objects for your project in the print. I love the place that you are in your life, you need to tell me how to get there….I know, only I can. I think I need to do this lesson 🙂

  42. Karen Smithey July 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I love what you did with this piece!

    I have also found that I can keep moving forward with a piece of art even when I don’t know where it’s going. In fact, my work seems to go much better when I DON’T try to guide where it goes. Maybe I need to work on letting go of outcomes a little bit more outside of my art… Hmmmm…

    Happy PPF!

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