Timeworn and heartfelt

Gesso and paint finally made their way into my Moleskine journal. I knew it would happen one day and yesterday was it! I prepped several pages and used up some leftover paint to start a section of painted pages. The Moleskine held up beautifully. It works especially well if both the front and back of a page are coated with gesso.
I am trying to get back to posting journal pages more frequently, but just because I don’t post them daily, doesn’t mean I don’t do something in my journal almost every day.
I was told by my father in law that my work has a Byzantine feel to it, so these pages were inspired by that comment and some of the glorious work I saw at the art gallery in D.C.
I like to play ‘rough’ in my journal sometimes, creating edgier, more distressed pages. It just feels good! Playing without worrying about perfection.
Just the process of adding layer after luscious layer of whatever is on hand.
I like to just use things I already have out, whatever
is in reach. Try using old tools in new ways.
I get my fingers messy when I work like this and have
been known to ruin good clothes, so I do try to remember to wear an apron. I said, try…
I loved the posture of his hand, I need to try one like this on a canvas.
My favorite thing about this page is her halo. I love that it is imperfect, looking like it is aged and worn away.

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  7. These are absolutely lovely…just stunning! I think I need to go back into DC and revisit the galleries.

  8. How peaceful she looks, excellent evocation of emotion! (somehow that statement makes me feel like a junior high school art teacher…)I haven’t quite figured out the draw of the Moleskin yet. I guess I’ll have to head out to the Paper Zone and spend some time looking them over. I’ve been kind of ignoring the whole trend, I thought it was just a brand of regular paper journal…obviously I should have been paying more attention?Your hopelessly out of touch friend,Laurie

  9. These pages are amazing! I am surprised the Moleskin held up so well – is there more than one kind/weight of paper?Love the halo too!

  10. Wonderful old-world feel, Pam. Have you ever used absorbent ground? Also helps give a fresco/old world look to canvas & board

  11. Love the hand too! Beautifully done. Has such a nice feel to it. You said her halo looks worn…aren’t they all?? LOLHugsSueAnn

  12. This is just wonderful…..but then your work always is!!! I love that you can grunge up a moleskine page they seem so delicate and smooth when doing my “Shades of Grey” drawings.Bernie

  13. I really like the limited palette you are using on these pages. What kind of Moleskine are you using? I bought my first Moleskine today – it’s the watercolor paper version.

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