Every artist, creative soul has the moment when they feel and understand that there is that unique form of expression that belongs to them. Some will be following subject matter, some may go through colours phases or obsessions with the personal muse. Exploring your own creative journey, seeing what type of art attracts you or where art want to take you is the part of artist's life. The challenge starts when this is actually art directing you to the unfamiliar, unexpected place. Somewhere you have not seen yourself before or - to make it more complicated- somewhere where others may question you a lot...So this is your light- the reason art called you but the light is dark and others expect it to shine...Artistic self-acceptance is so much more than self-acceptance...It is going beyond yourself and your creative identity...
Failure- not so much popular subject is it? Not many posts on social media of our creative failures, attempts that do not lead anyway or turn out to be something totally different. Creative failure- does it exist? How can we redefine the failure to actually incorporate it into a creative process? First of all try to say and imagine the expression "failure" without the negative connotation. Can you? Why is our mind so resistant to understand and accept failure? Is that because failure equals rejection? Rejection of what? Self-worth, self-importance or maybe it defines us in the way we do not like to show? Let's fail creatively!
People say that talking to yourself is a first sign of madness. How about talking to yourself about art (mad enough?) and then recording it and making a clip! Artist self-talk is the inspiration for the series "Behind the journals". So far there are 3 clips where I question self-expression, emotional release and state of mind- all having important role in a creative process. Behind the journals is more about the mind talk than picking up the brush. All because to be able to pick up a brush, open your journal and give it a start you need to talk- often talk to yourself...
Subconscious Collage for Art Journaling Episode 6 is now out. This time I am sharing my slower process and you can see the page spread built during 2 days. Some layers are taken off and incorporated into the page in a different way. Lots of combining, exploring, taking time and waiting for the creative process to flow.
Art journaling and your approach to it is like a life journey- it keeps changing, developing and growing as you do. That is the magic of this visual form of art- it is so close to human expression and need to connect with inner world that is able to take you to new places of your own personality. The process may be not straight forward, often difficult and full of disappointment, but by the end of day you get a priceless reward in a form of seeing your own ego and being able to overcome it. I am not such a master yet, far away from that but I am definitely trying to steer in that direction. Hence the reason my art journaling process is becoming slower and more complex. Here is the last week adventure...
I missed April Artstirrer so this one is a joined version for April and May called "Spring 2016". Very yellow as we heading towards the summer and some inspiration for your creative life with my typical sprinkle of humour.
Hope you enjoy!
Creative life and connecting with you true artist within is so much more than sitting in your studio with paper and art supplies. I deeply believe once you had started being genuinely involved in process of making art it goes so far beyond that. It becomes your self development project and in result your life starts being devoted to digging deeper into the creative voice and it is not one off happening. It is the process of constant renewal, where you go from one stage to another all the time: ready to try, fail, accept and move on.
heaART Journal Magazine in May issue published my work and a short interview as well:) You can see the process of building a page step by step, read about my supplies, way of creating and inspiration. In May issue there are lots of other artist who inspire with different approaches-there is a mixed media canvas, sacred geometry and massive article for fans of Bullet Journal project. As being their contributor I am able to share a gift of a free issue with my tribe:) So the whole May issue is free for you to grab!
Tempted for a while I finally decided to create new series of inspirational clips devoted to looking what emotions and states of mind drive the process of art journaling. Those clips are much shorted than Subconscious Collage project and are meant to play a role of "inspiration injections". I am planning also to produce those more often and build new series. Here are some questions and answers that may explain more about this idea:
Episode 5 of Subconscious Collage for Art Journaling is now out! This time I am trying to get you thinking on the matter of self-care. Something we tend to ignore, temporally put at the back of our mind just to find out later that forgetting about it brings more trouble. Self-care is not being selfish either self-centred. It is a necessary part of functioning, required background for your personal growth. Saying that we all know how difficult it is as there is feeling of guilt, duty and devotion that keeps popping up in our mind when we need to say "no" to certain things and "yes" to ourselves.