Saturday, March 8, 2014

adventures and journaling

since the last post I made a business trip to texas and took my book-
this is the first page, which sums up travel for me- movement and waiting. learning to be in the moment and accept what's happening- not a lot of point in fighting or wailing, make the best of things. it's been a good lesson for me to learn.
i always enjoy looking out the window of the plane, trying to figure out where we are and seeing patterns. flying into lubbock there is a lot of flat farm ground, neatly sectioned out and watered with center pivot irrigation. browns and greens. the walnut ink background worked out really well for this page.

i had so much fun making that book that i decided to do one for personal trips too-

i opted for a bright, colorful wash on some of the pages

just the right color scheme for the keys (and sunny vacation days anywhere, really)

i also took an old book that I've been using- i cut pages out and glue others together to form a sturdy background, then texture with tape and tissue and prepare different backgrounds. this book goes in the suitcase.
first page started at my friend's house outside at their tiki bar. not too bad for drawing in the dark drinking rum :) still needs work.

did this after getting home. something my friend said that struck me- "i remember the day i decided to be happy"- it is a choice, every day. i don't remember the day i decided to be happy, but i do remember understanding that i am responsible for my own happiness and how i am in the world.

i am curious to see how this work comes back into my art. i'm taking a leave from the gallery because of all of the travel I'm looking at until april, so i have the luxury of playing in these books and trying new things- be fun to see how it comes together.

off to chicago, ft worth, so cal, Portland and phoenix- lots of drawing opportunities-

1 comment:

Barb said...

Marianne - the link from your name wouldn't go directly to your contact page as it usually does. It says your profile hasn't been made public...I used my dashboard to finally reach you! Your books are so intricate and interesting looking. I think they'll be a great reminder of your travels and a stimulus for your art. Sounds like you're doing lots of traveling. So much snow here at altitude. I just booked a trip to AZ in April - to visit my friend, Mary. Can't wait to spend time in the desert.