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At home in the world

At Home in the World

Here is my latest collage,  “At Home in the World.” I am  pretty sure it was inspired by the comment below from another walkabout woman, Tarri Lucier. She responded to my post  “Home is where the heart is . . .” —  where I talk about  homesickness.

“Homesickness. For what? For that place within us that tells us we are home. Nothing ever remains the same, our environments are continually shifting, even if they appear to remain the same. But the inner home base becomes something we can rely on. ‘I am sitting here, a point of peace.’ You hold that space, and it becomes your center, your home. You can go stay with people and blend into their environment and be home, and then when it’s time, pack up your few belongings and move on.” Tarri Lucier

I never know what is going to emerge in my collages! I just start making them and see what they have to tell me.

I was glad this one was so happy looking.

My tree is one big playful pinwheel waving freely above ground. Below ground is the seat – my home base, my center, perhaps my place of peace from which my creativity emanates.

I will think about Tarri’s words and this collage whenever I feel homesick or have doubts about whether I have a home in the world.

Thanks Tarri!

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. alayasojourn #

    Beautiful and so cheery. Thx Betsy!

    September 10, 2012
    • Hi Alaya- thanks for your comment! Hope all is well with you.

      September 12, 2012
  2. Beautiful, cheery, love it! Thx Betsy.

    September 10, 2012
  3. i love this collage, betsy – it’s beautiful, bold, and colorful. how awesome to be inspired by someone else’s words and create something so personal to yourself.

    i love to collect quotes, and tarri just made it into my notebook of collected quotes! 🙂

    September 10, 2012
    • Hi Susie – yes I think Tarri has a lot of wisdom about this walkabout experience! Thank you for commenting!

      September 12, 2012
  4. Homesickness. I have been homesick for pieces of theatre. For my parents. For dancing. To me homesickness means I still care, I am not numb. Anyway, I love this collage. Crazy colors that all seem to go together. And yes, happiness. Joy.

    How’re your feet holding up? 🙂

    September 10, 2012
    • Hi Terri, Feet are holding up, however I bought a beautiful new pair of walking shoes with a custom insert and then accidentally sent them to Goodwill in my packing and sorting frenzy. Oh well, my old shoes still have some life in them. Yes, I think homesickness is about places and people that were meaningful and a piece of our heart still remains there. As far as my art, my mission is to put crazy colors and patterns together and still have it all hang together – a metaphor for life or at least my life. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      September 12, 2012
  5. tarrilucier #

    Thank you, Betsy… what an honor to be quoted by you, and to have some part in inspiring such a piece of art. I have a visceral response to the sun shining through the roots of the tree. This response begins in the first chakra and radiates up into the solar plexus. If that isn’t a home base center, I don’t know what is!

    September 9, 2012

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