Sunday, July 27, 2008

Soul Journaling - Day Nine to Twelve

The soul journaling journey continues...today we revisited the past - the immediate past (went back to the pages from day five) and way back into the past (the home where you felt happiest).

I was actually pretty pleased with the clipped out from magazine pages (see previous posts), I didn't really think of doing anything else with them, but Sarah suggested we add some painterly effects to them that I have to say, definitely render them a lot more funky!

Our next assignment was to draw - in our most symbolic, representational style - the house were we felt the most secure and happiest. I love my home that I live in today, and I love my life and my family, but if I could, I'd step through a portal into my childhood home in a heartbeat. We traveled a lot when I was a kid, but there was one constant in my life, which was my Nan's house in Enfield, Middlesex, (a borough of north London). We spent most summers there when I was a kid, and I always remember the sun shining (yes, in England, no doubt memory plays a few tricks) and having all the time in the world to play, sleep, read, paint, and come home when the sun set (about 9 p.m. in the English summer) and have supper of cheese and toast. I'd drag up the stairs to bed, worn out from playing, and remember that even in the summer, it was cold when you'd walk across the hall landing! I knew the next day would be the same, and the one after that. I could walk anywhere in our little town, no fear of anything happening, it was a beautiful time, and I'm glad I can at least revisit my childhood if only in my mind and in the pages of my Soul Journal. Here's my rendering - not the most artistically skilled for sure, but I greatly enjoyed making it!

The bulgy look of the house is because there's a pocket in the page. Not sure what's going in it yet (I don't dare look ahead because I don't want to influence my thinking - aaahhh! Can't wait to be up with the rest of the group so I can really see everyone else's take on our daily lessons!)

Thank you, my blog friends, for being so kind to follow me on this journey! EB, Sarah, Cindy, Lynn, and all my newest e-friends in Soul Journaling - from the bottom of my heart, I'm so glad you're here!

Soul Hugs, Jane

12 comments:

Carol said...

Love that your inchie page was in white rather than black, love our house, looks very warm and safe!

Christy said...

your story of your Nan's house is wonderful. i like your house and i like how painterly it is. i also love your tape spread and your inchies with the white pen effects.

Sarah Whitmire said...

The imagery you evoke in your words about your Nan’s house made me feel as if I was there with you. What a warm wonderful place. This feeling transcends into your artwork. Great job! :)

*HUGS*

Sarah

Keron Lee said...

what a lovely home, it looks like something of Fried Green Tomatoes....fabulous work..hugs Keron

Jacky said...

Loved reading about your childhood memories at Nans and your drawing/painting of your Nans house....
Thanks for sharing those wonderful memories, they will make these journals so special.

Linda said...

Your pages are looking great Jane -I love the colours you chose for your magazine squares page. Your story was very interesting ... (believe it or not the sun is shining today in England!)
Thanks for your kind comments, they meant a lot.
Linda x

LaY hOoN said...

I love your house.
Thanks for sharing with us your wonderful memories.

Virginia said...

Have just caught up with your journal...Wonderful!!! Love the memories you have and your house is wonderful..

arlene said...

Just looking at the Home page, I can tell there is love associated with it.. Sounds like an idyllic time.
Beautiful!

xo arlene in alberta

Mary S Hunt said...

W_O_W_!!!
your finished journal spread renditions just POP!

wonderful color blends and and and everything about them is wonderful
!

Sue said...

I have been following the Soul Journallers for a few days now and I just love what you have done. Your Nan's house is stunning. Will visit again to see more ....

inge said...

I like your house ! England has a lot of beautiful houses and I can imagine you can still walk safely in the morning in town...

greetings
Inge from belgium

PS : I'm still busy in my journal... the journey continues even after Sarah ended her souljourney for the moment... I still have lots to do with all the instructions she gave.
As you have seen by now, there are "artdolls" going in your pocket from the house... I only made myself yet, but I really want my whole family as an "artdoll"!!