Tuesday, December 29, 2015

collage in altered book

she felt familiar, like we've met 

or I painted her before. 

i was going to alter her 

then realized 

she needed to stay 

as is. 

the new year is approaching.

as is the tradition of the japanese,

i am cleaning and clearing.  since reading

the life changing art of tidying, i have ask myself

whether an object sparks joy, 

a powerful question than can

have reverberations throughout one's life.

if it does not, i let it go, grateful for the place

it had in my life.


  1. She is beautiful and somehow familiar to me as well. When I was little our neighbor was from Japan. She told my mom to make sure the house was clean before the new year or it would be messy all year. My mom took that to heart as do I. I have been deep cleaning for days. LOL Wishing you and your family the very best of 2016.

  2. Wow, Nicole, you and are are doing parallel cleaning and clearing. Wishing you and your family a wondrous new year!
    xo Irene