Monday, February 10, 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
|From: The Diary of Frida Kahlo|
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
Monday, July 15, 2013
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
|Photo credit: Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images 2008|
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
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
Moments sewn together
Weaving one life pattern.
Friday, May 31, 2013
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.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
When I think about blogging, I don't know even where to begin. I will give a brief synopsis to hopefully help summarize the changes and then post more on art journaling very soon. In September of last year I started school as an art major and planned to possibly pursue a degree in Studio Art. Then in October with very little warning, everything changed in a moment. I think I'm just now starting to get my feet back under me from all the unexpected changes.
At this stage in my life, I am returning to my former career and hoping to incorporate creativity amongst the work. For now, school has been placed on hold. One of the more positive changes in the recent weeks has been my return to art journaling. I plan to post some new journal pages with some tutorials in the near future.
I want to personally thank everyone for their kind words and support throughout my journey of returning to school and majoring in the arts. Maybe someday I will return and take you along the adventure again or just maybe we will take new adventures together!