Day 27: 30 Day Journal Project

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“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ~ Rumi

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These lanterns are used in a ceremony of remembrance. Names of loved ones and messages for them are written on the sides of the lanterns.

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In my journaling for this page, I wrote about singing with other women in Threshold Choir. The choir sings annually at a Hospice Service of Remembrance as well as individual services throughout the year. But most of our singing is done in twos and threes, singing a cappella, at the bedsides of those people who are on the thresholds of living and dying.

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Our goal is to bring ease and comfort to those for whom we sing: people on the threshold and their loved ones and caregivers.

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“Andante con espressione” means at a moderately slow, walking tempo with expression.

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Yes, I know I wrote just yesterday that I would like to be more metaphorical in my images and here I am today using lamps to illustrate a quote about being a lamp.

But I already had both lamp pictures, and I especially love the floating lanterns. I’ve been waiting for just the right project for them.

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I looked through my paper to find background material for this page, using the sunset colors in the floating lantern picture.

When I came across “You are the light of my life” I tucked it into the pile to see if it would work on the page.

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Our apartment is on a corner and often in winter Rem will light candles that I can see in the window as I arrive home. In this and so many other ways, he is a lantern in my life.

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Thanks for checking out my page today. Only a few days left of #30DayJournal project!

 

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Day 26: 30 Day Journal Project

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” You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.” ~ Hericlitus

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This is what I wrote in response to the question, above:

I feel like I’ve just started a crash course and so far we’ve gotten an overview of the topic: Art Journaling.

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Now I can continue learning, copying, trying things out and when I’m lucky – flowing.

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My images have been very literal. I’d like to be more metaphorical sometimes too!

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I’m trying to find and maintain balance with my art, my health & my life.

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To curate, to keep a space ready for creativity, and to keep journaling (but NOT daily).

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Thank you to my friend Margaret for the beautiful and unique old stamps that I used as embellishment on this page. We crafted together on Friday when I was working on Day 24.

Cheers and hugs for everyone who is still hanging in with the #30DayJournal project! I’m now caught up with both the journaling and blogging.

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Day 25: 30 Day Journal Project

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“When I am…..completely myself, entirely alone… or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these ideas come I know not nor can I force them.”

~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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This picture is from the back cover of a magazine. I love the graphic black and white and extended it onto my page.

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The quote and prompts for today, Day 25 of #30DayJournal, are about tracking creative patterns. My journaling (in white ink) mostly got lost when I did the grey ink wash over the sides of the page, but I wrote about this: my ideas flow best when it’s quiet, when I don’t feel rushed and generally when I’m alone.

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Sometimes I appreciate the feedback from others, bouncing ideas around and having some company, but most of the time, and for the most productivity, my ideas flow best when I’m solo.

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When do your ideas flow best?  Thanks for stopping by.

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Day 24: 30 Day Journal Project

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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate I shall be content with silence.” ~ Ansel Adams

I went in a few directions creating this page.

I like how the negative space above the mountains in the photo on the right…

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is like a reverse of the shape of the mountains on the left.

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I’ve been rereading the daily blogs that Lisa Sonora posts, absorbing more of what she writes and following the various links to other artists blogs and other sites. I’m reading about the wide variety of people she has pulled quotes from. I’ve found an online class on collage I’m going to sign up for. A prompt for Day 24 of #30DayJournal helped me find some clarity with that decision.

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Thanks for the visit.

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Day 23: 30 Day Journal Project

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“It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.” ~  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

After the last page, which was a struggle, I greeted this one, and the prompt which asked “Remember a time when you acted freely, unselfconsciously,” with open arms.

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My journaling is about floating in a hot tub on a recent vacation. This picture captured that feeling of total relaxation.

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Small pieces of pale blue vellum have been cut to echo the shape of the water. I think they look like tiny rafts.

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Can’t you just imagine sinking into this water in this beautiful space?

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Ahhh.

The name of the author of the quote, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is pronounced something like Me-high Cheek-sent-me-high, in case you were wondering.

Thanks for your visit.

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Day 22: 30 Day Journal Project

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“Be like water making its way through cracks.

Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.

If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash.

Be water, my friend.”  ~ Bruce Lee

This project has been fascinating and frustrating! I read the quotes and prompts and think about them and sometimes my response is is fairly quick. Other times, like today, I don’t know how to respond.

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What usually happens when I’m stuck is I set a kitchen timer and give myself 5 minutes to write. For this page I was stuck on the art part. I decided to set a timer and give myself 5 minutes to paint.

I made  a mess! I swirled blue paint around the page making sideways figure 8’s. Or, I realize as I write this, the symbol for infinity over and over. That was going ok but when I added some green I lost the shapes and it become murky. In frustration, I covered the page with paint. Art from head = not working!

However, once I looked at the green page I thought of a wide, turning river and started collaging that and things started to…well, flow.

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In fact, as has happened several times now, I experienced a few instances of serendipity. Opening a plastic envelope of blue  and green paper scraps, the little square printed with “Divine flow” was right on top and wanted to be included on the page.

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My writing tried to express how I felt stagnant when I set out on the page. Black and white zigzags on washi tape represent the static in my head when I try to empty my mind.

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As I was adding finishing touches I scanned a few torn-out dictionary pages, seeking a word to add by the river. “Living” is what presented itself. And another moment of unexpected rightness: it was only after I’d pasted the bit of paper onto the page that I read the full definition, which includes “gushing forth; flowing.”

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After taking the first photo at the top of the post, I added the words “journal/journey” as seen in the second picture. They are both derived from jour, French for day or daily, as in a day’s travel or daily writing. This journal project has been a journey for me. I appreciate you traveling along with me.

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Day 21: 30 Day Journal Project

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“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.

You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.

And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”  ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

I went through my saved magazine pages seeking happy images and pulled a bunch out. These are the ones that made it to the first draft of the page, below.

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On the lower left is a box from a bar of chocolate, but it didn’t make it to the final page.

I do agree that happiness is, at least in part, a consequence of personal effort, as Elizabeth Gilbert writes. But for me, it is not something I have to fight for.

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Orange and blue are a happy color combination for me.

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On Day 21 I made a decision to take a walk in the morning rather than work on my page, and go to my choir rehearsal in the evening rather than work on my page. Although I didn’t want to fall behind on the #30DayJournal project, I wanted to take care of myself, both my physical and mental health.

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I have a peach-colored T-shirt that says “Do What Makes You Happy” with a cheerful sketch of a bicycle on it. Wearing it while shopping the other day, one of the store employees commented on it. She then turned her back to me and pulled her shirt away to show me a tattoo with the very same words! She explained that her best friend had a matching tattoo in the same place that said “Be With People Who Make You Smile.”

Those two phrases are really what helps keep me happy.  Doing things that I love to do around the people I love.

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I think Blue-Footed Boobies should wear blue bow ties more often.

Thanks for stopping by.

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