hey peepers. :-)
ok, a few things here that i feel are really important to say.
I read an interesting post today on Danny Gregory's blog about journaling.
(*I'll be putting the link at the end of this post, so you can all read it for yourselves.)
(watercolour on paper)
It was about the importance (or the irrelevance) of journaling,
depending on whose opinion you share.
The mere thought of not journaling
sends me into convulsions.
ok, i'm exaggerating, but you know what i mean.
I am who i am today because of journaling.
I almost said 'I am who i am as an artist'... but really,
journaling is more than that for me.
It has not only allowed me to sharpen my skills
as an artist,
but it has given me the space i needed
to make sense of my world.
To see myself through different eyes.
To give my thoughts a voice.
To help me move past some of the dark days.
Journaling allows me to chronicle parts of my life
in a way that feels liberating.
Without fear or pressure.
Without an agenda.
It allows me to put my feelings/thoughts to paper,
so they can slowly make their way
out of my heart
and onto the page,
and leave room in my heart
for more good stuff.
Maybe that's what wrong with the world today.
Too many people have their hearts crammed with crappy stuff
and there's no room in there anymore
for the good stuff when it comes along.
Maybe they don't even recognize it as good stuff?
You should all be relieved that i journal.
I'd be a fucking mess if i didn't.
I'm just saying. ;-)
A journal doesn't need to be one thing or another.
It can be precise and perfect
or it can be dark and depressing.
Because, my friends, that's what life is!
That's the beauty of an art journal.
It can be meaningful to you
and absolutely meaningless to others...
when i look at these yellow flowers,
i am brought back to that precise time in my life
and to what was happening at that time,
and it reminds me of how far i've come.
Keep journaling folks.
Keep making art.
The world would be a happier place
if there were more artists in it.
god knows we have enough lawyers. ;-)
oh, and the link to the Danny Gregory blogpost is here.
(i so admire this man and his work, i can't even tell you...)