Sunday, September 14, 2014

Endings & New Beginnings: New Web Home

The plan was to blog more in 2014.  As I typed that last line, the awareness heightens that I haven't blogged in over 7 months.  Over the months, I have created numerous art journal pages, but still didn't carve out the time to blog about it.  I thought about hitting the delete button on this blog and yet couldn't bring myself to say goodbye to this well-loved web home.  After many conversations with my dear friend Amy, we brainstormed the idea of creating a website that would become a platform for building an art tribe.  I will blog there twice a week.  The best part is that you will find blog posts every week from a variety of creative women including art journalists, creative card maker, amazing Maine based photographer, and a florist that makes flower arrangements into an art form.  If you are reading this, I hope you find yourself wanting to join our art tribe.  The website is   I hope you join us!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Word of the Year 2014

My word for last year was brave.  Of all the years I have chosen one word for the year, that one had to be the most fitting daily mantra.  I woke many mornings saying, "Remember Brave".  I think I redefined my word brave throughout the year to mean just simply show up, even if its unnoticed and quiet.  It was put one foot in front of the other kind of year.  Can you relate to a year like that one?

So deciding on a word of the year for 2014 was exhilarating.  I thought this year is a year to recover, heal, and have joy burst at the seams of our daily lives.  I went through a list of words, but none stuck until I read the book, Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert.  In the novel, she talks about how wildflowers grow more plentiful and burst in color after the harshest of winters.  If I look back over last year, there were so many miracles yet so many moments that held heavy, colorless chill.  This year I want life to bloom in color and grow wherever I may be planted.  This is the year to be wild and free with roots flourishing beneath. 

Part of the meaning for my word of the year is color.  I plan to paint, art journal, and yes even hope to blog.  Color my world in ink, paint, and words across all areas of my creative life.  Are you with me?  What is your word of the year?

If you are new to this concept of selecting a word of the year,  Ali Edwards' blog introduced me to the concept and you can find more about her and the idea here.  You can find my post here that explains in more detail. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Art Journal of Frida Kahlo

From: The Diary of Frida Kahlo
When I was scrolling through Instagram (which I do a little too frequently, you?), someone posted a picture from Frida Kahlo's art journal.  I immediately toggled over to Google to find it.  This was news to me, Frida kept an art journal?!  I was fortunate because our local library had an available copy.  You can also find it on Amazon - here

I couldn't wait to crack it open and see what Frida kept as an art journal.  I waited until I had an hour by myself in the quiet of the evening to settle in and peruse it.   At first, I was disappointed because its in Spanish (duh!), but as I was flipping through I noticed a translation in the back.  I was beyond excited!  Some of the words that she strings together are simply beautiful.  The words linked together don't seem to make any sense, but somehow it works.  The journal is a bit on the eccentric side so if you happen to buy or  pick up from the library, you may want to keep that in the back of your mind.  

For me, one of the most intriguing and I think truly sad parts about the book is that Frida never meant for it to be published or open for public viewing.  Its interesting to read the words and know that its her most private thoughts and feelings she spilled onto the pages. 

Let me know if you happen to pick up a copy.  I would love to hear your thoughts about the journal too.  Its a unique summer read!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art Journaling Love

Current View of Art Desk

10 Reasons I Love Art Journaling

1.  If you don't like something, there's always the option of covering it up and adding another layer or several more layers.
2.  No such thing as mistakes which I greatly appreciate after attending art classes that even Styrofoam cups have to be drawn to precision (I won't tell you how many times I drew that Styrofoam cup - ugh!)
3.  One of the best escapes and no chemicals are need for this to happen including coffee.  (But ice coffee & art journaling is a great combination.)
4.  Art Supplies! Need I say more?
5.   Thoughts, feelings, and memories are documented.  It makes for a great evening to browse through old art journals and remember, laugh, and embrace.
6.  The reward of completing an art journal page or the entire journal is CELEBRATION worthy.
7.  An excuse to splatter colorful paints and inks.
8.  Cheap therapy (well maybe, depending on how much #4 reason takes over in the craft stores).
9.  The words.  The ability to string together any words that cascade out through the process (no grammar rules apply!).  Did you know that Frida Kahlo kept an art journal and she wrote groups of word that appeared to have no association?  Her words are beautiful of course.  And I am grateful for the English translation in the back of her printed art journal.  I will do a separate blog post soon about her art journal. (this was a bit of a tangent, I guess that's fitting for free-associating words)
10. To play like a kid again with imagination and wild abandon. 
What do you love and why?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Holding in My Hands


This is the latest issue of Stampington's Art Journaling Magazine.  My words and work are present in the magazine.  My article is titled, "Flight".  I thought the image below was fitting of the title.  I was walking alone by the ocean shore yesterday with my camera in hand.  I had time to sit and wait to capture the solo seagull taking flight from his perch on the rock.  It was an amazing sight, wings moving in a perfect arch with a crystal clear reflection below in the calm waters of the sea.  I noticed every time a seagull was in flight, a song was sung.  Makes sense that as we take flight, do what we love (for me that's art journaling), see new perspectives, that we sing a tune of joy.  I hope this summer is being kind to you and you are able to take your own beautiful flight and embrace some joy. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stampington Blog Challenge: Short Story

Photo credit: Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images 2008
Sitting in my hotel in San Antonio, I was perusing my favorite blogs.  On the Stampington blog, I found this short story challenge.  This photograph was one of two that you could choose to write a short story or poem about it.  This photograph above immediately struck me of the two.  It could have been me as a little girl.  Funny I even had to click back to see if her hair was brown like mine.  I thought for sure I saw that in the image.  This image permeated my thoughts as the days in June seem to streak by without conscious knowledge of it.  So as the day unfolded with Dora the Explorer playing in the background for my little girl, I began to write lines that were inspired by the photograph.  Here is the end result: 


Closing my eyes
Swirling colors of rainbow form
Necklaces made of candy collide
Treasured beaded bracelet circling the wrist
Swaying pigtails from side to side
Sunlight glittering on daises and dandelions
Whispered songs floating in the breeze
One little girl
Packing layered life sketches
Designed through imagination
Held and carried in flowered vintage petals
Encasing dreams in innocent joy
Years pass
Time ebbs and flows
Dreams kept packed on seas of change
Innocence slips and hearts break

Eyes flutter open
Old dreams tangled with wisdom
Still tangible in foggy light
Suitcase laid open and past floats
Binding the past with the present
Stitches recalled
Knots remembered
Moments sewn together
Weaving one life pattern.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Art Journaling: Summer Color Change

During my hiatus of art journaling, I was seeing pictures on the web of new artwork being created in vibrant neon colors.  After school finished and the warmer temperatures began, I knew I wanted to try these neon paints.  I found neon acrylic paint at a local craft store (found in most craft stores) for a $1 a bottle.   I must say it was fun to just play with these colors, happy paint if you will. 
Last week I stumbled across the aisle of spray paint and I couldn't believe my eyes.  The same neon colors were available in spray paint.  That will be my next purchase for my art journaling color mix up this summer. 
Have you tried a new color palette recently?  Do you change colors with the seasons?  Feel free to comment or link to your blog in the comment section.