Today’s art journal page is a combination of two assignments from Misty’s workshop. I’m really happy with the color palette and some of the new techniques I tried. This did not stitch together very well at first attempt in GIMP – but it’s too time consuming to try to get it perfect! Down the trunk of the tree it says ‘worthy’.
After seeking out and reading some materials on the subject, I have learned that I’m a Highly Sensitive Person and subsequently found this quote by Pearl S. Buck, which I’ve incorporated in my girls wind up thingy behind her.
“A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
To him… a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create – - – so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
Everything in me resonated with this so much.
See if you are a highly sensitive person, and learn more about it by taking this Are You Highly Sensitive quiz. I score 24 out of 27! Being a highly sensitive person does not just mean you are hurt by people or offended easily – it has more to do with over-stimulation of lights, noises, smells being overwhelmed by too much going on around you, sensitive to violence and other people’s moods (and taking that energy on), having a rich inner world and feeling everything very deeply. If you or your child are a HSP, it would be good to know so there is understanding and ways to set things up in life differently to assist. HSP is often mistaken for being shy or overly introverted.