The Chance Journal #2

"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
Dale Carnegie

Iona journal, pencil and gouache, 2014

This journal is made with handmade watercolor paper; painting is a lovely and textural experience. I rarely draw "things" so when I got this journal {gift from family} I decided to take advantage of the tall narrow pages. I find that the shape of my journal pages often influences what I do. On the left page, I drew the perennial garden {quite in need of pruning} from the corner of the long, narrow retaining wall. Then I stood at one end of the pool and on the right page I attempted a bird's-eye-view perspective.

The little squares document the various colors used/mixed but I probably forgot some colors as I worked. I've seen this {little palette boxes} on many journal pages but not sure where it started. I went directly inside to the paints so that I could remember the colors and attempt to mix them. The browns are the most difficult for me; such a fine line between mud, rust & chocolate, isn't it? To see more pages from this journal, click the tag "chance journal" below.