“You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire
Eight years of art. I'm kind of freaking out thinking about that.
Yet I've enjoyed every iteration of whatever my style might be, every phase.
Art journal pages from altered book projects, 2008 - 2010. With a few exceptions, I look at my "old" pages and see quirky, impromptu & playful. I really don't want to see sad and melancholy, because that brings me down. Everyone uses their journal in a different way. Maybe you use yours to get the bad vibes out onto the page so you can have some peace.
Between Christmas and New Years, I've been posting pages from old journals each day on instagram. Looking back has been so valuable that I've found some "old" things to bring back into my repetoire, ideas long forgotten. I didn't expect that.
So a handful of takeaways for today.
First, if you want to work more in your journal, revisit/rethink the reason that you think you want to journal in the first place, and in theory that will give you a burst of renewed energy. The why is really important. The reason doesn't need to be something rooted in rocket science. Maybe it just makes for a better week? Maybe you enjoy it? If you were going to go bowling or to the movies, would you feel a need to justify that? So why do you need a more complicated reason than... it's fun!?!
Go back and revisit your older pages. What do you like about them? Not what you don't like. It doesn't matter in the big scheme of things. Just look at what you liked. That might be an entire page, a color palette, a 3x4" square. Whatever! It's a starting point. Now focus on more of that. That's the secret, if there is one at all. Focus on exploring & doing more of what you like.
And my newer stuff looks more like this Springsteen tribute page.