Saturday, July 26, 2008

Soul Journaling - Day Seven to Eight

Today I wrote - I wrote about things that you shouldn't say, and things that I can't say, things that should have been said and weren't. I wrote about things that I have needed to say for 30-ish years, and things that are weighing me down right now. I wrote and it didn't feel dizzying or anything, but I think it's another step towards making my art real to me. And then I covered it all up. Yep, that's what we were supposed to do. I covered it with tape (raided the husband's garage) and made a rather Le Corbusier-esque page:

That was Day 7. Since I'm doing this as I can, I moved straight into Day Eight's project, and I covered it some more. This time with sandpaper, and paint, and gesso, and more paint. It transformed from plain ball point words, to minimalist art, to full on, balls-to-the-wall Lynne Perella style! Not that one generally associates the gracious Lynne with the word "balls", but I mean her no insult. I wasn't trying to make my background look like hers at all, but all of a sudden, I saw something even vaguely approaching the backgrounds painted by an artist that I admire, and it made me feel more confident, like "wow, I'm getting a glimpse of how the BNA's (big name artists) might do this stuff!" More paint, more tape....

I have to say, it's so gorgeously multilayered and textural! I know that my friend Cindy, whose doing Soul Journaling also, and is probably getting near this phase of her project, is probably sitting at her art studio right now looking at her journal and saying - "AAAHH, it's too pretty! I can't cover it up!"

Somehow, I get the feeling that we're getting ready to do a bit more exposing and covering, and thus feeling safe about exposing a bit more....

6 comments:

Sarah Whitmire said...

Wow, you are powering right through playing catch up. I had to laugh out loud at the "huzzah lady Sarah" comment you left on my blog. :) I can tell you are having lots of fun! YAY!

Your pages look amazing!

*HUGS*

Sarah

eb said...

oh Jane - you so delight me - here in my sniffley summer cold mode - I am so inspired by these recent posts - YES!

xox - eb.

...Cindy... said...

oh man. How did you know???? Yes, I am absolutely sitting in my studio looking at my pretty tape and thinking "but I don't WANT to cover it up! It's too pretty!" *sigh* You know me so well. You totally made me bust out laughing.

Anyway, excellent work! I know that, much like your blog, you must be relishing the opportunity to journal as well as create art. I'm glad that it is making you feel more connected to your work.

Cheeka said...

Wow your taped background is GORGEOUS! Mine looks like crap. I liked it before I put paint on it - now I don't. But I am pretty certain we're not done with the page - grin. Perhaps a bit more paint...

so glad you're on the journey!

grrl+dog said...

BNA, ha ha, a wonderful word, but the words of the day go to you for "balls to the wal" I LOOOVE it. And yes you are right, it's the layering, I dont care look, but I am sure the BNA's sweat, ponder, procrastinate and oscillate as much as us mere mortals do. oh, and do you think that the phrase, "tits to the wind" is the same?

Anne said...

Oooh! I love your taped pages! Love all the colors and how fluid they are across the pages! :-)

(Mine didn't turn out this well!)