Archive for January, 2015
From my desk this week:
HAPPY GROUNDHOG’S DAY!
Spring Equinox – this means we are halfway through winter and halfway to spring! YIPPEE!
I feel like I have turned a corner in my life – hit my Groundhog’s day, so to say. Probably more than halfway to the end, but maybe not. Better late than never – right?
WAKE UP CALL!
In May of 2013 my husband of 43 years (at that time) had a massive heart attack. (He survived.) He had just turned 64 years old. Way too young for such an event – in my humble opinion. It was a gigantic wake up call for both of us as well as for many folk close to us. Of course there was the immediate scramble to cover the bases, we still had to eat, clean house, get kids to school and all the daily stuff that he normally was a part of.
Art Prompt: Bind in a couple of folios (one folded sheet that makes 4 pages) of tinted watercolor paper to a homemade journal.
Writing Prompt: Write about your experience of painting or drawing on a tinted background.
These weekly prompts are not intended to make an entire page but instead are meant to inspire your art journaling and to give you a starting point.
Art Prompt: Make three journal covers this week. Make a different style each time to see what you love, not just what will do. There are dozens of how to videos over at YouTube if you need help or just some inspiration.
Writing Prompt: Write about who you are or what you think about yourself when you contemplate having an extravagant journal.
Conscious Consumer Tip: Use left over wrapping ribbons to jazz up your journal fastening. It only takes a few inches.
From my desk this week:
I know, I know – we have been working on this year for a little over two weeks now! AND it is still the New Year and I am still working on my intentions and plans for 2015.
Have More Experiences and Less Stuff!
This is my highest intention for 2015. It leads me to other plans and actions for this year.
To have more experiences:
- Take quality online art journaling classes and use them thoroughly before starting another one. Participate in the class communities.
- Share the classes, books and artists I discover with friends so we can learn together.
- Donate time to teaching art journaling classes to contribute to the quality of life for:
- Seniors at the Senior Center and to
- Youngsters at the local Rec Centers and in my studio
- Take IRL (In Real Life) classes at local studios. This definitely a case of use or lose.
- Take other classes that support me in ridding my home, studio and office of excess stuff.
- Travel and live away from my house at least three months of this year.
- Keep extensive traveling art journals while away to capture the experiences.
- Participate in local art or language classes where ever I travel .
To have less stuff in my studio:
- Make my own journals using what I already have in my studio – a fail already, because someone gave me a beautiful art journal for my birthday and I intend to use it this year. Luckily I plan to go through many many art journals and travel journals this year.
- Use up excess supplies and materials in my studio by making products for sale.
- Join other artists to buy in bulk when an item is needed.
- Spend budget on good paper, ink and paint – not storage bins or fancy fads
- Share and give freely of my bountiful art.
Do you have any specific intentions/goals/resolutions around your art or studio for 2015? We would love to hear them and if they fit – steal them to forward growing as artists and citizens of this planet we call home. Tell us in the comments section here or on our Facebook Page.
Art Prompt: Make a new journal cover. Either paint the cover on a store bought journal or paint some canvas or duck cloth and adhere it to you current cover.
Writing Prompt: Write about your art journaling intentions for 2015 – in your 2015 Art Journal
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I am in the throes of completing the Old Year – 2014 so I can have a clean slate for the New Year – 2015. I have done this every year for at least 15 years and I find it the most powerful of all my practices for living a present and conscious life.
When I first started doing this I made up my own questions and goal-setting exercises. Now – as it has become a popular as well as an effective exercise – there are several websites and activities oriented around your effectiveness and productivity.