A Peek at This & That

"To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive - to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.”
Rollo May

 Wish there was a little coding system for workshops. Here's how I think they could be categorized. ⓐ focus on techniques ⓑ focus on facing your fear of the blank page by globbing paint on top ⓒ focus on following a recipe for an art journal page ⓓ focus on deep emotional analysis on the page ⓔ focus on social connection + interaction but no real depth of knowledge transfer.

 A person is a gardener if he works lovingly in his garden... a quilter if she makes quilts.... a skiier if she skis. Why must it be more complex than that? Why can't we be artists if we do art?

 Quiz: Which squares above are acrylic, and which are watercolor/gouache? I'll add the answer in the comments tomorrow. 

 

 Developing my new workshop, Painted Paper Paradise. Decided on all of the techniques and filmed two, which is a good start. My guesstimate is that there will be 10 videos in total. My workshop would be coded ⓐ in my coding system {see above}. I'm going to share the techniques in watercolor and gouache. I was going to do acrylic as well but it made the entire process very convoluted and I decided against it.

 Working behind-the-scenes on pumping out Daily Paper Prompts. We have lots of guest posts coming up!!! There are about 40 prompts up thus far and 20+ to go. Guests to date: Dictionary Love with Gretchen Miller, The Blues with Patricia Dattoma, Messing Around with Paint with Natasha White, Color Grids with Hanna Andersson. The DPPs are self-paced and you can start any time you wish. Share your work in the Flickr group or the Facebook group.

DPP #32: Invent-a-Font ---> can you spot the error?

An astute reader just sent me a note and I cracked up when I noticed.

 Finished painting the edges black on the canvases and wood boards that I've painted in the last year and a half. I started painting "biggish" around January 2012. Here's the first 24x36" canvas, I think. I want to put them up on the wall and this is the first step. The second step is figuring out how to arrange them. That will take another few months. I make small steps on a bunch of projects at a time. That's just how I work. I don't have a studio so I had to re-arrange and protect my dining room table while I worked. It took a few days to get them all done, in small bursts of time. 
 

 For my fictional update {well, er, an update about fiction I'm reading}, I'm starting Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book {2nd in Thursday Next series} and in the car I just finished the audiobook of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Redemption {3rd in the Dept Q series... love Scandi crime novels}. 
 
 Working on Zine #9. For now, check out Zine #8.

♥ I believe that the point and the joy of journaling is inherently the process and not the page that you wind up with in the end. Working in our art journals should be free and playful, without censorship or hesitation. Would it help to have a secret journal along with the journal you share with others?  

Do you have a secret journal?

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