An art journal, or visual journal as it's sometimes called, is a place to express artistically, as well as in writing, thoughts, ideas, feelings & experiences. I've kept a written journal since I was in my teens, but art journaling fulfills me in a much deeper, more satisfying way. I can express & document things with color, texture and image that I can't seem to say in language. I find my art journal to be a place for me to explore my inner landscape. I adventure through my dreams, past recollections and personal mythology. Through doing this kind of work, I gain a clearer picture of who I am and what is important to me. I also, use my art journal as a place to flesh out ideas for my abstract/mixed media paintings and collages and to use up paint rather than wasting it when I'm finished working. My art journal has become a kind of companion that I can express anything to as well as a kind of archival repository to hold all of the archaeological evidence of my existence.
Embracing Grace Everyday, Art Journal, 2013-2015. This is my large size journal (9x12). I primarily work on this one at home in my studio (I always keep a smaller one in my bag). I have also used it to demo in during my art journaling classes then I rework the pages later. Mostly, this journal is about supporting my daughter's recovery from serious, life-threatening illness as well as coping with my own chronic pain due to fibromyalgia. I take lots of walks in places of nature to renew my spirit, which informs my experience. I developed a personal practice during this time, of finding beauty in the moment no matter what other challenge I needed to endure or push through. Developing and strengthening that skill got me through quite a lot in these years and is reflected in this book. There are a number of pages here that are still works in progress. Even after scanning in the pages I thought were complete, I noticed more that I could add. Funny how that happens. [click on the arrows below to scroll through the slides]
Art Journal, Small, 2012-2015. This is the art journal that I can throw in my bag or purse and take with me wherever I go. I have worked on this one in small chunks of time waiting for someone, at the beach, in the woods, while hiking, at a coffee shop, in my car, and occasionally at home.