What seemed to be a limit, upon closer inspection, turned out to be merely an obstacle. Possibly: One person's limit is another person's obstacle. Sometimes, intelligent good-hearted people are wrong. These are my opening insights for 2019. It should be an interesting year!
Three examples of text in art journaling. In the first piece I wrote down song lyrics and then painted over them. In the second piece I drew and painted an image and then decided to label the tentacles. In the third piece I journaled a bit and then painted over the whole thing.
How much to share on the internet? With the World Wide Web? This is an ongoing dilemma for me (and probably most bloggers). Many of the pages in my art journal have only images, some have only writing, but most pages have both. I like to to write with either a ball point pen or a permanent marker and then paint over it with something translucent, like watercolor or tempera paint.
Sometimes art journaling is just the act of taking a blank page and putting something on it. And then stopping. Are these curvy swirls the result of how I'm feeling today? Or a response to the music I'm listening to? I chose the color before I started to paint the shape, so maybe I'm responding to the color of the paint, and maybe the texture? (watery) And the single yellow curvy line? Is it sunlight on ocean water? I don't know
My art journal is a perfect place to be messy, spontaneous, illogical, take "big" risks, and be careless. Its funny that being "careless" sounds so negative, like you're not being careful enough and risk having bad things happen. Now that I think about it, it actually sounds like an insult. An insult typically thrown at children when they're not watching what their doing and are about to make a mess or maybe break something. Fortunately in one's art journal being "care-less," or without much "care" in what one is doing is actually desirable. It feels good to not care much about the outcome and just mindlessly mess around, playful actually.
I've been thinking lately about being more open to "life" in general. I get distracted by the concept of balance, trying to balance my "yeses" with my "noes" in order to keep myself on track? Does this even make any sense? The problem I've been having is that my "yeses" are so much less assertive and forceful compared to my "noes." It's more like "yeah" vs. "NOOO." At the moment, I think I'm better served by joyful, forceful yeses to good things, even things that seem to be opposed to each other. Of course, I'll still need "no" sometimes, but maybe after I find the big, celebratory "YES!" first.