On Sunday we had a group of students from the Centre for Creative Photography for a studio visit. It’s always fun showing people your work and getting to carry on about it a little. And if you happen to inspire someone… that is the best feeling.
I met a fellow journaler. Much more tidy and controlled than mine. Mine are all over the show, ‘like stork shit in mid air’ as my cute husband would say. (He has the best turn of phrase.)
We were mutually excited because we both cut them up to use for further art. She has pages all over their hallway at home and they used it to create a spoken word party, participants drawing words and phrases (if they wanted) to create stuff from.
Reminds me of this:
a zine made from pages from a much larger book called The Phrase Book, though not cut out like the work in Etcetera.
We shared how it feels sacrilegious cutting them up. But is worth it for the engagement of other people.
I find that journaling helps me to order my thoughts. It allows me to get them out of my head where, otherwise, they sort of rattle around collecting dust. It helps me focus on what is important to me or to nurture things that are still embryonic. Or I use it for things I don’t want to forget like these two stories from my grandkids the other day:
and just to have fun!
There is so much written about journaling these days, from psychologists’ treatises through the self-help industry, to the average Joe (me) raving on. But really, it saves my life and enlivens me.
How about you? I’d love to hear from any other avid journal keepers out there.
And if you don’t keep them your self, why don’t you give it a go? You don’t even have to keep a book. Woody Allen has a drawer where he throws bits of paper with thoughts and ideas. Apparently it’s where he goes when he feels stuck.
Been over to my new blog lately? I have been doing a bit since I last posted here. Here is my latest post. It is following from a Facebook ‘live’ video where I showed viewers around my studio finishing with the story of this silhouette. Those are little rib bones btw. I’d love to know what you think; leave me a comment!
“The image above is called After Image. It is nearly two metres wide and standing in front of the real thing the eye is caught first by the black and then travels to the white. But as it does it carries an after image of the black in negative, ie. white. I was dealing with war at the time and this was about the long term effect on the psychs of people.
This next painting is called Little Bird and is about those displaced by war, those who become refugees….”
The above is copied from my blog, I think it is an interesting post about making art in a time of war. Also It is about how one works intuitively finding out the meaning of your work as it comes into being. There’s a fairly decent poem there too, in my opinion.
Just to make matters worse, Dear Friends, the address of my blog has changed. Please put this address: https://belindabroughton.com/blog/ into your readers. I’d love to hear from you in the lonely land outside WordPress.
Also hopefully I will get to the end of comment problems soon. Sigh. Presently I have to go and search for them rather than receive notifications. Bear with me. I’ll get there!
Forgive the quality. This is my first ever video. #AbundantArtShow day 4 (I think. I’m confused)
By the way, the one giving me leaves (mentioned herein) was my granddaughter, not my daughter (who is more likely to give me dead dragonflies or skulls or lichen). Sometimes I say a completely wrong word. I have been known to say white when I mean black.
So! I’m doing the #abundantartshow. Day two is sharing some of your work-in-progress and sharing some of other people’s work too. On social media like Facebook and Instagram. I shared these two pics and a few others and I found some great pics by others also. It is very inspiring actually, looking at other people’s work. I found I am drawn to gestural abstract paintings for their luscious paint and marks, but also to paintings that seem allegorical but that have a rather minimal treatment with plain areas of colour. Perhaps that is where I’d like to take some of these collage works eventually. If you’re interested in looking at some of the work #abundantartshow • Instagram photos and videos (at the moment I’m on there in top posts!) and on Facebook: #abundantartshow and if you are interested in seeing what I shared, find them on my Facebook page (not profile): https://www.facebook.com/belindabroughtonpoet/ Have a gander; it’s fun.