In my sketchbook

This week has been the week of introducing new series on this blog (First the In my art journal one, and then the truth cards! :) All in an effort to keep me motivated and accountable in completely selfish ways.

I was thinking I would share some pages in my sketchbook regularly. I would have said I am new to sketch book keeping but in fact upon thinking about that I have kept them for quite a while as I have practiced faces and techniques and what have you. Though sometimes they have just been on scraps of paper and often I have ripped pages out to either bin forever or used in other projects.

It is only relatively recently I have kept a dedicated sketchbook that I pull out over and over again and that I distinguish quite markedly fro my art journals. They are unfinished, rough and raw, playing and experimenting, but they are a part of my creative process and perhaps useful to document I thought.

These ones were playing with charcoal…oh be still my heart. I did these last year and I realise I have not played with charcoal much since so I must get back to that! Adding it to my never ending creative to-do list. But for today here are the results of my charcoal playing. I love all of them.

Charcoal Sketch

Charcoal Sketch

Charcoal Sketch

Charcoal Sketch

Can I also blatantly remind you that there is a chance to win a spot on the 21 Secrets Spring 2014 Workshop over here that you can enter to win and/or share the news.  I would much appreciate it! :)

Celebrating my 300th post with a giveaway!!

This was actually entirely coincidental but we will call it fate.  300 posts feels like it needs a celebration.

So as luck would have it I have a giveaway.  And quite a spectacular giveaway.  :)

As I announced here, I am teaching at the new session of 21 Secrets, which gets sent to people in less than a week!!!!  And I have a place to give away to one of you.

If you have not signed up yet then this is another chance to win, and if you have, then if you win, you can be refunded.

The class I was going to teach and the one I envisaged originally was called Fly Baby Fly. However as I worked through the prompts I supplied for the class (because as it happens we teach what we most need to learn!), it became apparent to me really clearly that I was skipping a step.  And before I even contemplate flying I needed to build the wings, and that changed the class.

And me.

So now the class is Building our wings.  And I am madly excited about it.  I love what I ended up with.  Here are the photos first of all…

Building your wings

Building your wings

Even now I cannot believe I created this spread.  I love it.  LOVE IT.

I have extra videos on creating some of the mixed media papers you see that I have used to build the wings feather by feather!!

Building your wings

Building your wings

Building your wings

This spread means so much to me, and I truly hope for the people that take the class that they get something out of it…even if just a new art technique or are inspired to try something else and expand on what I have given. That would thrill me. It was such a nerve-wracking labour of love. Especially when I decided to rewrite what I was going to do. But it felt right and so I went with it.

Before we fly we need to build those wings. And I literally did…feather by feather!! Thrills me. Imagine a little squeal and dance right now!

I am not normally a page planner but I did for this, although it ended up a little bit different than how I saw it.  Though I love the direction it went in. The only thing that would be more perfect is that people would be inspired by it!

So.  This is what my class will do.  And as for the giveaway, leave a comment underneath this post and I will enter you in the draw.  It would also be super lovely if you shared the giveaway news.  But you don’t have to go through 5 billion hoops or like pages that don’t call for you to like already.

It is only a short timeframe and I will draw the winner on 31 March 10am PST time.  If you don’t leave your email with your comment then please make sure you check back here to my blog to find out the winner, other wise I will not be able to contact you.

Just to refresh your memory on why you want to join there are 20 other AMAZING teachers who I am honoured and a little intimidated to be inspiring people with, whose classes all sound beyond amazing.  Just look, but make sure you leave the comment here!!

Good luck and spread the news pretty please.   :)

Reviewing old stories

So!  Feast or famine around here clearly, but there will be this post and another today.  :) Then I will give you a break for a couple of days.  :)  I promise.

So.  Back in 2011 I did Soul Restoration with Brave Girls Club.  It was the perfect time on so many levels and really was one of those courses that touched me on a really deep level and caused some major shifts in my life. There were bits in that course that resonated with me so finely that it was tough at times as well, but shining a light on those shadows always creates a healing space.  I was flicking through my completed journal from that course and was struck by how appropriate it was for me to be relooking at the truths in that book while I was feeling a bit scattered and untethered and doubting.

I realised I had never shared the pages I completed.  A lot of it was not in my own painty style and so I felt a bit funny, but also it was so deeply vulnerable.  Looking back a few years later, I was struck by how many of the truths still applied.  A few didn’t.  But mostly to see these pages is to see me in all my deeply messy glory, and that is hard my friends.  Very. Hard.

But today is a sunny crisp autumnal day perfect for airing old truths and old pages.  But know I do so a bit tenderly.  Relooking at these pages and one of the other exercises in the course gave me the idea for another series as well (In my journal is the other one I have introduced so far! :)).  I am tying this blog down to some routines to reboot it.  And reboot me.

Before I get started, can I also say that one of the exercises in particular on that course was ENTIRELY life changing and story reframingand I really recommend the course if you are on the fence.  I am not sharing that exercise here, at least not today, but it truly was a mind blowing exercise. :)

So here are the journal pages first of all.  I did the first ever version of the course where they offered the kits as an extra.  And got this very cute denim journal which I love.  I note they never offered that option again however, which is sad.

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

Soul Restoration 1 Journal (1/11/11)

So those are my pages out of one of the journals I did. One of the other exercises was to create truth cards for ourselves.

So I went through and created some.

Stack of Unfinished Truth Cards

Well started to, and then thought I was finished. But when I refound them a little while ago I thought how unlike me they were. Unfinished, not enough paint, someone struggling with collage.

So I decided to finish them off. I finished one…

Truth Card #1

And then thought this could be a series. My truth cards. Maybe a message you may yourself have need of each week as well. In any event, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to look at the before card and the after. What makes it more me, three years later?

Also I have always wanted to make my own tarot/oracle card deck. Maybe this will lead me in to developing that idea a bit more. :)

In my journal

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last blog post.

I finished that and went to look through my photos only to realise I had not upoaded any to Flickr for quite a while. And with the computer crisis in my recent past I needed to retake photos.  Which I procrastinated about because the idea of processing all those photos made me want to poke my eyes out.

But in small chunks I got there and have a few things to share.  So rather than bombarde you I thought I would start up a couple of new regular sharing spots on my blog and catch up that way. (I have been meaning to do this since the start of the year when I first had the idea but it is never too late??? :))

So this spot is called “In my journal” and as it says I will share some pages or a page from my art journal once a week.  Sometimes it may be what  am working on currently, or some description of some technique or even a video?!.  Or some photos of old pages that I have not yet shared.  (Guess what you are being inflicted with this week and the next couple of weeks!).

Here is some proof that while I have not been sharing so much in this space I have been creating at least.  Some are messy and raw and some are tidier.  Some have lots of words and some have not so much.  Looking back through them I can see where I was working things out, and not always with words. Some are just all over the place, but they are what they are.

Others are playing and experimenting and trying things out. :)

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Words on an angel

Words on an angel

Ready

Be kind to your dreams

She was screaming on the inside

No more safety in her box

Peeking out

Autumnal goddess

The scrape of tomorrow

Holding fears