Sunday, January 11, 2009

trying to look with my heart as well as my eyes

There is something about trying to see things with your heart instead of, or at least in addition to, your eyes. While I usually do not formalize resolutions, I think "someone" is trying to tell me this year to use my heart more for looking. One way I can do this is to find what I can in the backgrounds I have made. So often I tend to see eyes or the shape of a face. When I started into mixed media a couple of years ago, the wonderful Nance of "collage play with crowabout" taught a quick and easy way of doing backgrounds. I remember the fun we had finding a shoe and many eyes in the backgrounds I initially did with that quick and easy technique.

I believe that seeing with my heart requires me to be relaxed and not rush into things. Sometimes it requires stepping back, letting a piece "rest and formulate" for awhile. I get quite excited when I see this happening. Art journal pages are a great place to do this. I am reminded to say - if you have not yet started an art journal - this moment is the moment to do it - a very freeing decision to make. Please leave a comment first though. For your journal just grab a notebook or chunk of paper if you have nothing else handy.

These are a couple of new journal pages from this year. The first one in particular was a discovery in the word "love" and also the forlorn little creature that developed. I know that I love her. I hope you might also.

For this second one I loved the background texture from some hand carved stamps. The page was a bit plain to start with so I decided it needed a bit of glitter. I am not so much a glittery kind of girl but I am glad I decided to use it.

This one is just a photo of the previous. I chose to play with it a bit on picasa. I liked the result.

In case you haven't had a chance to see my art journal videos I'll share a couple of them here:

This one actually shows "looking through heart". I had forgotten about it.

Welcome to my new blog. I hope you will take a moment to leave a comment or mark yourself as a follower if you have not already done so.

angels be with you


kecia said...

kudos to you for your art journal! i started one, but have a hard time getting to it (i'd rather be makin' jewelry!)

windy angels said...

thanks Kecia.
about your jewelry - why would you want to interfere with such a good thing!

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