Monday, October 20, 2014

In the forest

Here are a few steps in my art journal page, which I am sharing at Art Journal Journey for the October theme of Deep in the forest.
I use old books for my journal, and usually start with some paint or gesso
Today I added some leafy texture with this little stencil.  The paint looks black, but is actually deep purple.
Of course after that I got carried away.  I painted some branches and leaves in and added some text.  It says "Like Art, forests just have to grow."
A few close - ups

Here are the rest of today's bits and pieces!
I finished the shell drawing.  I am quite happy with it.
My 5 minute warm ups
And I finished the free motion stitched feather!

Happy creating!

I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to delete the following epistle, but ultimately decided to leave it in.  I have put it down here so that you don't have to read it if you just want to look.

I have been thinking lately that my posts are becoming repetitive and that I should make them a little more exciting, but as I was taking my daily walk I really thought about my priorities with blogging.
As it happens, I had been wondering recently whether I wanted to continue blogging, for just this reason, the pressure to produce something of interest to other people.
And then of course I came back to the reason I started blogging - not to get lots of followers or to BE someone, but to just keep a record of what I do, and to see what other people are doing.
I don't know how many of you out there are aware of my situation, or where my life is at right now.
I live a long way out in the bush in a tiny town of about 300 people.  Not only am I isolated in this way, I am also isolated because  I cannot drive due to panic attacks, so I really only exhibit work at two nearby shows each year and cannot attend any larger art groups for the same reason.
My blog therefore is my life line to the art world.  Without it I would never have met a wide range of artists and crafters from all over the world and my work would not be anything like it is.
Basically I have decided that I need to blog, but, rather than blogging being  the aim of my work, it is best to simply make the work the aim and the blog a simple record.
It is like the dilemma when you choose between making the art that is inside you and making the art that buyers (or readers) want.  I already know that when art making becomes a job, for example with commissions, It is harder for me to be creative.  For me it is best not to go down that road.  Perhaps if I was still young and just setting out, then I could develop that discipline, but not this late in life.  I am set in my ways.


  1. I adore your leave spread with those gorgeous words you have added. The warm ups are fab.. every artist have to do warm ups and it's good to see that not just I need them. YOur free motion stitched feather is just AMAZING!
    I can feel with you - but that you are kind of isolated is rather a gift as a disatvantage believe me.. I extra moved on countryside to be more alone with myself ... that's the very best for me ....I enjoy every single minute in my own company...
    And yes.. we can meet so many other artisit nowadays via web .. we are blessed!

    Happy week and I hope you continue blogging and blogging and blogging..
    I love your art!
    Thank you for another fantastic entry for Art Journal Journey!

  2. And I forgot to mention that this shell drawing is brilliant!

  3. One of the best blogs I read that is pretty much a chronicle for the writer is

    Sheila is a friend and writes for herself first and others later.


  4. Wonderful art journal spread, and the shell drawing is fantastic!Valerie

  5. your leaves look wonderful and yes purple on my screen too.
    How I wish I lived in the countryside and not in a city which can be and is very lonely.
    As you say blogging keeps you in touch with all of us you must continue as your work is all so inspiring and crative, the shell is amazing and needs to be seen by as many people as possibe

  6. I really love your fantastic green page and I like the super shell drawing. Mar

  7. I'm sad to read that you can't drive because of your panic attacs. That must be very hard for you. I live as well very far outside and I can not imagine how to come along without my car... And that you can't drive must have a very sad story by itself... I'm sorry for that.

    And I wouldn't have thought that you do pictures just for the blog, thinking your reader want to see something like that. I thought you do your wonderful art the way it comes out of you.
    Your pictures are so beautiful so artful, your sketches are unbelievable und your warm ups are interesting every day.

    Just do what you want to do! What's good for you.

    Best, Beate

  8. Wonderful pages, you really brought the light out of your deep colors. The feather is amazing. xox

  9. As another blogger that has questioned my reason for blogging, I can feel your angst. All I can offer is that your creativity shines through in in the items your portray in your blog and I for one would miss being inspired by your various artistic pieces.

  10. I have been remiss in following your blog. I guess we're all busy, but I had some time today to catch uo. Love your machine embroidered leaf !
    I have had the some wonderings about y own blog and yes, it ultimately is my own on-line journal, it keeps me motivated and more than that, a few very nice friends have been found ... so keep up the good work !


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