“Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living – and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul only cares about what you are being while you are doing whatever you are doing.”
Watson is now 6 months old and such a funny guy. If there is a mud puddle, he jumps in. He hops and gallops and leaps everywhere. And he does not like to be left alone. When he sits by you, he always has one paw touching you. He’s an amazing, sweet, goodnatured, happy dog. Oh – and he finally likes to ride in the car with his face out the window! Zoom-Zoom
I’ve been working in my journal daily in Judy Wise’s Mixed Media Journal class. I’ve kept a written journal since high school and continued until I started online blogging in 2007 – but I never combined my journal writing with any type of art. I never thought I could draw or use mixed media to express myself. What’s interesting is using the combination of left brain/right brain to express my innermost thoughts, really helps to provide a deeper access and that is fueling my art making in all areas! Here are a couple of pages:
These pages are in a journal I made in January! There’s something so satisfying about working on paper you’ve chosen in a book you created. In this particular journal, I used a heavy weight colored card stock that takes wet medium beautifully. Although on the recommendation from Lynne Hoppe, I’ve just purchased a new journal from Stillman & Birn that I’m anxious to try. I am now hooked on art journaling. It’s the perfect way to start my day in the studio. An early morning light, my favorite music and art supplies sets the right tone for my day.
Yesterday Robyn, on her blog Art Propelled mentioned the books she’s reading now. It was wonderful to see her list and get some ideas for new books. I also have a stack of books I’m reading so I thought I would share my list, too! They are all nonfiction and I like having the variety of titles to choose from for inspiration.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open. It is not for you to determine how good it is, nor how valuable. Nor how it compares with other expressions.” -Martha Graham.
I share the above quote, because last week I was appalled by an artist’s attack on another artist on a blog. The artist felt threatened and felt her work was being copied. No names were mentioned but pictures of the artwork were posted. The only similarities I noticed were they were both creating shrines out of clay. The expression was different, but yes, the concept was the same. I can name many artists who use clay and make shrines or reliquaries and all of them have similar aspects. These two artists live many states and miles apart and market in totally different ways. I don’t believe an attack is ever justified especially so publicly and so cruelly. I should probably just keep quiet about this, but it really saddened me. I am of the opinion that the more you share the more you get in return or as the Beatles put it “And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give . . “