Don’t you just love that sentence?
Do you ever want to ‘become an island’?
Here’s my haiku for today.
Again: books from my collection.
I realize I open up and expose myself quite a lot by showing you my books –
I “showcase some of the building blocks that have crafted my knowledge,
personality and identity.”
“Sharing your shelf is sharing yourself “ says Peter Knox on the Guardian
website (September 7, 2012 – Read the article here)
Well… here’s again a part of me for Haiku my Heart Friday
|Een eiland worden
Tussen iemand en niemand
De prijs der vrijheid
|Become an Island
Between someone and no one
The price of freedom
(The top and bottom books are Dutch, the book by Joseph Brodsky
is originally titled ‘Less then one’.)
I have been obsessed by circles lately…
I have no idea where that comes from but here’s a page in my art journal,
showing you what I mean.
(Size: 21 x 29,7 cm - 8.3 x 11.7 inch)
Usually on Fridays, I have visitors from the Haiku circle coming over to
my blog (hi guys!) All these haiku writers love language and play with words
– are creative in that field – but not all call themselves artists or know about
art journaling. Last week I received a comment from Joe Spado, a loyal and
loved member of the Haiku circle. In response to this art work he said:
Your Fall Fearless and Fly Challenge looks like a corn cob. Do you write
in an art journal after you make one? Or is the art itself that appears the
journal? (I am an art dunce and by asking these questions and mentioning
the corn cob I am showing that side of myself unashamedly)
My thoughts and answers may be interesting to the rest of you too,
so here it goes:
First: I love the idea of a corn cob. I never saw it that way and in fact the
idea fills me with new inspiration… I’m tempted now to explore shapes of
corn and corn cobs to use in my art. I love the fact that viewers sometimes
see art completely different then the artist and I think that’s alright.
Art does not have to be ‘obvious’ – I like it when the viewer is allowed to
speculate and interpreter a work of art in a way he/she chooses.
(By the way: the image on this page is a stone covered with ancient types
or runes, I cut it out of an old ‘National Geographic’ magazine.)
My thoughts about Art Journaling and how I work
An art journal is sort of a ‘visual diary.’ This meaning is quite ‘open’ so there’s
a lot that can be called ‘art journaling’. When you create something for fun –
like a collage for example – and add a random quote to the page: it fits the
meaning of ‘art journaling.’ Some artists work on loose pages but I myself like
working in blank books that I make myself. I never buy a sketchbook! I buy
good quality paper that is suitable to hold paint and glue and writing and
hand bind it into a journal. I have several laying around to work in (mostly
different shapes and some of my journals have a ‘theme’)
With my art journaling I always try to give the pages a personal touch.
To me, art journaling (art in general!) has to be about emotion or show
a certain ‘urgency’ – but that can be reached in several ways (by images/
shapes/colors or text – or both)
When I create I go back and forth between text and image. I might start with
an image or certain colour in mind and during the process think of texts, or
maybe a song lyric comes to mind. The latter was the case when I worked
on this page Without knowing where it came from, the following song lyrics
popped in my head:
Or have you come by again
To die again.
Try again another day
(from “Another time” – Pearls Before Swine
full lyrics are published under the video)
These lines somehow seemed to complete the image, so I wrote them
on the page.
My ‘Chronicles‘ on the other hand, are sort of an ‘old fashioned diary’.
In short, I jot down what I did that week, write about my thoughts and
events and what happened. It’s a bit of a mix between a diary and a calendar.
I keep the ‘Chronicles’ mostly for art-related thoughts because I don’t like
to share too much personal/private stuff on the Internet. These things does
sneak in on the pages though – that is why I sometimes blur the text before
I show it on my blog. In this art journal, the text is important and I illustrate
it with images. There are some pages that I find an image that completely ‘fits
the week’ and says it all. In that case, I use the picture instead of words (like
on this page – nothing happened during the week that was worthwhile writing
about, exept that it rained all week. This image said it all.)
I hope you appreciated this glimpse into my art process.
If there are more questions: let me know and I will do my best to answer them.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
NOTE: There will be an extra (special) post on my blog this weekend.