It’s difficult to find the time to paint or collage or draw.  Recently I’ve started creating an art journal.  While I’ve kept journals since the mid-1980s, and I do sometimes paste in images and draw in them, an art journal differs from my regular journals in that the artwork on the pages themselves tends to be more important than written words.  I don’t like the look of art journals in which you can tell someone just went to Michael’s and bought stamps and mass produced objects to adhere to a surface.  I’m searching for original ways of thinking about a page (which is not to say I don’t shop at Michael’s for art supplies sometimes, but I prefer to buy things from art supply stores such as Opus).

In order to work on this with some regularity, my new strategy is to keep paints, ink, brushes, pencil crayons, and paper readily available, and to at least keep a small workspace that is always used only for this purpose.  In limited square footage, this has been a challenge, but so far I do spend more time on my art journal pages if I can wander into the room and see everything waiting for me.  I find that this kind of activity uses a different part of my brain, and is a different skill set, from my other forms of creativity (playing guitar, writing poetry, or academic writing).

I once took out a book from the library entitled House of Belief.  It had really good tips on how to make your own stamp on your surroundings.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheryl McDougald
    Sep 01, 2009 @ 06:27:16

    And here is a great quote by April Grieman – also somewhat related to the theme of purposeful emptiness
    “A sheet of paper isn’t merely a neutral receiver of symbols, but a field of space that is traversed. The eye walks, jumps, journeys through inside and outside of it”
    Perhaps I’m trying to justify the way that I spend my time – lots of holes to muse upon. The fallow field (Anne-Marie MacDonald) I hope.


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