Unapologetically Me… Eeeek

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, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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.


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Angry, 1.19.16


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 😉 .


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Bear, 1.20.16


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?

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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.


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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.


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Today I finished “No One Expresses Me Like Me”.


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Unapologetically uncomfortable!


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.

 

10 thoughts on “Unapologetically Me… Eeeek

  1. SarahC

    I enjoy seeing your posts and you gave me an idea, one i had forgotten………I can use old things scan them in as picture to ‘chop’ up in my post for image as i Mess with pictures for bloggy! Thanks 🙂

  2. Meghan Post author

    Aw, thanks n… I’m glad to hear your wording issue thoughts… you are right, quirky and individualistic is a good way to see it. I am glad to be joining a group called Get Messy because I know I need to give myself more freedom of messy expression… more coloring outside of the lines… more abandonment with my lines and colors. This group will help me give myself permission.
    Glad you are inspired by the idea of hibernating … and I’m sure those daffodils will be popping up right and left after all that snow melts and life warms up.

  3. Meghan Post author

    Yes! So very true Vanessa. I’m pleased you dropped by. This last fall on our ranch in McCall, ID I met two of my spirit animals in our woods. Deer and a Bear … (encounter with bear was no danger btw). Lovely! Oh and these woods are where the forest fairies live… besides feeling their energy and hearing their twitters, I found a fairy circle of mushrooms this fall. I’ll be including them in my art journal pages for sure.

  4. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Genevieve. For the Angry page I had a copy of Black Beauty I’d gotten at Goodwill for the purpose of cutting it up. I spent one evening cutting out all the words that might relate to my interpretation of Angry and its resolution, positive and negative. The other writing and quotes I found online and printed them on my printer. Today I picked up some magazines which I hope to find words in for future pages. The color on my printer doesn’t work so I’m limited to black and white and shades of yuck. I too love the Bear. I’ll be doing a series of my spirit animals as the inspiration hits.

  5. nharvey

    You make such lovely compositions of imagery. I must say that I don’t have a problem with the wording on the second… to me it comes across as quirky, in line with the idea of individuality.

    These really hit the spot for me today. Biding time through the blizzard, I feel like a bear in her cave, and the daffodils encourage me that spring will push through in just two months.

  6. Vanessa

    These are lovely pages. The bear one, sweet serendipity! I find that the more you invite it in, the more it shows up – both in life and in art

  7. Genevieve

    I love these. The words you added to the Anger pages are so perfect. Do you find them in books? Or type them and print them? I like the Bear page the best. The little things hanging from his circle are awesome. So mysterious….

  8. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Mary! It is truly freeing not thinking I have to make money with my art or blog. What a burden that has been. I’m retired and Tim works PT and we have enough! What more could I ask?

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