Thursday, March 31, 2011

International Fake Art Journal Month

It's time! I love this exercise, probably more than NaNoJoMo or NaNoWriMo, because it allows me to approach art from a completely unfettered place. Last year, I journaled from the perspective of an orphaned boy who was shifted from family to boy's home to yet another family. It was quite liberating, and self-searching at the same time.

Will you join me in creating a fake journal? There are prizes, but the biggest "thing" you receive by doing this is an awakening of new opportunities and challenges. The goal is to spend 30-60 minutes a day with your fake journal, but even if you do much less, you're still "in" the game.

What do you have to lose? What might you gain? I'm excited at the possibilities! Come join us!

Background information by Roz Stendahl on the Official International Fake Journal blog. 


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Been Awhile

Ok - so I'm not doing the challenge thing anymore. This is now my personal art journey blog - more of a complete 'by-Ky-creation' sort of place. I will be using some things created by others, but it's going to be more "me."

This is one of my favorite art journal pages so far. I made this late the other night when I was thinking about my cousin Susan's life, and how we all learned to cope with the less-than-ideal situations inevitable to all of us. Pat and Susan's Mom, Louise, was my favorite aunt, and my best example of the Christian ethic. I was a kid, so I was required to be reluctant about going to church when visiting, but secretly, I really found it interesting.

Susan was so special. She was such a giving and generous person, highly intelligent, and so willing to share what she knew. I remember her trying to help me with make-up (I had no clue, but I was a 'do it myself' kiddo), sitting fixing dinner and explaining how the hamburger would tell you when it needed to be stirred by the sound, all sorts of things were right there for her to share. She was wonderful. Beautiful, inside and out.

{lyrics of The Moon and St. Christopher, Mary Chapin Carpenter}

I made this to remind me that Susan, Pat and I all learned to trust in the moon and our faith. The universe (moon) was big enough that there was always room to find solutions, and our faith would always help us find the right path. I'm gonna miss her.