There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
― Steve Maraboli,
I made three art journal pages this week preparing for the Get Messy Art Journal experience beginning in February. I’m also exploring my limitations, getting ready to unapologetically leave my artistic (and cosmic?) comfort zone.
I was feeling angry earlier in the week so decided to do a double page with that word. It wasn’t fun to do (anger was a big negative for much of my life) and I got stuck for a while on the page and the feeling. Then I figured I’d better just finish it to get past the subject! As with most art journal pages (at least mine so far), there is a lot of personal symbolism in the work. I am artistically and emotionally happy with the angry page 😉 .
Then I moved on to the peace and serenity of one of my spirit animals, Bear. I love the symmetry and balance in the piece. Two mistakes happened along the way tho. First, I dropped a pat of butter on the Bear totem… (you can see the grease if you look closely)… I have to remember to be super careful making my art on the only table I have available in the motor home, the dining table! As you can see, Tuxedo Jack took advantage of the journal for his nap… paper with eau d’ butter, what could be better to a cat?
I went back to double-check the Medicine Cards I used for reference (by Jamie Sams and David Carson)… It turns out Bear’s message is introspection, not what I wrote, inspiration… GEEZZZZZ! I like ‘happy mistakes’ like acknowledging the word inspiration must have a place on this page, but I also want to be guided by the Bear’s message, SO I added introspection on the left.
I’m so happy I did. I like how much the word adds meaning AND visual strength. And check out how awesome the picture looks with inverse colors (using Enlight app for iPhone), it accentuates the concept of being in a cave.
Today I finished “No One Expresses Me Like Me”.
I’ll be honest, I’m having a lot of trouble with the writing on the page. I love the art marker colored cat with daffodils and my own zentangling layered with colored paper in controlled chaos, but the uneven and child-like nature of the “No One Expresses Me Like Me” script throws me off-balance. Yet I really like the words as a title. What am I going to do about it? Nothing… the idea is GET MESSY… be yourself, warts, mistakes, maybe not mistakes at all, and all. Maybe it’s just who I am at this moment… me expressing me being unapologetically me! Eeeek… comfort zone crumbling…
Tell me which one you resonate with! As always I am so pleased that you visited. Your comments warm my heart and put a smile in my day.