Monday, July 5, 2010

Everyday Bliss: Self Discovery in Creative Journaling

It started with a color, an idea and not much else other than I knew I wanted to create a collage in the same style as Kelly Rae Roberts. So, after choosing one of my favorite colors and some snippets of decorative papers, away I went . It is incredibly liberating to create for the purpose of exploration and enjoyment of the process rather than striving toward a polished, finished piece. I can always go back and create a more detailed piece based upon what I've learned here in this study.

I must have painted this face 3 or 4 times and even at this point, I could contemplate for days the depth I see there already. What I discovered in this exercise alone is how much I love the forgiving nature of oil paints but that there are ways of achieving those effects with a medium that dries as fast as acrylics. While this is still a work in progress, I can honestly say that I am in awe of how this is turning out so far and I had absolutely no idea when I started that my collage would resemble anything like this. I am truly grateful to the universe for showing me what is possible simply by embracing a start.


slommler said...

Beautiful the textures you have in this piece so far! What fun you are having!! I love seeing the process!!
Thanks so much for sharing your exploration!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hey there Kell!

This is wonderful to see you evolving and I admire you for being so honest and putting your mental, spiritual and artistic journey out in public. I love what you say in the beginning about embracing the process rather than striving for a finished product. One of my favorite quotes from Albert Camus is:

Life is not a destination
Life is a journey
As long as you stay on that journey
You will find success.

The process part requires tenacity and faithfulness to the task, doesn't it? Let us rejoice in all the mistakes and fumblings of the journey as we strive, and to always keep our ours on our goals while truly embracing each moment of the details that get us there!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Kell!

Thanks for your visit; I just love to hear from people that I admire! Oh, I had so much fun yesterday. I spent the whole day with all the windows open, welcoming in the sunshine and blue skies, I conversed with nature passing by my door (a bunny, some birds!) and I did some watercolors and then I used a fabric pen and did some French script on some linen. CREATIVITY is the fuel for my engine!!

Have a lovely day, Anita