This is a page from my “Art” art journal. I was trying to think of ways to describe what art means to me
And for me art is obsessive, in both good and bad ways. When I start an art project or decide to try something new , it can pretty much takes over my life. It’s all I want to do and other things get push to the background. That’s good for the art, but not so good for my house or the quality of meals that my family gets. I usually get a big obsessive burst and then things start to settle down a bit, at least until the next obsession hits.
You can get a sense that my emotional state has improved by this piece. I first created the stencil then used markers and gel pens for this
.I was trying to think of positive thoughts to inspire myself. I especially liked “imagine greatness”. I really believe that we all have more talent and abilities than we are aware of. I think that our own fears are what keep us from discovering them. Whether its a fear of trying something new or fear of reaching for something more. I think we are often the only thing holding us back. Just imagine what you could do if you didn’t have any self doubt.
I had an epiphany recently. I was thinking that we always tell our kids that they can do anything that they set their mind to. And we believe it. Why then do we stop feeling that way about ourselves? Why is it so easy to think that your kids can do anything but we can’t? It had me rethinking my future and opening myself up to some bigger dreams than I would have dared to consider before.
So my suggestion for today is to make something that will encourage you. Do an art journal page with an encouraging phrase, or a painting with positive words, or just doodle the words “you can do it”. The voice in your head is the one that you hear the most so strive to make some of those thoughts encouraging ones!!
I love this quote. Does this mean that if you are creative that you don’t have good sense?
I think Picasso was onto something with this thought. If we were being practical we wouldn’t create art. Especially in this day with technology the way it is. There are computers and machinery that can make just about everything that I can. So why do it? . Because we enjoy it? Because it is in our nature? Because we have to? It’s probably all of the above.
I did this as a tribute to the positive steps that I was taking in my emotional life and how they were seen in my art life. When I started painting and doing art journaling my work seemed very dark. This piece still has some of that. The purple,as a cool color seems sad to me. But it has lighter colors like the pink and green that seem more neutral. I really see this as a visible step in the right direction. Just like it takes many steps to accomplish any art project, it takes many steps to recover from the damages to your mind from depression and anxiety. But I have been taking steps. The great thing about taking steps, be they baby steps or long strides, is they get you moving.
Just point yourself in the right direction and take those baby steps.
This was me trying to move beyond my anxiety and start creating art again. I’m sure that most artists have that same feeling. Where do you start? What do you want it to look like? Will it be good enough? Should I even start? There are alot of negative thoughts that can confront you before you start any project. I know that I have felt them. I also know that it always gets better once I start. The doubts seem to take a backseat once I’m doing something. I often wonder how many people have great artistic gifts but don’t know it because they are afraid of not being good. I don’t want to be one of those people. I know that I will never be a great artist, but I am good enough for me. And every time that I try something I get better.
If fear is stopping you from starting, ask yourself why. What are you really afraid of? If its of failing than remember it only has to be for you. No one has to see your art unless you want to show them. I have done tons of projects that no ones really seen, but I felt like making them. And I am more skilled because of it.
So go have fun and make something!!
I was pleased with the way this turned out. I used crumpled tissue paper and gel medium to get the texture. Then added the zentangle designs.
I was really happy with the way this turned out but it makes me sad to look at. This was a really good depiction of my feelings at the time; trapped and bound by fear. Even though its painful to look back at this, I should really see it as inspirational because it gives me a way to measure how far I’ve come.
When I first started doing Art journaling I was in a very bad place emotionally and some of my pieces definetely show that. I strongly remember feeling this way. I think we are all afraid of doing difficult things, but things were a little more severe for me. Difficult for me was leaving the house
I was really excited when I came up with this idea. I was just doing different splatters of color on the page for a background. Then I started to look at the pattern that it made and I just really liked it. I decided that instead of it being a background it was the end product. I liked the idea that if you look at anything you could find something artist about it. So that was the message. Art is everywhere. I didn’t the opposite page the same way. It continues the thought that Art is in everything. I would suggest that when you get a chance just look around and see what catches your eye. It doesn’t have to be a beautiful sunset or a perfect rose bud. Just look for something artistic, anything that captures your attention. It could be the shape of your child’s coat that has been strewn across the floor, the splatters of baby food on the wall, a line of mowed grass or a shadow on the floor. There is art everywhere, sometimes we just have to look.
I go though phases where I like to do a lot of similar things or styles and then go off to something else. I have an obsessive yet short attention span. Lately I’ve been making a lot of Fan Art . These are some of the paintings I’ve done for The Hunger Games. Here are a couple more pictures Catching fire
And Mocking Jay