I spent several hours waiting for a flight with some empty seats on it this past weekend. We had a great time at the EAA Airshow in Wisconsin, walked our feet off! Now I am packing again to go to Washington and visit my family. When I get home there will be the flurry of school clothes shopping, end of summer boating and before I know it summer will be over. I have to say, we have not experienced many of those ‘endless’ summer days. Each one seems filled with activities but I manage to squeeze in some art time every day. Even if it’s just a quick little bit of journaling.
I hope you are finding time for art. It does not have to be a BIG block of time, just a few minutes spent in your journal can make all the difference in your creative state of mind.
What is your ‘Safe Harbor’? Do you have a place to go where you can be yourself, your true self, the self the world only gets glimpses at? Melange on Etsy has the weekly word prompt up and it is ‘Harbor’. My first thought was to add the word ‘Safe’ . A port in the storm. My ‘Safe Harbor’ is my journal. It is where I can work things out, experiment, paint right over the top of it if I don’t like it, just as I did on this page. I started it with a sketch in a reddish brown pencil. I didn’t really like it but I moved on. Later I went back and added a few layers of paint right over the top. Then because I could still see the sketch I drew it again right over the paint. working, reworking, layering.
This is a favorite saying, ‘She believed she could, so she did’.
Here is my Melange Weekly Challenge page for the word ‘Fly’. I find it really fun to work the challenge into my journaling. It makes for a stress free way to participate. If any of you want to play along you are welcome, no need to be a member of the team.
This page was done in my Moleskine Journal. ‘She dreamed of taking flight’, these words capture the feel I have as we enter summer. I long to take off and explore some new place. The traveling itch. When I go I will of course bring my journal along…
P.S. Here is the journal page that was the inspiration behind this piece.
For me, inspiration often comes through journaling. The freedom that is found within the safe covers of my art journal allows me to explore my feelings and convey them visually. Most often the words come to me last. I either make them up or find the perfect quote, but it is almost always at the end of my creative process. This is part of what I have learned about myself through journaling. It is as if I pour out the feelings and then can put words to what those feelings are.
This weeks challenge prompt at Melange is ‘Inspiration’. The words on this journal page came to me at the end of the process. Art is a journey. A discovery of your creative nature. We are inspired by others who have gone before us, and inspire others to follow along. Each of us is in that place. Every time we create we are inspired by something and our work inspires someone or something else.
Be Inspired. Be an Inspiration.