Safe Harbor

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 next set of pages started with a sketch also, then I added some PanPastels for some color. They are really soft and lovely on the Moleskine sketch paper. Then I poured some feelings onto the page. My college bound son wants to get an apartment with his cousin, who is also his best friend. Another empty room in the house? Will I be his ‘Safe Harbor’? This will take some more journaling to work through…

This is a favorite saying, ‘She believed she could, so she did’.

I remind myself of it,

I wear it on a necklace,

I pull it out when I need to hear it again.

This piece was done mostly with PanPastel on museum quality sanded pastel paper.

‘Believe’ is available in my etsy shop.

Another New Journal


I think I have a problem. I have 5 journals that I’m working in at this moment and I just added a 6th! This one is a 7 x 10 Strathmore Black Field Drawing Notebook. It has lovely heavy black pages. I got it to play with my Caran d’ache crayons in. I find it a good thing to mix up the size of book you are working in. It helps you to stretch your creative muscle. This little portrait was done with the water soluble crayons and fluid matte medium. Layer after layer of crayon was built up over the black. After working on white, this is a refreshing twist. I am looking forward to playing some more tonight.

More Inspiration

Talk about inspiring, I saw this on Face Book (Gabriela Avila’s page) and I had to share it with you.

Listen, look, and be inspired.

by Philip Scott Johnson 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western ArtMusic: Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo MaNominated as Most Creative Video2nd Annual YouTube AwardsFor a complete list of artists and paintings visit http://www.maysstuff.com/womenid.htm