Thursday, November 12, 2009

A little bit of Inspanahatation








Thank you so much to everyone who has been kind enough to visit my blog and even more thanks to the lovely folks who have left lovely comments :-)

Heartsfire asked if I could post a few samples of work from Anahata's class - I'm happy to (thanks for asking ;-) Here's a few bits and pieces of widsom in my "class notes" (a bit stream-of-conscious but there it is) that I took to remember all the outpouring of wisdom pure creative juju that was zooming and flowering in that quiet and sunlit room where some swore that they saw a blue aura around our Queen Anahata...

The journal is not a finished product, it's not perfect, it's not "precious" -during the first 20 - 30 minutes of working on the page, expect a lot of mental chatter. Don't feed that cookie monster, art friends! Banishing the blank page with some pencil marks, some pen marks, some scraps of paper - whatever you can dish out to start pushing that blank page monster away. Start to create an environment on your page - your ingredients are a character, a background where your character lives, and then play paperdolls with whatever accessories the character needs to tell the story. Keep the "sweet spot" in one area of the page (the sweet spot is where you have whatever coolness is emerging) and try to resist the urge to do that same cool effect everywhere else too. If you start to delay and question what to do next, you aren't moving fast enough, and you're thinking too much. Let your impulse rein. Do what is unexpected - if you think you are supposed to put on another layer of paint, then resist that urge. Splatter on some random ink lines instead. Dark colors push objects into the background, light colors bring the object out. So, use this theory to make the parts of your picture disappear where you don't want to see them, and make the parts you want to highlight pop.

Oh, I wish I'd had a tape recorder, or maybe it wouldn't have made a difference - maybe it was just the juicy inspirational flowers that were seemingly placed in our heads. I do know that we all created work that we had probably never done anything like before or since, and there definitely was a sense of building techniques from the first illustration (the rose one) to the second (the white background one). I had a harder time with the white background, as when in doubt, I tend to stick on more color. Even with this, I probably cheated and gave my girl red and purple dreadlocks, hey, go as the spirit moves you!

6 comments:

merr said...

thank you, thank you, thank you! the notes are very helpful and i'm still reeling from the class. still journaling though and that's all that matters, right?! thanks for the comments on my blog. maybe we should collaborate and write a country song or two!! enjoying your pics and words. keep 'em coming.

Janny said...

Really beautiful, also the fest.So pitty there is an oceaon between;o)

Dianne Forrest Trautmann said...

these pages are amazing! I'm sorry I didn't run into you at Journalfest. I had Anahata on day two. Love the ink work on the second page. Did you do that freehand?

Jenny D. said...

Jane your pages from Anahata's class are amazing. I wish, wish, wish I would have taken that class. I think I sat in front of you in Traci Bunkers class the 2nd day. I remember looking at some of your beautiful pages. I am so new to all of this so I will be checking your blog frequently for inspiration!

wendy lee lynds said...

holy cow.........girl. love these images.......the black swirly things, are awesome. i took my own copious notes but you had a couple of things i had forgotten thrown in your post! thanks!! GREAT WORK!!

Anne said...

Hi, Jane! Love these pieces! Wow! And I love hearing your description of the class. Makes me wish I was there! :-)