I've often been asked about this - and people usually add "you should do this for living"... I only laugh because deep inside I know A) I couldn't possibly make a living doing art; B) I wouldn't probably want to turn art into something that I must do to make ends meet.
So... why do I create? When I look back at my humble beginnings I see a person that just wanted to escape the not-so-colourful reality of her world and create a world of her own, her personal haven.
As an introvert prone to depression, I used to escape into the world of books. But then I discovered the world of art journalling. It surprised me how quickly I came to like this art form. My journal doesn't contain “journalling” in its true sense because I keep a diary and – being slightly socially awkward - I don't want to share my deepest thoughts with anyone. But... it allows to show my mood and a little bit of the “real” me without revealing too much. So, it's basically "art in a journal" for me.
It bothers me a little bit that books and art don't go well together for me. Because when I paint, all my emotions and daydreams go onto the paper and then I have none left to accompany me to the fantasy worlds I like to read about. Recently, I've reached a compromise of sorts - audiobooks I can listen to while I paint.
I'm here with my May and June pages in what I still call the "Wanderlust" journal:
inspired byDyan Reaveley's class
inspired by Kate Crane's class
one of the "Activities" prompt "I'm like a ... that..."
We were supposed to be "working big" in one of Kasia's classes. I made a big master-board which I cut into smaller pieces and created covers for my future journals.
But I also wanted to have something in my journal so I used the leftover pieces to create this page. I'm not super thrilled about how it turned out, though...
As I promised last month, this is the finished mini-book from the "working small" class.
a minibook in a mini box
I felt slightly betrayed we only got a Finnabair interview this week
and not a class
inspired by Vicky Papaioannou's class
not inspired by anything particular - just me testing my brand new stencil
not inspired by anything particular - just me being in a very melancholy mood
inspired by Rae Missigman's class
Random "thought of the day":
I'm not a fan of the prompts that urge you to go outside your comfort zone. Yes, it's OK to try something new but this needs to come from within. You see some technique you've never tried before or you are scared of trying and you keep thinking about it and try it eventually - in your own time, at your own pace. But trying something uncomfortable just for the sake of trying - that is not right. This should be about you and not about going outside your box at all costs.
This is not supposed to be a rant - even though it might seem like one... it's just something that's been on my mind...
Also, I'm not sure how many people are reading this as I get close to zero feedback - which slightly discourages me from doing more detailed posts. I get into this "what's the point of this all" mood because I'm really not sure who's interested in this.