So what's so new about these pages? I don't really think these pages stray too much from my usual "look" but I do think I'm working differently. Here's what I'm trying:
- I am trying to make faster decisions about what to do or include on a page...go more with my gut as it were. I'm not worried about completing a page in one sitting (in fact, I prefer not to do that anyway.) I just want to agonize less over each technique or composition question. Inside the front cover of this journal I wrote that this is "an investigative dance of control and chaos."
- I'm forcing myself to mix and match my media by including watercolor work alongside collage work alongside acrylics work. Believe or not, my "don't let the foods touch" brain finds this extremely difficult.
- I'm trying not to worry about whether or not a page has words or journaling. I tend to be a novel writer-type, spilling endlessly onto my pages about the same things over and over so I am making a conscious effort to let the visual portion of the page stand on its own if it feels right. In the past, I've done this and really liked the results but then I fall back into the write-till-you-drop rut.
- While I
am including collage materials (especially altered classic art,) I am trying to let my own self-generated
imagery be the star on the page. For the last few years, I've been
trying to move away from using anything for collage that isn't my own
and I think I've been making great strides towards that personal goal. (More
drawing & painting practice helps a lot...more practice equals more
- I am practicing letting things go. Again this is something I know to do but forget to apply. For example, I absolutely loathe the little girl holding the umbrella (I have trouble rendering faces in acrylic) but it is what it is and I need to just move on. There's not much to this particular page but in my brain, it does comemmorate a particularly vicious rainstorm that occurred that day. The memory of the process of creating this page is what links to my memory of the storm. The awful painted face is irrelevant.