When I look out the window today, there’s a ray of sunshine and a small, blue spot visible in the grey and cloudy sky… I also noticed that the little blue flowers in my front yard (don’t know the name, I should take a photo!) finally came to bloom – they are very late this year because of the cold, but now Spring seems to finally has arrived. It is a good day for a long walk and I might just do that this afternoon. But first a blogpost with a haiku, art journal pages and some link love…
Haiku My Heart Friday
Het leven zoals het is
Tot het ons loslaat
Life As It Is
Until It Releases Us
This haiku was found/written for Haiku my Heart Friday.
Visit Rebecca at Recuerda Mi Corazon to find the list of participants of this haiku circle.
… in Autumn.
|Ga mee naar Schotland
dan wandelen we nog eens
langs ‘Water of Leith’
||Let’s go to Scotland
and stroll along the river
Like we did before
(Written for Haiku my Heart Friday - list of today's participants here)
or… even better…
The past days were busy, busy, busy, as the articles for the second issue
of FEATURING are getting designed. Because of the tropical temperatures
in the Netherlands at the beginning of the week, we had to shut down the
computers for two or three days. That meant a delay in the progress of the
magazine and we’re working our asses off to get everything done now.
There’s a lot of work involved, not only for the designer but for me also.
Deliberating, editing and criticizing & judging the look of the pages, to
name some activities. It is all worth it though, as readers are enthusiastic
about the magazine. (See the review Quinn McDonald wrote – yep, Quinn!
Author of the book Raw Art Jounaling – which, by the way, I highly
recommend, especially if you are a beginner at art journaling – but where
was I? Oh, yes, Quinn. She bought the magazine without my knowledge and
I was happily surprised to find out that she wrote a review on her blog.)
Bottom line: busy I am.
But today is Friday… and this morning, I took some time off to find
a photo and write a haiku and a blogpost. I also have an art journal page
that I made last Summer but have not showed yet. And of course there is
the weekly ‘Chronicles’ spread. How could I not make a chronicles spread?
It is a ‘quick and easy’ page this time due to lack of time, but it’s there.
It was late.
Way past midnight.
My beloved and I were still downstairs.
We sat on the couch and talked.
We know each other for 15 years and
we still can talk all night.
About anything and
The door to the garden was open.
A sultry Summer night.
Suddenly, we heard a strange sound…
After the last, stressful and busy weeks I decided I deserved a ‘day off.’
Yesterday was it! The sun was shining. The door to the garden was open
and I started collecting all the gorgeous paper scraps I could find in the house.
I felt a bit rusty – I’m not in the creating flow lately – so nothing better
then to take out the grid journal and start cutting paper.
The ‘grid journal’ is especially made for times like this – when the mind
isn’t in creating mode yet but the fingers itch…
I didn’t think about it much.
I put some brushstrokes (acrylic paint) on the background.
I cut squares of beautiful and textured paper and glued it on the page.
Just like that.
Just to please the eye.
To get in the flow.
op een mooie namiddag.
Vrede met alles
|| Textured paper on
a delightful afternoon.
At peace with the world
The haiku came with it – and I subscribe it to ‘Haiku my Heart Friday’.
Haiku my Heart is hosted by Rebecca, You can find the list with all
haiku participants on her blog Recuarda Mi Corazon.
With this grid page, the atmosphere was set.
The flow was there.
Here’s the other pieces I made.
Not much time to write a blogpost today but some things to show,
so you have to settle for a few images and a haiku.. I’ll keep it short.
(I can almost hear you giggle – ‘Marit? Keep it short?’)
But I mean it. Two art journal pages, a photo and a haiku. That’s it!
When I uploaded
the images for this
post, I noticed the
work is all focused
on red (hence the
title). I wasn’t even
aware of that when
I worked on these
This is a detail
photo of a page I
made in the ‘grid’
journal last week.
Can you tell what it is yet?
(You can click on each photo in this post to enlarge)
Summer in the Netherlands.
Grey skies and 63 degrees outside.
Sweatshirt and thick socks.
Endless reruns on television.
I go with the flow so today I show you my own ‘rerun’
of a little book I made for my mum in 2008
(yes, I’ve been writing haiku’s for years…)