Friday, 16 November 2018
How will you make your mark?
This canvas is full of different marks and it set me thinking about how we make our mark in the world, in the lives of others, and how they make a mark on us.
Some people leave a good mark and others not so good, but all those parts come together to make the unique pattern that is you. There are lots of layers in this canvas, but even those that are covered up have an effect on the ones on top of them. The many layers add texture and interest.
Thursday, 15 November 2018
If there are shadows, there must be light.
There is seldom complete darkness. If you look carefully, there are shadows, even if they are very dense. And where there are shadows, there must be light to cause them.
Look to the light.
I'm really enjoying journalling on canvas at the moment in preparation for an exhibition. I haven't set it up yet, but I want to work towards something and push myself out of my comfort zone.
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Sometimes you have to unpick and start again.
And sometimes you have to turn the canvas to find out what it's all about. This canvas was rotated 90 degrees when I popped it back on the easel, and then I saw what it was about. There are lots of marks that look like stitches, and the blue neocolor II was like unravelling thread.
You can't always salvage things. Occasionally you have to unpick and start again. This is not a failure. This is a recognition of needing to go back to the beginning, to start from scratch, to persevere even when there is a lot of work involved. The unpicked work is not in vain - you learned how not to do something.
Monday, 12 November 2018
Never forget that you are the hero in your own story.
When I stepped back from this page halfway through, I could see a tiara on there. A tiara goes on a head, so it seemed that doing a face was the next step. Once she was on the page, I had to work out what she was doing there.
Princesses wear tiaras, but for most of us, princesses are just in stories. But we all have a story. We might feel that our story is not very exciting, but it is still our story.
And we are the hero in it.
Go out and be heroic today, whether you're working in an office, doing the school run, cleaning, running a company, or taking the day off.
Friday, 9 November 2018
When you're just going along, running a household, doing the chores, it is easy to feel that you're not achieving anything. You can look around you and see people doing amazing things, being outstanding in their field, making a difference, and feel small and insignificant next to them.
But that's because you're comparing yourself to someone else.
Faithfulness in the small things is important. The everyday can feel insignificant because it is familiar and never ending. But it is also necessary. If we don't attend to the necessary and only want to do the big, splashy, 'laudable' things, what does that say about us?
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Acceptance is going from resistance to submission, even if you don't like the circumstances.
Accepting something doesn't mean you have to like it, approve of it, or want it. But it does mean that you stop resisting it. Now, obviously there are some things that it is good to resist - oppression of all sorts for starters - but when we are in circumstances that can't be changed, accepting them is a lot less stressful than resisting. Accepting that these are our circumstances means we start facing them. It means that we start to see more clearly because we aren't constantly fighting.
What do you need to accept about your life?
Monday, 5 November 2018
Thursday, 1 November 2018
I've finished three of the twenty canvases I recently bought. They are all 20 x 20cm - slightly smaller than my usual art journal pages - but I like the square format.
I'm tackling them in the same way that I would a journal page, using the same techniques and materials as far as possible. I found that some things, such as Neocolor IIs aren't as easy to use on a canvas. The way I usually scribble with them doesn't produce the same result unless it is on top of a piece of collaged paper, and even then the give in the canvas makes it harder. It's all an opportunity to learn.
Monday, 29 October 2018
Brickwork or pebble-dashing? One shows the structure, the other covers it up.
The top left corner of this page has a brick pattern on it. The black and pink area on the right made me think of pebbles, hence the journalling on this spread.
When we build things, we can do it in a couple of ways. We can let the structure show - all the places where the bricklaying didn't go exactly to plan, the bricks that aren't the same colour as the rest, the flaws in the bricks, the joins where extensions were added - or we can cover it up, like with pebble-dashing. With the latter, it all looks neat and precise, but is the structure sound?
It's like with other areas of life: will you put a mask on it, or let things show, even if they're not perfect?