An art journaling perspective.
(I just added summer pages to the tab *art + journal* above)
I typically start my paintings with a simple sketch. A few lines and a hint of color. I often don't understand the meanings behind the images, I have just trusted that I will understand as the paint dries. I like it that way.
I have learned however that my emotional perspectives do influence my finished work. If I sit with my paints too long I will overwork things -- a sign of "inner working" something?
When the colors are bright and light in my painting, and I choose not to undo or layer over things too much, I obviously feel unburdened? Ready and happy to move on to the next piece?
I really think it is a miracle to have a *visual image of something* and to find ways to layer it in ink and paint. I am a simple photographer, someone who sees an image, frames it, and captures it. I haven't encountered a creative medium that is so imaginative and organic. No pattern to purchase and follow? No page design and colors to adhere to? No, this is such a different process than that.
If you have you tried art journaling, how would you describe it?
Pouring out in paint?
Journaling in a very messy way?
Spilling out those cluttered heart closets?
Yes and amen to that...
Whatever it is, it is a good friend right now. I have benefited from its healing touch on my life. It is zen-like in the way it helps me stay calm. After a stressful day, it is a great reward.
For me it has also been a place of honesty and growth. Of seeing life as it is (and was) and bringing a focal point to what is now. Doesn't that sound good?
Really if you haven't tried it, it's time to pull out a sketch pad and go for it~
(Best of all, it is a great distraction when the sheep are away)
With a fresh coat of
His grace & peace,