I started my art residency chez-moi yesterday, but rather than jumping right into encaustic painting or right into figurative sculpting I found myself launching into Art Journaling.
You know how I love encaustic art, but out of my periphery I have been catching glimpses, really for the last two years, of artwork made with Acrylic Gel Medium and Acrylic Paint. And I found myself getting a little jealous of such a portable art form!!!
To tell the truth, I absolutely love the sheen and glow of Acrylic Gel Medium (can you say Luminous), and it turns out it is very much like a portable form of Encaustic Medium. Both are wonderful at grabbing up Mixed Media. And for my Art Journaling classes, acrylic gel medium will be center stage to lock all of our mixed media enterprises into place.
But here is the deal on Art Journaling: whether you are new to art or have been around the block a few times, this journaling form of art is a great way to connect into your-singular-creative-voice.
The other part of you, the part that needs healing- the part of you that’s looking for refreshment- the part who’s life is way too busy- who’s mind is too cluttered, too distracted and who’s body is reminding you that life is short… that part of you gets to reach in and grab ahold of the other part- the part that has been buried and ignored for so long. The two of you can go out to play and you will actually experience a zen-like state as you connect all your parts.
And for all of you professional Artists, listen up! Art Journaling differs beautifully from your studio work because as you are making it, you know it’s just not for sale, so the intention is completely different going in. Let’s face it- even if you are making a series of pieces for a gallery show, you are in the creative zone, but you and I both know that the market is breathing down your neck like a relentless beast who needs a salable product! Even a conceptual installation piece, for which you convince yourself there is no market- you know is not true, because the market is your next grant or resume check mark.
Art Journaling takes you on a journey (isn’t that where the word “journal” comes from after all?) into the deep recesses of you that can only make a wiser, better and happier you, as you navigate the complex world you’ve created for yourself in the first place.
This fall I’ll be teaching Art Journaling at FAVA, and I hope it will gather a mixed group that gets as addicted to it as myself so we can continue connecting over and over, sharing the journey together, like an artist’s group, guided by my word and mixed media prompts. And FAVA will be granting special veteran discounts so you can keep returning affordably after you’ve learned the ropes. Like taking yoga! Paper Yoga…Handmade Book Yoga. See you there!
Now back to my art-residency-chez-moi! My studio awaits!