JohnP

Follow Your Dreams

Exuberance

I walked down to the lake on Saturday afternoon wearing just a sweatshirt because we had an unusually warm sunny day for a Connecticut winter. There are a few park benches where you can sit and look at the ripples in the water and let time slowly pass by. It was so peaceful.

When you let time stand still like that you feel rejuvenated and renewed. You gain perspective on your life. Later on, when I was home, I went downstairs to my art studio and exuberance is what came out in my art journal. Giving myself space to just be let the feelings flow through me.

I had attended a volunteer meeting at Epoch Arts that morning and I am happy to say that I will be teaching two mixed media art workshops there in the next session of classes, art journaling and inspiration cards for ages 12 through adult. Teaching and sharing art has been a dream of mine for a long while. You need to follow your dreams.

Tonight I decided to relax and not do anything but daydream and listen to the rain on the skylight. My thoughts drifted like the ripples on the water at the lake and I realized I need to spend more time like this and less time rushing around in busyness and activity. The world isn’t going to stop turning if I miss a meeting. The dishes in the sink can wait until tomorrow. The To Do list will always be there and most items on the list can wait another day, or longer.

What is truly important? The people you love – your family, your true friends, that special person in your heart and life. And you are so important – that person inside of you who needs to take time for self, to relax, and to just be.

JohnP

Art Journaling – Medicine Wheel

Art journal wheel

This piece was loosely inspired by the Medicine Wheel which is used by Native American tribes for health and healing. The four quadrants of the circle represent the Four Directions: East, South, West, and North.

Different tribes have different interpretations for the Medicine Wheel. Each direction typically has a distinctive color and each direction can represent a number of different concepts, for example stages of life, seasons of the year, aspects of life, or elements of nature.

On Friday night, while drifting off between awake and asleep, I had a vision of what I wanted to create the next day. I reached for the pad and pen on my nightstand, drew a circle with a horizontal and a vertical line, and wrote the words four seasons. When I looked at the piece of paper the next day, I realized that this was a Medicine Wheel.

I went through my day thinking about this in the back of my mind. I work intuitively and don’t have any plan when I sit down to make art. Then I thought about what my special friend said to me the other night when we were talking about weekend plans. And he said… “No plan is the best plan – just go with the flow. Something good always comes up.”

When I was ready, I decided to work at the dining room table instead of in my art studio downstairs. I gathered up my new Canson CP 140lb art journal, my portable art tote, my Derwent intense blocks, and later on my bin of stamp pads. I don’t know how to explain how this piece happened, because it just did.

It’s a very simple piece and it reflects how I feel right now. It also reflects who I am as an artist. I was quite happy with this when it was finished. It marks a lot of new beginnings for me, both in my art and in my life.

JohnP

New Beginnings in Art

There are no words

I have been thinking about doing this for a long while and decided to sign up for WordPress for my art website today. Over the next few weeks I will set up a new art website here. It is exciting to see all of the plugins and features that are available with WordPress. There is a learning curve of course, but it will be fun exploring this platform that is the backbone for many websites.

I will be sharing my art work and inspiration here. I have been art journaling for about seven years and have grown so much through this practice. Art journaling lets you uncover and bring your feelings to the surface so that you can express yourself in a positive way and increase self awareness.

It is important to do what inspires you in the moment. I work in different media because at any one moment in time I am inspired to express myself in different ways. Sometimes I might want to draw or sketch out ideas. Sometimes I might want to work on an altered card deck. Sometimes I might want to work on a quilt. Other times I might want to paint and that could be in an art journal, on loose paper, or on canvas. There are often times when I don’t create anything while ideas are percolating in the back of my mind. Whatever you choose to do is your truth and your own path to follow. There is no must or should. There is only do what is right for you.

I want to inspire you to grow your creativity in your own way. I plan to develop offerings such as e-books, tutorials, and classes. I love creating intuitive art and am excited about sharing this with others.

We are all artists. You can follow our own path and express yourself in your own way. I would like to light the path to your art spirit and open the door to creativity.

Mary