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Journaling . . . a Painting a Day or each Week?

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM

This past year I've started art journaling in earnest. And it's a marvelous experience - good for hand, heart, eye and soul.

If you're inclined to do some hands-on drawing or painting or both, and don't know where to begin, this simple approach lets the everyday become extra special and soon your subjects are taking on rich and creative life. 

I've also found that art journaling is a way to delve into the humor, contradictions and love I feel for specific people, places and things. Experience gives us wisdom but the unconscious elements of physically drawing and painting - without planning out every last detail - produce a bridge to the subconscious, a bridge that leads to detail, love and surprise.

In these efforts, I've spent more than one workshop experience, and have to embrace the online workshop also, due to living in Norway most of the year. That said, I couldn't have been luckier than to find Laure Ferlita's instructional support and framework, found at her art business Imaginary Trips.

Maybe you'll want to start - or pursue - a dream of creating art and memories too. If so, why don't you join one of her extremely affordable adventures, a visit or a full-fledged trip.

This experience has also helped me understand more fully how, when I am not plein air, I can create 'as if there' - also planning elements of my work so as to focus, arrange, crop emphasize, exaggerate, embellish, edit and - generally follow Laure's instructional directions to get amazingly creative and professional results.

You'll find her busy online and offline, but you can start here: www.imaginarytrips.com

Enjoy making every day a day to remember - with artistic journaling!


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