Snippets: Weeks 25 and 26
As I was working in this spread, I had a very clear epiphany about my future in journaling. After I complete my Snippets journal at the end of the year, I will not begin any new journal projects that feature collage as the primary medium. In general, I just don't feel that collage of images outside of my own hand speak best for me and this past week, that realization settled into me like a comforting cup of cocoa. I'm ready to move into focusing on sketchbook-style journaling (urban sketching/nature journals/illustrative journals...whatever you wish to call them) with my whole heart. I realized that I'm still collaging because I'm afraid to fully commit to the world as I see and can render it. More importantly, I need to move forward because my drawing abilities have an expiration date, a point in time unknown to me but there nonetheless. Eventually, Parkinson's is going to steal away my steady right hand; even now, my left side sometimes shakes so hard, it makes my motor control on my unaffected side complete trash. No matter how artfully I arrange a sticker, vintage photo, and a scrap of paper, it just doesn't interest me anymore. I feel a deep pull to go in a fresh direction.
The urge to draw became so strong this past week, I actually set this journal aside for a couple of days just to spend time in my sketchbooks. I was sick of gluing and craved the scritch-scratch of pen and pencil. There is simplicity, power, and purity in drawing what I see, no matter how imperfect the results. I'll keep working on projects currently in process, collage-based or not, but Snippets will be my last hurrah as far as collage is concerned. (I felt so relieved when I typed those words just now...sigh...)
I also want to note that the wonderful little girl leaping through the June 16th entry is by the one and only Mary Blair. I have a reproduction copy of the Little Golden Book she illustrated titled Fly and I just had to pair the cover image with that incredible poem "Wild Child" by Lauri Rose. I added the tiny heart sticker to Mary's illustration but beyond that, left it as it was. I thought those two works of art were destined to go together.