Finishing the Chance Journal

"If you enjoy depth, don't force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multi-tasking, stick to your guns."
Susan Cain

 

Four of the many journals in process. A little subset. Starting at the top: Moleskine, Art Doodle Love, Turquoise Book, Iona Journal w/handmade watercolor paper. 

A pinch of bittersweetness, finishing a journal that has been part of my practice for two years. It's a large journal, measured by both page size and # of pages. Most of the pages, backs & fronts, are in gouache.

I'm happy that after so many years of doing art, it feels very much OK to just start a journal or a page. There is no heaviness to that. I'm constantly starting, working, finishing, it's all part of the process. Years ago, I would not have known what on earth to do in this journal, to be equal to it. 

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7x10" Iona Journal, gouache, art by Tammy Garcia.

7x10" Iona Journal, gouache, art by Tammy Garcia.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

7X10" IONA JOURNAL, GOUACHE, ART BY TAMMY GARCIA.

Anyhow, there you go. Another one done.

My mantra for this one seemed to be variations on several themes. Patterns. Flowers. Circles. Drips.

This journal was in the rotation for about two years and I think there are still a few sides unfinished, and I'll paint those this week. So it's done. It's a wrap. When one journal moves out of the queue, another starts up. And it works like this. If I finish a journal where I'm drawing, for example, another drawing journal takes its place. So it's not as random as it may appear. 

More pages from this journal!