I read the most amazing and inspiring blog post from Kelly Kilmer today. She was really on a tangent about how people feel the need to voice (in comments or emails) condescending, judgmental and/or just generally mean things about journal pages that we (the collective “we”, being the art based blogging community) put on our blogs.
I am not a longtime art journaler (yet)…I am just scratching the surface of this area of my art…of myself…but I am finding my own voice as I do different pages and spreads. I try to do at least one page a day but some days bring about 3 or 4 pages (depends how much I have in me that particular day.) Some are simple, direct and to the point, while some are more in depth and layers upon layers of color, pics and writing and those often have very little meaning to anyone but me.
I guess that brings me to my point…this is one art form that is done specifically for ME, not for anyone else. I share them solely for the purpose of letting others into my inner sanctum and sharing an art I enjoy with others. I don’t do a single page with anyone else in mind but myself, what I’m thinking/feeling at that particular moment in time, and images and words that portray those thoughts and feelings. Sharing these pages is something I like to do because I love looking at the pages that other artists share so maybe something I do can be enjoyed by someone out there.
Why would anyone take this very personal art form and turn it into a competition of sorts? We are entitled to feel what we feel so what gives anyone else the right to judge those feelings and emotions and how we choose to express them?
No, I think that is bullshit. Critique my paintings, my craft projects, my pretty girls (even if you think they’re not so pretty), my drawing or sewing...but not my art journal. It’s there for sharing but not for mean spirited critiques! In the words of Kelly from her post: “It is *not* meant to be judged.”
I guess Kelly just got me to thinking about this subject and I felt the need to talk about it. Eh, you know how it is…something gets on your mind and you just can’t seem to shake it until you rid yourself of it, one way or another.
I guess this was my way today. *shrug*
Okay, enough whining…I am working on my paintings for over our mantle (trees, glorious trees!) and our street number sign, too…it’s just slow going since I can’t seem to stay in my studio for the long stretches I was able to do even a few weeks ago. But I’m getting there on each project, very slowly but surely.
I promise to share each when I complete them.
For today, here’s a journal page I completed last night…
Just a reminder for myself to stop limiting myself and to remember what possibilities that life holds for all of us.
Infinite possibilities, if I just open my eyes and heart to them. I am my biggest limitation.
Be quiet and still. Let calm overtake you. Let the good things in life come to you. Be optimistic and not pessimistic. See the good and stop focusing on the bad. See the wonder and joy and POSSIBILITIES in life and not the failures and pains.
So much of how we see life is in our attitude.
I’m learning…I’m learning.
I hope you have a wonderfully creative and art filled weekend…may you not only be surrounded by the possibilities but may you be open enough to SEE them.
Peace & Love,