Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

I am playing with found "poetry"

I am really fond of words, but I have found it hard to include words in my journal pages. As part of 2015 I am trying to incorporate them in a variety of ways.  The page here contains words from a single page of Jane Eyre.   I have always thought about this book as containing some really amazing prose, but I have also been interested in how poetic a lot of it is.  The words here are not particularly poetic, but they came just as the painting and scratching on the journal page revealed itself to be a dog.. So they called it out of the page and here it is.....

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I keep thinking this is done

and then something else catches my eye and I am back at it.  Not like me much to get this close to a stopping point and not stop.  In any case, I got to playing with a photo of this page on my tablet in a paint program.

When I was through translating what I did on the tablet to the page it looked much different from what I was seeing on the tablet, and I am not sure I like it as much, but I guess that is why I am still playing with it.

Now it looks like this... next week, who knows..

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015

I have never been a huge fan of  resolutions, but along the way to adulthood I encountered the idea of a "word" and the idea that a word can change your focus.  I have tried different words over the years.

The last I remember well was "process" which was supposed to make me enjoy the path to making things rather than focusing only on the finished product.  It worked with knitting.  Hand me needles and yarn and I knit.  I care not WHAT  I  knit, I only care that I knit. I make things that I can later give away because I am usually not emotionally attached to them once they are done, though I love them while I am making them.

This year I have been thinking about it for a while, and this is the word.

I have been frustrated with myself lately because everything that I want to try/do requires setting something up (printing press), making something first to use in the process (gelliplate), organizing something so I can look at it differently (work on the archive of letters etc. I got from my father), .... the list is endless and it goes on.

SO  this year I am focusing on the word DO.  Will the elves help? I doubt it somehow but they are exemplars, I wanted to hang them up but they were old and faded so I didn't.  Then I colored on them and there they are. and of course there is the Yoda quote, that is never far away....

"DO .... or do not. There is no try"

Got a word for the year that you are interested in?