The perfect antidote to holiday stress. . .pick up a pen and start sketching. Ahhhhh! So relaxing.
Referring to her art journal pieces I believe, Muse Marilyn was telling me she just couldn’t figure out how to finish her pieces (or something like that) and so hadn’t tried lately. So I told her what I have learned for myself. We can’t figure it out in our heads, or look to the sky and expect to see shapes in the clouds which tell us what to do (like Einstein), or have visions in meditation of finished images that we then copy when we go to our table.
No! We sit or stand at our table and start to play around with what’s there (hopefully we’ve left out all kinds of tantalizing colors and pictures and stuff to play with). Then while we’re playing, some piece of something comes to rest near something else and peaks our interest. We’re off and running and now we don’t need “ideas” because there’s something else just coming into awareness that we simply must try. . .and soon we are hoping that no one interrupts us because now we’ve got the train moving. “Leave me alone world!” we want to shout. It’s coming. It’s coming.
My studio is one big mess right now. No workshops coming up again til January. The book is done and I’m waiting for my copies to arrive. I’m making covers for my six years of art journals with lots of cutting and pasting. Lots of fun. So while I’m up to this book making stuff I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the Saturday Muse group’s entries in the Traveling Muse Journals from last month – great illustrations for this creative process of art journaling!
Each of these pieces is a response to a different theme which was set by the book’s originator. The book is taken home by a new member each month.