Well, you should know me better than that by now! This is a digitally "enhanced" version of a collage I recently made with magazine papers, acrylic paint, and pastels that I slammed together in my (sadly neglected) art journal.
Rumours of my having run off and joined the circus are highly exaggerated. I'm still here visiting the old homestead on the west coast and, as my time here winds down, I'm beginning to panic and have an irresistible urge to make some markings in the art journal I started several weeks ago. When my morning at the breakfast table begins with tearing out pages from art magazines, a day of collaging is bound to ensue. This is an example of the result.
Here's a double-page spread, not necessarily meant to be "read" together or taken as one "canvas" but I find that one page tends to play off the other. It shows my brain at work, I guess, making associations of colours and shapes. On the left (Art=The Bitter Truth), you see the basis for the image at the top of this posting, which I think could translate to a very good painting on canvas at a future date. Maybe. Meanwhile, it's great to be able to "paint" with the very limited tools and space that I have on hand.
"ART enjoy:" is certainly a more upbeat message than that of the left hand page. Both messages hold truth, though, don't you think?
Of course, I couldn't resist doing a little Photoshopping with this page as well, cropping it and adding an underpainting filter. Again, could be fodder for a future canvas.
If I'd had any idea that an art journal as a place to experiment would be so engaging (I almost glued my fingers together with all the collaging) I wouldn't have neglected it for so long. But then, the "muse," that irresistible urge or need to make some sort of art, doesn't always strike when we want her to. All we can do is welcome her in when she shows up and provide her with our undivided attention. I think that's the trickiest part...cultivating the time and space that allows concentrated attention to flourish.
Supper? Not tonight, dear.