We have passed the darkest day of the year. Now the light should be coming out sooner – and staying longer. But who am I kidding, I still go to work in dark, and leave it once it is dark again. The fact that I don’t have a window to look out of means that there are in fact days where I don’t even get to witness daylight. This also bodes ill for the dog. She needs a bath – she is starting to smell… like a dog. While I accept that she is a dog , that doesn't mean I want her to smell like one. My realization has been that in the past I walked her more often, and thus needed to hose her down more often to rid her mud and other less savory odoriferous articles she had rolled in, and therefore she did not get a chance to smell like plain old dog.
While I am not one for new years resolutions, I have decided that I do need to spend some time and walk the dog more often. Which I suppose you could call a resolution – but what I really have thrown out to the world is a commitment to spend more time with my sketch book.
There is a movement afoot. It is called “Art journaling” this isn’t really a new thing. Or even something very defined. Basically it is about the creative process of pulling together color, words and images as you wish on a page. The nice thing about it unlike many other forms of art, it is not about the outcome, it is about the process. I need that.
For some people art journaling is more like scrap booking with ephemera (clippings from old textbooks, maps, receipts, recycled stuff from other art projects, product packaging, scraps of scrapbook paper quotes, lyrics, lottery tickets, Polaroid photos, grocery lists... ) all glued into collages. For others it is an experimentation of mediums – pens, paint, pastels, chalk, crayons all mashed into colourful explosions. For others it really is a journal about life, done in words, and sketches. Go ahead Google it!
For me. What I want out of the exercise is a place to free up my art. A place where I can sketch without the pressure of completing a painting or a drawing, a way to write down my thoughts, and to loosen up! I need to work on putting aside the pressure of completing an “art work”. The more art we do the more constrained we seem to get. …I’m finding myself less free with my creativity and more critical of my work. Fear - perfectionism - procrastination - pick your poison are all standing in the way - between me and my sketch book.
I have come to the conclusion that I need to loosen up, and give myself permission to play with paint, and pencil and pens on paper… to make a mess, to make mistakes, to worry less about “ruining” my sketch book. My Art should be a river of imagination.... 2013 is a blank book. Today is but a page waiting for ink. What kind of chapters will spring forth.
I might even share some pages if I’m happy with the results.