Saturday, January 18, 2014

welcome back!

I started the new year off taking an online workshop with Roxanne Evans Stout - found the class on a facebook journaling page. I have wanted to incorporate stitching into my art for a while and this was a good place to take that leap-

 


 
 
I started 5 books. The rest are languishing in the studio. My goal is to finish them this year. :)
 
There was a month at home. Sometime in December til January 10. My first trip of 2014 was vacation- a good omen- to the central California coast to see the elephant seals. What an amazing trip!
 
My friend Pamela invited me after our Driggs Swissy weekend in October. I showed her what I love about Jackson and she told me about the seals and invited me to come visit. What a gift!
 
I love this guy- he looks like a happy sea monster to me
 
 
here's how a male seal looks not zoomed in- beautiful coastline-
 
 
this shot is immediately after the pup was born- scale provided by the seagull (who is looking for tasty afterbirth)

 
pup and male

 
fam on the beach- and yes, they're loud!

 
got some great bird shots too-
 


 
 
My resolution for 2014 is to be kinder to myself- I plan to blog more often, and to focus more on my art- but photos are art and where and what I see I go informs art down the road......
 
 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

happy new year!

toward the end of 2013 I finally got my word for the year (surrender) journal page to a tolerable spot. 
 
 
I did make art that reflected my word last year
 
 

but it was good to have the word and language and art in my journal before the year ended :)
 
I also covered up 2 pages of me writing about being afraid to use the beautiful book that Lisa gave me for my birthday with a spread about how I will be brave and use the book as it should be used-
 
 
no fear is a good way to journal. I am going to try really hard to live there in 2014. I am not by nature introspective, so it's hard enough to put aside time to sit down and think about myself, let alone commit to paper with marginal drawing skill. nevertheless there is likely value there, so I will try.
 
in that spirit, I joined a facebook group called a stand for art journaling and found an online class called the thread that weaves taught by roxanne evans stout . i was most interested in the stitching, but as with most journaling classes there was more involved than mere technique.
 

one prompt was to collect colors that remind you of this season, pile, tie together, write on a scrap of paper & tie it all together. oddly, i chose to journal
 


 

 my thoughts on the threads in my art and my life-

 
the actual classwork to follow- i have one of 5 books done- if you follow great wide open art on facebook you've seen it.
 
 
 and another very close-
 

 emerging themes: west (top); warmth (next) and (not pictured) raven, nest and winter.

i will do a post on the process and progress soon-