Day to Day

Day moves forward
Into the next moment
Into the sunlight
Or rain cloud
as the clock ticks

Day moves forward
Into the morning
Into the hours of golden hue
Or grey mist
as the earth spins

Day moves forward
Into the afternoon
Into the warm haze
Or chilly fog
as the moon orbits

Day moves forward
Into the evening
Into the sunset
Or darker grey
as stars stretch

Day moves forward
Into midnight
Into the mix of blue
and deeper blue
as day moves to day

Words are Hard

Sometimes words come too easy, and other times they are hard to find.

When they come too easy, they can hold the door open for trouble to float right in behind. Speaking when frustrated can be cathartic, but can also stir emotions and hurts that have been hiding.

When words are hard to find, fear is often blocking the door, laughing while holding it closed to keep a process from moving forward.

Things I am learning as I ponder words and how they are received:

  • Pause before speaking, even for a moment
  • Take notes on what was said
  • Clarify if needed, ask questions
  • Take a breath, then exhale

Things I am learning for/about myself:

  • I have work to do
  • Ask more questions
  • Help others discover the answer, don’t give it to them
  • Teach others to learn, to ask, to be curuous

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger”
James 1:19 ESV

Palette Cleansing

As I sat down to work on something not knowing exactly what, I hit the top of my tumbler filled with water.

Most of the water went into the tray that is my watercolor palette. I suppose it was as good a time as any to clean it. It wasn’t terribly messy, but after the water splashed in, there didn’t seem to be much else I could do.

In those moments of accidents and mistakes, we have a choice to make. While sometimes there are other factors that figure into our reactions, what is our default?

I’m looking at this clean palette with eyes that see an opportunity to begin again. A clean slate to formulate new ideas, mix new colors, and maybe venture into a different direction.

*full disclosure, I don’t always react in the positive – I am human after all!

Keep on your #creativejourney, keep #lookingfordetails!

Create don’t stress

Traveling a little further down the path of this art journal, I’m finding it calming to use colors and simple words or phrases to help me process things.

I’ve looked at the field of art therapy a tiny bit, and consider parts of the little understanding I have as I select colors and make marks, and place words on a page. This art journal is more journal, less art but the creative process is part of the journey as I work through some of the thoughts and ideas I have.

The goal is to get them onto the page, so they can be worked out, considered, and resolved in needed, and, they aren’t stuck in my head.

It’s personal development, list making, idea capturing, learning, letting go, and so much more. It’s sometimes easier for me to use an image than to write out the paragraph. The visual reminder allows me to see the image, and recall some of the thought process I went through while sketching or coloring.

The pages may not make sense as if it were a book, but each one is related to my thoughts, and is part of the same story.

Catharsis

Catharsis, cathartic – what I’m experiencing as I work on this art journal project. I haven’t worked on much in the creative realm recently and was definitely feeling it. With new responsibilities at work over the last couple of years, not to mention the change in the surrounding world in that same time, day to day stressors have stepped up their game. I’m finding that as I simply work on writing out short phrases or words, thoughts and emotions find their way onto a page in either color or line.

While I’m not sure exactly when I started this journal, the pages were intended to be a place to process my journey in the new role(s) I’ve been given. My current role is one I’ve not had before, so my learning curve has been steep. There are some general human aspects that we learn as we live life with people, and I’ve been drawing on those experiences as much as I can. But there are other dynamics at play that require additional counsel.

This journal affords me a place to jot down a word or phrase, and get the concern or thought onto the page rather than keeping it in my head. As a journal, I don’t need to create a finished work of art to hang on a wall, or to gain someone’s approval. I’m simply creating a safe place for me to capture thoughts, express anxieties, and process next steps.

As an art journal, I can use marks, colors, and images to capture some of these as well. I don’t have to formally verbalize my thoughts, I can use images to represent fears and stressors and it allows the process to happen quickly without more overthinking. (I already do too much of that!)

It also allows me to use what materials I can access easily. If I don’t want to pull out paint, brushes, water, etc., I can use pen and ink or colored pencils. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and every page doesn’t need to be the same. In fact, that’s another beautiful thing about this process – every single page can be a different technique, medium, thought.

While each page can be unique, it does have a theme, or plot. The main character is provided an opportunity, which places them on a journey. What treasures, wisdom, pitfalls, dangers will they find along the way?

The story is just getting started, but I’m excited to find out!

Passing thoughts

I’ve been working a bit on the journaling. Nothing extravagant, but still a good process to work out some thoughts, while making marks on a page.

I think that’s one thing I really enjoy about making art of any kind: one word can spark an image, and that image can spark a paragraph or three. All the words don’t always appear on the page, but they are there, sitting beneath a shape, a mark, a color.

Step by step we move on.

Sunday starting point

What is Art Journaling?
There are so many options, and so much information out there that it feels a little overwhelming to undertake. But that’s just what I’m trying to do. I know about journaling, and I have a general idea of what is considered to be art, so combining the two is something I’m hoping will be a fun experiment and some much needed release of thoughts and emotion.

These past few months have been filled with stress, unknowns, and yes, even some fears! I think most of us have gone through a whole spectrum, cascade, whirlwind, whatever metaphor you want to put in that space – of emotion and thoughts and processing of all of it. I know I’m not unique in this, but I know I need to find the outlet to keep these things from continuing to build inside.

I think this can be a beautiful process, even if the “art” that comes from the process isn’t necessarily to everyone’s liking. I’m determining to start, and to keep moving forward with it for no other reason than that I need it.

I’m hoping to keep writing through this process, to share some pictures (probably sharing more on Instagram than in these posts), so please feel free to follow along there, and ask any questions you may have! This is a learning process for me, but I enjoy a good experiment with creativity and would love to have a conversation about it!

Beginning Again

The calendar has once again turned the page and the next in line has arrived. 2022 is underway, with mysteries and adventures waiting to be discovered.

As days turn to weeks, then months, then years, thoughts and ideas come and go. Plans are made and changed, and perhaps cancelled or rescheduled.

Words are spoken or not, feelings felt or dismissed, and life moves forward, or winds down.

As we step into this year, this moment, may the God of all peace go with you.

Notes for November

Where does time slip away to? We sit two weeks from Thanksgiving, and Christmas is soon after.

There are thoughts aplenty, but words, formed into sentences are few. Intentions scoot by every so often, but we all know where that gets us!

There are creative projects to work on, work related goals to ponder and solidify, and oh, meals and organization that should probably get done as well.

What have you been up to?

The Stories We Tell

Stories that tell of success
Others that examine our failures
Stories with a beginning, a middle, an end

Playful
Sad
Joy filled

Romantic
Angry
Stoic

A spectrum of human emotion
Contained in expression
Spoken, unspoken, seen, unseen

Walked out in words
Situated in sentences
Pasted into paragraphs

Arranged in albums
Between covers
Under headlines

A lifetime of learning
A whisper of beauty
A measure of being

Stories make us think
Stories make us feel
Stories make us human.

Find stories
Live stories
Tell stories.