Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Full Moon Rising

I made a point of watching the moon rise, 
the last night before Spring officially turned. 
I sketched quickly from the upstairs window.
This gorgeous ball,
moved quickly as she rose.
Forget science, forget tanky machines & flags 
on the moon, THIS was the poetic moon 
of childhood wonder & awe!
A sketch, once she was higher and...
again, color was added from memory. 

I prefer to sketch & write notes.
But sometimes I'm grateful for my little camera. 

She is called The Full Worm Moon,
March being the month when earth worms begin to appear.      
   (Well, maybe not in Maine.)
Also The Sap Moon, when maple sap begins to flow...

 Below: Same place, the next morning.
The sun was now taking the moon's place, 
rising in just about the same place, to the East. 
 And while we had slept the night before,
that old moon had worked her way 
across the southern night sky, toward the West.
I went out to see her before she set behind western tree tops.
She was the same size as the night before, 
but she had on a misty, softly lit robe,
instead of her dazzling nightime party dress.

Springtime! A new awakening!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Art Journaling • Bullet Journaling

Above: "Rita's Reminders for Kindness & Care"

 I'm exploring the Bullet Journal phenomenon.
It's a way to make the organization of 
tasks, goals & intentions clear, tangible, and fun,
especially, I think, for the non-linear person (moi).
Apparently there is a whole community out there 
of people like myself. People who get distracted
by the great amount of stimulus that is in our culture,
thanks to technology (& consumerism).
And people who love to write, paint & draw on paper
verses on the computer.

When a children's librarian, on Valentine's Day, 
presented our Art Journal Group 
with a pile of disorganized cutout hearts for collages,
the participants created lovely designs 
with personal expressions. 
My hearts turned into a list.

In this group there is no time to censor images, 
or to judge them, 
so they get released quickly & authentically.
They are unrefined drafts. I'm often surprised
by the images that pop out, both as writing & drawing,
that reflect parts of myself, my past, or my interests.

I have recently created some Bullet Journal type charts 
on paper that are helping me enormously to 
live more intentionally, healthily, & efficiently.
I think they will evolve with time 
to be more artistic than they are now, 
& maybe they'll be integrated into my sketchbook journals. 

Thanks to Ryder Carroll who devised this 
Bullet Journal method & philosophy, 
to BoHo Berry who has adpated it 
in her artistic way, & to all artistic Bullet Journalers 
who generously share their analog versions 
of organizational tools through, ironically, electronic media!

And, Thanks Amy, our weekly Art Journal Leader!