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

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This is a story about the bottom journal in that luscious stack. In the photo, four of the many journals in process, a little subset. Starting at the top: 5x8" Moleskine, Art Doodle Love Journal, the Turquoise Altered Book, and The Chance Journal.

The Chance journal has evolved into a study of patterns, brush strokes, blends & drips in gouache, experiments with layering, composition, mark-making... and shapes. This is an Iona journal with watercolor paper; I got it at the Fort Worth Arts Festival!

Finishing a beloved journal comes with a touch of bitter-sweetness, because it becomes an integral component of your creative practice. Two years!  This is 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 really good & refreshing to start a journal or a page. There is no heaviness or fear. 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. 

Art by Tammy Garcia.
Art by Tammy Garcia.
Art by Tammy Garcia.
Art by Tammy Garcia.
Art by Tammy Garcia.
Art by Tammy Garcia.

Anyhow, there you go. Another one done!!! 

My mantra for this one seemed to be variations on several themes

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.