Monday, August 18, 2008

Today I Begin

I promised myself that my art journal was not going to sit and wait for me to have the perfect space with all of the perfect tools lined up ready to go. Today, I stole some time and using what was easily available, created a reflection of what I am thinking about my art.

Today I Begin...

...creating what I feel.
...learning how to express ideas in a new way.
...experimenting with tools and colors in a powerful new way.
...finding my way home.

As I thought about my art today, I felt my foundation for all of my art has always been collage, so I started with the checkerboard background of individual pieces. I used a fabric stamp from India to add a flower using paint to reflect the growth I'm seeking through my art journal. I used paint pens to add additional concepts and give myself some last minute advice for the journey.

The photo distorts the colors, muddying them a bit. I need to find a good light location in my house to capture the real colors of my art.

But none of this matters nearly as much as this: Today I begin a new phase of my journey.


miscellanea said...

Congrats on opening the new book, facing the blank page, and rising to the challenge of making your mark. The colors are beautiful and unique. I love the smudges of paint or ink on the "Home" tag; makes me feel the hand of the artist and the rush of creation.

Also, the leaf stamp is quite cool!

brenda Pinnick said...

very cool! Isn't it wonderful when you find you have unexpected time for creating. THis is beautiful and a wonderful start to your art journal. Keep it UP!

[Charlene] said...

Thank you, ladies, for the support. It brought a tear to my eye to read your kind comments.

The stamp is a fabric stamp and isn't quite level enough for paint and paper. I think it would work better in encaustic, but I'm going to just keep trying it in new ways.

Road Trip With Ruby said...

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dime store daze said...

LOve the Journal cover. Great colors.
Enjoy it.

rivergardenstudio said...

This is such a wonderful page, I love your colors and the mosaic of stamps... beautiful piece of art! Roxanne

Heather Robinson said...

Bravo! You've taken the first step in making a promise to yourself to overcome the blinding white of art journal pages. Thank you for the honour of seeing these pages as you create them. I'm in awe! Thank you also for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. I'll be back to see your progress.