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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Insights and Ponderings on Art

“It’s hard to know what direction to take when you don’t know where you want to go.”

I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this.

I find myself in this predicament fairly often.
I think it’s because I want to try ALL the mediums, styles and techniques. But I also want to start amassing a body of cohesive work that is identifiable as mine.

At the beginning of the year I felt I needed ‘something’ to help me get beyond this floundering. I Googled all sorts of things but to paraphrase myself, ‘It’s hard to Google what you don’t know you want’.

I finally decided on Carla Sonheim’s “Y” is for Yellow year long class.
Part of the class is to keep a journal. I am NOT by any stretch of the imagination an art journaler. I never have been and I doubt this is going to convert me. But I’m dutifully doing it.
We are supposed to devote two pages of the journal to each letter of the alphabet and fill the pages throughout the year.
Not being a journaler I struggled to come up with an idea for the pages.
Carla suggested for each letter we research artists whose names begin with that letter.
Easy enough.
I’m only up to letter ‘B’ and I’m quite surprised. Not with the artists but with myself!
I’m learning more about myself than the artists I’m researching.
And all this self discovery is pointing me in the direction I want to go!
Who knew?

Isn’t Carla smart? 


  1. Glad you are enjoying the journaling. I am not and doubt I can keep it up. Well actually, I am having trouble keeping up with the classes I am doing and the goings on of my family. The beginning of the year is just too full!

  2. Good for you!!

    I also want to experiment everything and in doing that, I feel my "own voice" is lost! Or maybe it's my own voice not to know what becomes next?

  3. Looking forward to watching your journey unfold

  4. I know that feeling…and it's amazing what will move you out of a funk! Happy you're inspired.

  5. That's great news. I hope you continue to share your pages with us.

  6. That's great news. I hope you continue to share your pages with us.

  7. I have been oggling that workshop but didn't allow myself to do it because I'm so behind already on workshops that I purchased. But it looks like it's a great deal for you. Who knows, you might become addicted to artjournaling :-) That's a great idea to research artists that way! Love your first spread :-)

  8. yes, she is very smart!!

    last year, I took her year-long class and she had us journal, too. Only a bit different. Each day, you had to list 10 things. Could be ideas for new projects, or just whatever. At first it was hard. But now it's a habit. I find that I keep going back and looking at some of my lists for ideas now. Really handy!!


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