So…I’m playing catch up with #DailyArtDevotions 40-day #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley. I found out the reason I’ve not been feeling good is that I have strep. Normally, I would push through anyway, but not this time. I listened to my body which was clearly telling me to slow down, and I took a few days off from everything and laid on the couch binge-watching some old and new shows. I’m still not 100%, so I’m taking things slowly.
For Day 12, I made a collage that represented the many different lives I thought I would be living. As I was looking at pictures to cut out, many dream lives from different stages of my life came up for me. Some I’ve achieved even if for a brief moment, others I have learned to let go of.
Here are a few that came up for me. I’m sure there are many more.
It was fun thinking about all the dreams I have had for myself over the years.
For Day 13, I added wings with a stencil and gesso to a magazine ad that I thought was beautiful. I added a kind of golden energy around her and coming to her from above to serve as a reminder that I don’t have to do everything on my own. I also added some white dots to serve as magical stars. Both the gold spirals and magical stars were added with paint pens since it was a glossy ad that I used.
I am not feeling well today, and in addition to that, I’ve got the beginnings of a migraine. It seems fitting then that the focus of this page for day 10 of #DailyArtDevotions is on my fear of creativity monster.
I sketched and colored my monster, and then decided I wanted a colorful background to symbolize the creativity he is standing guard over. It really does feel sometimes that I have to go to battle with him in order to gain access to my creativity.
And…after looking at him for quite some time, I realize he has a striking resemblance to one my exes…hmmm…interesting 😜
For Day 9 of the #DailyArtDevotions 40-day #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley, I turned my fears into flowers.
It is no wonder that I struggled mightily while creating this page. Layer after layer, it looked like a total mess. Parts of the paper even started to come up and peel off, and I had no idea how to fix it. But…I just kept going.
Maybe this experience was the Universe showing me exactly how to handle all these fears I have about creating: Just keep going in spite of the fear and something beautiful will eventually emerge.
Maybe that is the reward for not giving up.
For Day 7 of #DailyArtDevotions 40-day #artjournal #journey with Elizabeth Foley, I created a visual representation of what my path feels like to me. I am somewhat stuck in “Just Stay Here,” because it feels like there are too many paths to follow, and I cannot decipher which one is the “best one,” or the “right” one, for me. They are all calling “Go Here!” I want to follow them all, afraid if I choose one over the other I will miss something or make the wrong decision. But, I would need many lifetimes to explore them all. So, for now, I’m at a standstill, dipping my toe on this path or that path, but too afraid to fully commit to one over the other. I did have the realization while I was coloring this in that, in some ways, I am lucky to have so many possibilities, and that maybe I should just jump on one and see where it goes, or maybe, just maybe, choose the grass or the water or the sand, and leave all the already-forged paths behind. I wonder what that might look like!
For day six of the #DailyArtDevotions #artjournal 40-day journey with Elizabeth Foley, I created a Chagall-esque painting using Derwent Inktense pencils adding water to make it a watercolor painting. I added some sparkle with a glitter gel pen, though it’s hard to see it in this photo. Daylight is gone now, so it was difficult getting a good photo. It felt good to be loose and free with my sketches and just letting everything flow onto the page like a dream while letting my heart lead instead of my head.
For day three of the #DailyArtDevotions 40-day #artjournal journey with Elizabeth Foley, I used day two’s quote for inspiration. I had planned on creating a self-portrait as a way to symbolize showing up to do the work. However, my first attempt was…well…terrible is putting it nicely. So, I pulled the watercolor paper off the page with the intention of gluing another sheet onto the page, but then I saw the rough surface, and I wondered what it would be like to create on the remnants of a torn off sheet of paper. I thought it would add some really cool texture to the drawing, and it did.
My intention was to try a self-portrait again, but it didn’t really work out that way. I used a photo of myself and then traced over it and transferred it onto the page with transfer paper, but when I did, the features did not show up on the rough surface. So, I just added features myself. I then used Ecoline markers, Bombay inks, and Posca pens to create the page below.
The quote from Julia Cameron does not have “love & approve” in it, only “approve,” but I accidentally put “love” so I added the “&” and kept on going. I made a lot of “mistakes” with this page, but I am proud of myself for staying with it. It is helping me to build confidence and proving that I can come up with solutions to unexpected issues both in my art and in my life.
For this 40-day journey, I am willing to give up my need to be perfect and create perfectly. Instead, I am just going to create, create, create, and hope that the perfectionist, critical voice will be silenced or at least will be a very gentle whisper by the end of the 40 days.
Though I was very hesitant to repurpose an old book, it is now one of my favorite things about this journey. I never would have thought to make an art journal out of an old cookbook!
For day two of #DailyArtDevotions with Elizabeth Foley, I continued prepping my repurposed book for my #artjournal by gluing pages together and adding watercolor paper, different colored cardstock paper, canvas paper, and black art paper. Then I completed the first page with watercolor, gold gesso (which I made by mixing gold acrylic paint and white gesso), calligraphy markers, and a sketch I had drawn on tracing paper that I glued onto the page. Then I worked on a few additional pages in the journal. I added the mandala that I created during the Art of Spiritual Living Retreat into this art journal, and I think I will color it in at some point. The travel page is cut out from one of my favorite magazines, Daphne’s Diary.