Friday, June 6, 2014

Thoughts - Journal - Art

While making houses Anne Marie told me that they were like my personal journals.  I've thought a lot about her words and realize that they were so true.  In fact most of what I make with my hands reflects my thoughts, hopes, view of the world in the same way my journals do.  

Many artists keep journals that become art pieces in and of themselves.  Mine are more mundane as they usually record what I'm working on, how I'm doing it and sometimes how I might feel that particular day without embellishment.  Of course when something 'large in my mind' occurs, both good and bad, it will get recorded but for the most part I'd say they would be pretty boring to anyone else reading them.

I've learned through the keeping of a journal, how often I go back to the same themes and thoughts, over and over again. My art is the same way - each piece might take a different form but the colors are similar, the themes are definitely similar and the thoughts I have while doing them are like favorite television reruns - making me laugh, smile, ponder and sometimes frown as I repeat a theme of birds, butterflies, love, music or home.  Very mundane I know - nothing very deep here, but everything my hands touch reflects a part of me as do the writings in my journals.

Are there some journals you'd just love to peek into?   Do you keep a journal and what form does it take?

"Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it's the same thing.  What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind." - Natalie Goldberg


  1. Ahhhhhhhhhhh....we're both on a book theme today then!

    x C

  2. My blog is the nearest thing I have to a creative life journal, and I do go back and check what I've read about particular topics.

    My handwritten diary, by contrast, appears to act as Write Only Memory!

  3. No journal here, but I admire those who keep them. I think journaling helps keep one grounded. :)

  4. I think for me visual journals combined with text are the most interesting. I've not kept a diary/journal since I was in my teens (and I burned them all in my early 20s) until this year, when on receipt of a Moleskine notebook for Xmas, I decided to casually journal odd days and events as and when I had something to say or show. They mainly focus on days out with the family and include meals out and people's comments about them. I add drawings, paintings, receipts and other ephemera and I'm really enjoying it.

  5. I have started several journals but never keep them up, sometimes I manage to keep them going through a holiday. I guess now that my blog is the nearest to a journal but its mostly about things I make, I even forget to write about interesting exhibitions I have been to.

  6. Just so happens I got up at 3:30am today to write in my journal!! It's a favorite ritual of mine to get up in the wee hours, light a candle or two, put on some relaxing music and just write. It helps me organize my thoughts and pin them down. I am not a linear thinker by nature, but journaling helps me to focus and organize all the many things that swirl around in my brain :)



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