Art Journaler

The prompt we were given in our art journaling class was to write about what might happen if we gave more time to our creativity. Since I already devote quite a lot of time, thought and energy to my art journal (my husband thinks I’m obsessed!) I ended up writing about whether or not it is Ok to do this. I have a couple of 1950’s New Zealand women’s weekly mags from which I collaged down a few housewifely ads and painted over them thinly. I recently bought this songbirds stencil which has seven birds in a tree. I had to buy it because I sing in a group called the Songbirds and there are seven of us!

I was working on this page alongside my friend Christine, and suddenly had the idea to get her to take a pic of me looking like a 1950’s housewife. I have a dustpan in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, and I’m contemplating my daily dilemma…shall I clean the house or play in my art journal? I must admit that the house cleaning hardly ever wins!

I have included a quote which is from Howard Thurman “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Art journaling makes me come alive, as I say on this page, “At this time in my life, this is my bliss and I am following it”.


4 thoughts on “Art Journaler

  1. I used to give myself heaps for spending time art journaling. I couldn’t figure out what it was useful for!
    Now I realise that it nourishes my soul, and what can be more valuable than that?

  2. I love this page! And I agree, the housework always comes after art. After all, the dust will be there today and tomorrow, but the artistic idea might me lost, so always give priority to art! 🙂

  3. I have been thinking for nearly 40 years about how we don’t know how good of a housekeeper Einstein was. People talk and talk about him, but no one says, “Oh, yeah, he was good at physics, but he wasn’t a very good housekeeper.” No one cares. We may be remembered for our art or our careers, but cleaning house is not a very enduring legacy.

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