Art Journal: Dream Life

“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”
Anaïs Nin

These pages include acrylic paint, japanese papers, magazine clippings, random stuff I'd typed {on an index card using the typewriter daughter's classroom}, two photographs, washi tape {from Artsyville}. 

With these pages I am giving myself a pep talk. Here are some of the phrases. 

"What if you paid more attention to the small daily victories?"

"Just follow the freakin' plan, the yellow brick road" I admit I would have said F-ing plan but as my journal dries it is out in the open and the kids would see that. It would have been a bad mommy move.

"Reaching a goal is not instantaneous."

"Each step adds up to the goal. It's an equation."

"Document:: Keep track of each success."


Here's what is underneath the finished page! I couldn't find a photograph of the first layer, which was simply yellow acrylic paint and a photograph at the top center of each page {the number 5 and the snowman ornament}. The only similarity between the two photos is that they quirky and monochromatic. To that I added a painted turquoise doodle, japanese papers, magazine clippings, washi tape, etc. And you can still see some of this in the finished version. I don't really worry about covering stuff up, remember each layer is still there even though you cannot see it in full.

Continuing to work in an altered hardback book that I started early in 2012 called The Noticing Journal.  The edges are coming along nicely and eventually I will bind it all together.

These pages are about focusing on a goal. I know that if I simply follow the plan that I've devised to improve my health, it will work. It's just that following the plan is not easy and takes a long time. So "Dream Life" is sort of the life I want to have, the life where I have a lot of energy each day and feel better.

I need to see my plan as the Yellow Brick Road. Do you remember? In The Wizard of Oz - at the beginning of the road, the Scarecrow tells Dorothy that all they need to do is follow the Yellow Brick Road. 

So here's my theory.

1. Make a goal.
2. Devise a plan.
3. Think positively.
4. Take action.
5. Imagine {success}

What have you used your art journal page to document? Do you give yourself pep talks? What do you usually write about on your journal pages?

AEDM: 30 Days of Art! This artwork is for Days 1 & 2 of Art Every Day Month, an annual November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day. I will work in this journal every single DAY this month.