Monday, May 9, 2016

Telling Your Story in Many Ways

by Carol






I suddenly find myself fascinated with painting. OK, It's not sudden. Besides a library, an art museum is my favorite way to spend a morning. (I really should do that more than once a year...) It's just that - I never thought that I could actually paint. I've written here before about playing around with different kinds of art. But the thing is, it's more than that. I think it's my age. And I also think it's on-line learning. When I was younger I never consciously felt like I was afraid of other people's criticism. But I guess I was, because I never even tried to do all the things I loved.

 In recent years, its been a "what the hell" attitude. I try free tutorials in everything that interests me. There are so many of them on Pinterest, and You Tube. I've tried paper-making, and collage,and acrylics,etc.  I try them at home and if I am terrible at them ------OK hold on there  ---- that is an old message. People are not naturally terrible at things - they just don't know how to do them. And it takes time (which none of us have) to learn them.



Then last summer  when I attended the cross discipline workshop in Rhode Island (which I wrote about here), the artists were so encouraging, that "can't" just left my vocabulary, and as Yoda says, suddenly there "is no try," - I simply "do" Somewhere along the way, I think I just decided that these things were a fun way to spend an afternoon. Just as in photography, I can get into the zone and a morning can pass just like that. Last summer I invited a friend to join me at a photography workshop. She likes photography, but her love and her background are in painting, and since retiring recently, she's been diving back in. I've been spending a few days a month painting with her, and it's really fun.



I also have expanded my journaling. I have always liked to write, but never consistently journaled for any extensive amount of time. But in Rhode Island, when the artists opened they're colorful journals full of quotes and scribbles, and washes of background blues and greens, I fell in love. The other day, a friend of my daughter's who was an art major, showed me her gorgeous travel journal. She recently went to Spain, and kept a journal.

So what do you think of when you hear "journal?" Mine are filled with words - my whole trip to France last year full of facts and anecdotes, with photos pasted in sometimes. I know many of my FOL sisters keep scrapbooks with the history of their activities. But this little travel journal was a revelation. It was obvious to me that this young woman thinks in pictures as clearly as I think in words. One page would have a pen and ink sketch of one of those beautiful, ancient buildings in Madrid, full of turrets and hallways, and arches. It was a sketch - nothing more - it had a few watercolor highlights on its facade - but it spoke volumes. The next page would have a picture of the four of them sitting around a table. And you could see exactly the European style meal they had shared. One person was laughing. There were little cutouts from tourist brochures pasted into corners. One page was a freehand topographical map of their route. I'm telling you, it was like reading a book about their trip - completely understandable to this novice. Even more fun, her other journals just followed her interest - little hands depicting the sign language alphabet on one page, the planetary symbols on another - then ancient runes. Whatever she bumps into she really looks at.




I've been keeping a collection of artist's journals in Pinterest. I've  doodled in one since January. I took  a course by Jane Davenport (which was not free - but she has free tutorials on you tube) which was called "Supplies Me." It exposes you to different mediums and how to use them, and I've been filling the pages with that. But after seeing and digesting all the possibilities with journals, I just signed up for an art journaling class. I'm sure mine will not be all art. It will have lots of writing, and I will follow my interests. There will definitely be some photographs in it - but all that color makes it so much prettier! So I guess I'm a closet artist now - unbelievable!I will tell my story in words and in pictures, as well as with my first love - photography.



Do you journal? Do you use words or pictures? What methods and styles do you use? I'm looking for ideas, and would love to see what you do. Post some fun pages, would you please? And please don't forget to follow your dreams!










12 comments:

AFishGirl said...

Lovely to see and read this to start the week. I admire your art very much. I've never been able to journal so I just blog and do Project Life. Oh, and write in my fishing log book. Wishing you all a peaceful week with double joy.

Carol said...

A fishing log is an interesting concept - what do you record in it??

Dotti said...

Carol, our Renaissance Queen. I love it!!!! We'll have to make you the Artistic Director at FOL. It's a pay increase. In all seriousness, I love this! I love that you're branching out, stretching your artistic eye and artistic muscles. Such an inspiration to all of us. You might have to share more when we're together.

Dotti said...

Oh! And the journal by sketching - BRILLIANT!

Roxi Hardegree said...

Oh, I love these! I've been dabbling myself a little this year. Art is healing and it amazes me what starts coming out on the page.

Carol said...

Me too Roxy! The journal course is online by Jane LaFazio - she's really fun - take a look!
(PS - Dotti - Ill take the pay raise....

terriporter said...

Oh, Carol, I so admire your adventurous spirit! I tend to be more the "I'm going to be terrible at it so I'm not even going to try" type. But sometimes we surprise ourselves and we definitely learn something about ourselves along the way. My journaling is strictly in my photo albums but that has come a long way since I first started scrapbooking. I used to add in the facts only. Now I tell the story and the memories are so much more complete. But I guess my "art" will always be photography. I love it and when someone wants to introduce me to something else (quilting, drawing, etc.) I say I only have time for one obsession and that's photography!

AFishGirl said...

Carol, I write in what I learned (and there are about ten million things to learn about fishing) and what the weather was like and if we had tea in a thermos and just the little story of each trip we go on. This year's off to a good start, lots of trout journeys.

kelly said...

carol i just love this so much. i think with art, once you sort of open the door - say with photography - you discover how much more there is inside that wants to come out. at least that has been my experience. i love that you are listening to that voice and expressing your creativity. i love that you are learning and trying new things! what an awesome way to start the week!

Cathy H. said...

What an encouraging post! We never know until we try something whether it appeals to us or not. I'm more the "I wish I could do that, but I'm no artist" kind of person. I do journal. I keep several in fact, but mine are writing journals. I have one for daily thoughts, one for my Bible study, one for memories and I do Project Life as a weekly journal. I love the idea of art journaling, have a board on Pinterest with ideas, but I've never really begun. I need to go check our your board on Pinterest. I'd love to see some more of your art and your journal pages.

sherrygaley.com said...

You may have been in the closet as an artist at one point Carol, but no longer! You are really on to something here. Keep it going my friend. Your talent knows no bounds!

Carol said...

you are all so kind -now go out and try something new;)

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