So Mary is a comforting presence the Beatles told us, and we also know, she speaks those three little words of wisdom. A great mantra for me this week as I roller coaster through a turbulent week of active night time brain……..
I did create my own Mother Mary some years ago, I called her the Solstice Madonna and I love her grandeur and how she ‘presides’ in our house, a steady and familiar presence with a “Let it be” reminder………..
Last April Stine attended our ‘Wild at Art Retreat’ at Tao Fong Shan and created her very first handmade book……
She then spent 4 weeks in Norway with family and proceeded to create a further 8 handmade books!! Using the basic techniques of hand stitching one signature, she adapted to the materials she could lay her hands on whilst there and ended up using the old pages of children’s story books that she found along the way to make family book for her mother and new journals.
Stine has remained a prolific book creator, featuring many of them on Facebook. Here are pages from her Journey Book, exploring the notion of physical journeys as well as the spiritual and emotional pathways that we all take. Using found objects and old books, Stine blends text, memorabilia and images upon her pages.
This Saturday found Stine around the table at Flowers Towers sharing some Saturday Journalling moments with some of the other Art Journaling members of the Gin and Tonic Art Club.
Stine has now flown away to Norway for another winter sojourn and I am sure she will return having produced further copious tomes filled with impressions of her own inner world as well as the world around her.
Maybe its time to buy a small sketchbook/ notebook and few small art supplies and start doodling or sticking or experimenting…….
1. Put it on your to-do list this week.
2. Commit to the smallest doable amount of time that feels possible, can be a five minute doodle.
3. Set up a small space with some supplies so that you are ready to create and don’t have to spend time finding materials. You don’t need a lot of supplies: pens, a set of paints, a paint brush, glue stick and a few favourite poems, pictures or magazines….. and it’s a super compact and portable hobby!!
Go to it friends !!
Till next time
Why not start a new 2014 creative endeavour…..pop to your stationary store and pick out some coloured pens and get started!
Enjoy your foray!
Till next time
This year I participated in the Travelling Art Project created and hosted by the lovely Joyce Van der Lily who is down under on the Southside of the world, situated along a gorgeous beach in New Zealand. Joyce sent out 3 semi prepared artist canvases last January and they made their way around the world along a pathway of mixed media artists. Each artist responded to the surface in their own personal style and image on the canvas shifted and changed along the way……
|This is as the canvas left Joyce|
Last Saturday found a few of us making angels at Flowers Towers, with Fern, Vicky and Panda…they are all now flying in Yuletide readiness in the Xmas Party House, some inside and some flying in the breeze!