January Journaling Day 7~Shades of Grey

This was inspired by a picture I saw of one of those lovely stone angels. I don’t usually draw the eyes closed, but this depicts those moments when I just close my eyes for a minute and gather the strength that I need to do the task at hand. My eyes may be closed, but my minds eye is WIDE open. I have started to work on the cover which, of course will be painted in shades of grey.

January Journaling Day 6, Shades of Grey

“If I could be Queen for a day…’ What would you do? I realized that I might already be a Queen. My palace may not be palatial, and my loyal subjects are few, but in a small way I am the Queen here.
I started this page a few days ago by simply stamping the crownish image. I bought some new stamps and many times I will randomly stamp the images into my journal and later work them into a page.
This one seemed to make a great crown. I added some details and shading and as per Misty Mawn’s prompt to do self portraits, added a face. She is not me necessarily in looks, though people say all the time that my ladies kind of look like me. I think that is because I am expressing myself through them. I guess after looking in a mirror for 44 years, the face I’m most familiar with is mine. I have a longish nose and neck and largish eyes and so do my ladies.
I’m really liking working in this smallish journal, with simple tools and simple drawings. No painty, no cutty, no gluey. A nice change.

January Journaling Day 4, A Mistake?

They say there are no mistakes in art, well I found that out the hard way when I started this page. Originally it was horizontal and I had drawn a tree branch and written some words, then to my dismay, realized that the journal was upside down! Ugh~ Because this was on the backside of a completed page, I tried to figure out what to do. Sometimes these things force us to be even more creative and this page grew out of my mistake. I tried looking at the tree branch from different angels and not seeing it as a branch, but instead just studying the lines of it. It looked sort of like a womans dress, so I started with that. There would be no room for her head, so I added it in seperately. Then I found what the page was trying to tell me, ‘Sometimes all you need is a different perspective’. How true in life and in art. So I will try to look at things differently, to see the possibilities, to find the hidden meaning.

I am going to call this little journal, ‘Shades of Grey, January Journaling’ in honor of my Pitt Pen fascination and paying homage to this month of winter ahead.

Here is the Flicker group so you can see more journal pages from other crusaders.