Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sheltering In and A Note to "Desired Grace"

Sheltering in...Some days I go inward more than others...
It's OK from time to time to be a hermit, 
it revitalizes me. 
But one also needs a balance, of getting out, being with people. 
But those things are out of reach at the moment.
Between wearing a mask that makes breathing hard,
& worrying that people are coming too close,
it's easier to just stay in. Or to walk close to home where there are few passersby.

Small things, like making coffee in the morning,
take on greater importance these days.

In my daily journal I note small occurences,
(of which there are many) 
as well as broader reflections. 
Big events? There are few, if any.

I doodle & dabble here at home.

I spend time organizing papers, notes & drawings.
I've made great progress, 
but some times it doesn't feel as if I have. 

Penmanship practice soothes me. Pen & watercolor...

I'm often content & grateful. But lately I am missing the freedom to move about & to explore the world in the way that I did before....

A note to a nice young lady whose blog is Desired Grace:Thank you for asking my permission to use some of my sketches. I must say no, please don't use them in any way, but it was gracious of you to ask. They are my own personal responses to my world, & I encourage you to experiment & to find your own responses & images. 

PS The spacing wouldn't work the way it used to. Has anyone had this problem on the new platform?

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Journaling Practice: Organizing

I've been absorbed in my journaling practice...
I taught a little Zoom workshop with a focus on 
organizational forms of journaling:
Planner/calendar meets Sketchbook Diary
The prep work got me to develop my own practice far deeper
than ever before.
Some of my current active notebooks:
• Daily Journal (Master Journal)
• French & Polish Study 
• Music & Dance 
• Food & Fitness
• Weekly Creative Journaling Group
• Art Learning/Noting
• Journal About Making Journals 
• Creative Projects Journal

My three most actively used notebook journals.

Perhaps journaling wouldn't be such an active part of my life
if I weren't sheltering in most of the time. 

With the influence of many online journalers my layouts
are more conscious now. There is consistency with variety
from day to day.
The colors & color codes are not only fun, 
but they help me to be able to easily refer back.

A before picture. 
This started out to be a Books, Music & Films
notebook. Eeek! what chaos.
Soon I'll begin the work 
of organizing this into a neat little notebook.

In the meantime I've been organizing my old art work.
I found some plastic sheet protectors with 2" X 2" slots 
for old fashioned slides at a yard sale. 
I've been filling the little pockets
with all these snippet cutouts 
that I'd thrown willy nilly into a box.

What's cool is that now that I know where to find them,
I'm actually using them in some of my current creating!!

All this journal writing & organizing 
would not be as much of a pleasure
if I didn't love to handwrite with fountain pens
on beautifully smooth paper...
And if I didn't love using my art materials, 
especially the watercors & colored pencils.
So, my Sketchbook Wandering takes place more within
the confines of my home these days
than out of doors.